On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1971

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 (San Francisco, California)
  • Steve Rucchin, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Thunder Bay, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool")) dies of leukemia at 29
  • Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), dies at 85
  • Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
1971 Highlights

About July 4, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 4 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (United States)

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