On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1971

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Deaths

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