On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1971

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

Boxing 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"

  • 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? 50 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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