On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1971

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

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 winning 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)
1971 Highlights

About January 5, 1971

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn