What Happened on January 5, 1971

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jason Bates, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)