What Happened on May 1, 1971

Historical Events

  • 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"

Famous Birthdays

  • Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
  • Ethan Albright, American NFL long-snapper (Pro Bowl 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (British Open 2002 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles, Presidents Cup x 5; 11-under-59 Greenbrier Classic 2010), born in Cohuna, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
1971 Highlights

About May 1, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 5 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Labour Day (India)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
  • UK #1 Song: Double Barrel - Dave & Ansil Collins