On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1971

Article: Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

Historical Events

  • Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA developing since the split in 1970

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)

Famous Deaths

  • Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), dies of cancer at 77
1971 Highlights

About March 8, 1971

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Pisces