What Happened in January 1971

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • Jan 2 Spectator crush at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland as Rangers supporters leave the ground with home team 0-1 behind to Old Firm rivals Celtic; 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries; Rangers score late for 1-1
  • Jan 3 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

AFC Championship

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

  • 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

Sports History

Jan 5 Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak
  • Jan 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music Concert

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

  • 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 Theater, 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 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home

NBA 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

  • Jan 12 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 13 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances

Sports History

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

  • Jan 14 Cricketer 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 Single

Jan 15 George Harrison releases 1st solo single "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK; tops the charts in 15 countries, and becomes subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit

World Record

Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)

  • 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 17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

Pro Wrestling

Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champ

Meeting of Interest

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

NHL All-Star Game

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

  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association

Music History

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

Music Single

Jan 20 Tamla Records releases Marvin Gaye's single "What's Going On" about police brutality, from the album of the same name

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

Music Recording

Jan 22 John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band record "Power to the People" at his Ascot Sound home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England

  • 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 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • 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

Coup d'état

Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 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 Stanford University 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 winning 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 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American basketball guard (WNBA champion 2007, 09 assistant coach, Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Chris Potter, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Red Rodney; Paul Motian; Dave Holland), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 1 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 20 wickets; 9 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Jan 2 Renée Elise Goldsberry, American actress and singer (Hamilton), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 2 Taye Diggs, American actor (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestinian-American journalist (Al Jazeera), born in Jerusalem (d. 2022)
  • 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 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist & sculptor, born in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture
  • 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 5 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Jan 5 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 6 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer, born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • Jan 7 C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler, born in Emit, North Carolina
  • Jan 7 Jeremy Renner, American actor (The Hurt Locker; The Avengers), born in Modesto, California
  • 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 MLB baseball infielder, 1995-2014, 5X All-Star (Oakland A's, New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian novelist & cultural critic, born in Brockville, Canada
  • Jan 9 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American hip hop artist, born in London, United Kingdom [1]
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey left wing (941 NHL games; Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks), born in London, Ontario
  • Jan 9 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director, born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan

Sergi BrugueraSergi Bruguera (51 years old)

Jan 10 Italian Tennis Star, born in Barcelona, Spain

  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)

Mary J. BligeMary J. Blige (51 years old)

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

  • 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

Regina KingRegina King (51 years old)

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

  • Jan 16 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 17 Ann Wolfe, American boxer, born in Oberlin, Louisiana
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • Jan 17 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 17 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author & journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (Formula 3000 1991; 24 Hours of Daytona 2004, 14, 18; 12 Hours of Sebring 2015; 6 Hours of Watkins Glen 2013, 16, 17), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 18 Jonathan Davis, American rock singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 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 19 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 John Wozniak, American singer & songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Shawn Wayans, American actor (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2000, 01; Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, SD Padres, born in El Cajon, California
  • Jan 20 Gary Barlow, English pop singer ("Take That"), born in Frodsham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American drummer, producer bandleader (The Roots), and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (Summer of Soul), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 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 22 Bucky Brooks, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), 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 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 24 Andrea Mackris, American television producer, born in Missouri, United States
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Jan 24 Saalman Raelyn, American actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Fostoria, Ohio
  • Jan 24 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 25 Ana Ortiz, American actress (Ugly Betty - "Hilda"), and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jan 25 China Kantner, American actress & daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 25 Herman Smith, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Jan 25 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Jan 25 Kevin Williams, American football wide receiver (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 25 Luca Badoer, Italian racing driver, born in Montebelluna, Italy
  • Jan 25 Vincent Brisby, American NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Weddings

Stephen King

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

Famous Divorces

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [Bertha Levine], American actress (All Fall Down) and nightclub owner, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 7 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies from complications from a blood clotting disorder at 60
  • Jan 8 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, American Baseball HOF outfielder (AL batting champion 1905; NL RBI leader 1900; 2 × AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Bronchos/Naps), dies at 94
  • Jan 9 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 10 (Gabrielle) "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87
  • 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 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • 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 a 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, American actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • 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