What Happened on February 26, 1971

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright;], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Hélène Ségara, French singer
  • Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
  • Rick Lyle, defensive end/defensive tackle (NY Jets)

Famous Deaths

  • Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), dies at 76