What Happened on February 26, 1971

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day

  • Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American R&B and progressive soul singer-songwriter ("On and On"; "Bag Lady"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Hélène Ségara, French pop singer, born in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
  • Max Martin [Karl Martin Sandberg], Swedish Grammy Award-winning pop record producer and songwriter, with Shellback (Pink; Maroon 5; Taylor Swift; Avril Lavigne), born in Stenhamra, Sweden
  • Rick Lyle, American football defensive end (NY Jets), born in Monroe, Louisiana
Born in 1971

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, and librettist dies at 43
  • Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace; Roman Holiday), dies at 76

About February 26, 1971

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 1 month and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Pisces

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
  • UK #1 Song: My Sweet Lord - George Harrison