What Happened on January 20, 1971

Historical Events

World Record 1000m

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

Music Single

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

1971 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Brian Giles, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2000, 01; Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, SD Padres, 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 drummer, producer bandleader (The Roots), and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (Summer of Soul), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Born in 1971

Famous Deaths

  • Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Broncho Billy Anderson [Maxwell Aronson], American silent and sound screen actor, the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train Robbery; A Lucky Dog), and studio executive, dies at 90 [1]

About January 20, 1971

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 52 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Knock Three Times - Dawn
  • UK #1 Song: Grandad - Clive Dunn