On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday

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, NFL long snapper (Pro Bowl 2007), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (British Open 2002 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles, Presidents Cup x 5), born in Cohuna, Victoria

Famous Deaths

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