On This Day

What Happened in January 1971

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • Jan 3 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 3 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 3 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10
  • Jan 4 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • Jan 4 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • Jan 4 Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • Jan 5 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • Jan 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 6 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Jan 7 -40°F (-40°C) in Hawley Lake, Arizona (state record)
  • Jan 8 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, California
  • Jan 8 Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • Jan 9 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 10 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • Jan 10 Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • Jan 11 Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 12 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 12 Congressional Black Caucus organizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • Jan 12 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Jan 13 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 In a high profile NHL trade, the Montreal Canadiens obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Jan 14 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 17 At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil

  • Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWF champ
  • Jan 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 19 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 20 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 20 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 20 Single "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye about police brutality is released

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 23 -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • Jan 23 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 24 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state

BattleCoup d'état

Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • Jan 27 Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • Jan 27 The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 1 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • Jan 2 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jan 2 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 2 Taye Diggs, American actor
  • Jan 2 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jan 3 Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 4 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 4 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 4 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia
  • Jan 4 Jeremy Licht, American actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • Jan 4 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • Jan 4 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist & sculptor, born in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture
  • Jan 5 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Jan 5 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 6 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions), born in Arnold, Missouri
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • Jan 6 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer, born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jan 7 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler, born in Emit, North Carolina
  • Jan 7 Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • Jan 8 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • Jan 8 Brook Lee, American actress & model (Miss Hawaii 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997), born in Pearl City, Hawaii
  • Jan 8 Darren Langdon, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Deer Lake, Canada
  • Jan 8 Jason Giambi, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Jan 9 Bill Schroeder, American NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in London, Canada
  • Jan 9 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American hip hop artist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian novelist & cultural critic, born in Brockville, Canada
  • Jan 9 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director, born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 10 Sergi Bruguera, Italian tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)

Person of interestMary J. Blige

Jan 11 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
  • Jan 11 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 12 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • Jan 12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 12 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Jan 13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 13 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • Jan 14 Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer, born in Arta, Greece
  • Jan 14 Lasse Kjus, Norwegian skier, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 15 LeShon Johnson, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Haskell, Oklahoma

Person of interestRegina King

Jan 15 Regina King, American actress (Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Actress Regina King
Actress
Regina King
  • Jan 16 Josh Evans, actor (Ricochett, The Doors)
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, Orange California, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 17 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician
  • Jan 17 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
  • Jan 17 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 18 Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver (Formula 3000 1991), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 18 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • Jan 18 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian politician & television personality, born in St. John's, Canada
  • Jan 18 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author & journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Jan 19 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Reggie Brooks, American NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 19 Shawn Wayans, American actor (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 19 John Wozniak, American singer & songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That), born in Frodsham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball player, born in El Cajon, California
  • Jan 21 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jan 21 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • Jan 21 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • Jan 22 Bucky Brooks, American football wide receiver & sportswriter (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jan 22 Stan Collymore, English football player, born in Stone, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Adam Parore, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 23 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 23 Kevin Mawae, American football center (Seattle Seahawks), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 23 Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter, born in Upminster, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Marc Nelson, American singer & songwriter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 24 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, NFL guard/center (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 24 Saalman Raelyn, Fostoria Ohio, actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold)
  • Jan 24 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 7 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 11 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist and pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies from complications from a blood clotting disorder at 60
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)

Person of interestCoco Chanel

Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 13 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 14 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • Jan 31 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, dies at 79