On This Day

What Happened on January 20, 1971

Historical Events

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

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

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Brian Giles, American baseball player, born in El Cajon, California
  • Gary Barlow, English pop singer (Take That), born in Frodsham, United Kingdom
  • Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
1971 Highlights

About January 20, 1971

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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