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; Lahore CC), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry, American actress and singer (Hamilton), born in San Jose, California
  • Taye Diggs, American actor (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man), born in Newark, New Jersey
Born in 1971

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? 52 years, 2 months and 30 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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: My Sweet Lord/Isn't It A Pity - George Harrison
  • UK #1 Song: I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds