On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician, born in Scarborough, Canada
  • Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Koko, sign-language gorilla, born in San Francisco Zoo
  • Steve Rucchin, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Thunder Bay, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • August Derleth, American writer and editor (b. 1909)
  • Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29
  • Joe Cox, South African cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 85
  • Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94