On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1971

Historical Events

  • WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Sarah O'Hare, model (Cosmopolitan-Jan 1994)
  • Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)

Famous Deaths

  • Bert Ironmonger, Australian cricket spin bowler (14 Tests; 74 wickets @ 17.97; Queensland, Victoria), dies at 89
  • Massimo Campigli, Italian painter and illustrator, dies at 75
1971 Highlights

About May 31, 1971

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 6 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Memorial Day (United States), Spring Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

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