On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1971

Historical Events

  • During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • Neil Mavers, British drummer (The La's, 1989–92, 1994–95), born in Liverpool, England
  • Wendy Benson, American actress (Meredith-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
1971 Highlights

About July 8, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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