On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Music release#1 in the Charts

"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich

Famous Birthdays

  • Corey Holliday, American football wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer, born in Kilkis, Greece
  • Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Patrick Kielty, Northern Irish comedian, born in Dundrum, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, dies at 79