On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1971

Historical Events

  • "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed

Famous Birthdays

  • Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), dies at 78
  • Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
1971 Highlights

About May 15, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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