On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1971

Historical Events

  • Britain and Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • Debt raised to build San Franisco's Golden Gate Bridge paid off
  • North Carolina becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, ratifying 26th amendment
  • State of Washington becomes 1st state to ban sex discrimination
  • Twenty-sixth Amendment, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18, is ratified and becomes part of the United States Constitution

Famous Birthdays

Missy Elliott

(Melissa) "Missy" Elliott, American rapper ("Work It"; "Lose Control"), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Bobby Hamilton, American football defensive end, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • Julianne Nicholson, American actress (Megan Wheeler-Law & Order: Criminal Intent), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Melissa Peterman [Melissa Margaret], American actress (Reba, Fargo), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Steven W. Bailey, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in San Diego, California

Famous Deaths

  • Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), dies of a heart attack at 69
1971 Highlights

About July 1, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 4 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Dominion Day (Canada)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Cancer