On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1971

Historical Events

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk

Famous Birthdays

  • Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Scott Williams, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname

Famous Deaths

  • Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
1971 Highlights

About January 16, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 9 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn