On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1971

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Aamer Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 20 wickets; 9 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Taye Diggs, American actor

Famous Deaths

  • Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
1971 Highlights

About January 2, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Day after New Year's Day (New Zealand), New Year Holiday (United Kingdom)

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