What Happened in October 1971

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • Oct 1 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • Oct 2 Homing pigeon averages a record 133kph in an 1100km race in Australia

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Oct 3 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Oct 3 22nd Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 29 points
  • Oct 4 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • Oct 4 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 5 A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment
  • Oct 5 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 T McNally's "Where has Tommy Flowers gone?" premieres in NYC

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 7 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 7 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

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Oct 8 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Oct 9 Japanese emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
  • Oct 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 10 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • Oct 10 Fenholt & Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Rain washes out Game 2, 1st World Series postponement since 1962
  • Oct 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • Oct 11 Brooks Robinson ties Series record, reaches base 5 straight times
  • Oct 11 Frank McGee becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam
  • Oct 12 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 711 performances
  • Oct 13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • Oct 13 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting
  • Oct 14 2 killed in Memphis racial disturbances

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Oct 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on "Dick Cavett Show"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 15 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia
  • Oct 16 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in SF
  • Oct 17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • Oct 17 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • Oct 17 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 19 Last issue of "Look" magazine is published
  • Oct 19 A group of Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment
  • Oct 20 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore for 325 per

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Oct 20 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Oct 20 The Nepal stock exchange collapses.
  • Oct 20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
  • Oct 21 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances

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Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 21 William H Rehnquist & Lewis F Powell nominated to US Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan
  • Oct 22 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 23 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins
  • Oct 23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • Oct 23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • Oct 24 Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • Oct 24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • Oct 24 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, then (SF), address a SF Ard Fheis in Dublin, claiming that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as first step in achieving a united Ireland
  • Oct 24 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 25 Belgium & People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations
  • Oct 25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast
  • Oct 26 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • Oct 26 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle
  • Oct 27 Republic of Congo-Kinshasa becomes Republic of Zaire
  • Oct 27 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
  • Oct 28 Great Britain becomes 6th nation to have a satellite (Prospero) in orbit
  • Oct 28 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in NYC
  • Oct 31 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Oct 31 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 123

  • Oct 1 Amp Lee, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 1 Melinda Gainsford, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics-92, 96)
  • Oct 1 Song Il Gook, Korean actor
  • Oct 1 Gigi Lai, Hong Kong actress
  • Oct 2 Jair Lynch, gymnast (Olympics-silver-96), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Oct 2 Steve McLaughlin, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 2 Tiffany [Renee Darwich], rocker (I Think We're Alone Now), born in Norwalk, California
  • Oct 2 James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot)
  • Oct 3 Reggie Givens, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 3 Wil Cordero, baseball player
  • Oct 3 Kevin Richardson, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Oct 4 Corey Sawyer, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Oct 4 Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • Oct 5 Chad Lewis, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 5 Chris Whitney, NBA guard (Wash Wizards)
  • Oct 5 Coni Lyn Hull, Jackson Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1996)
  • Oct 5 Dan Plante, Hayward, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • Oct 5 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine former footballer
  • Oct 6 Chris Hudson, NFL strong safety (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 6 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • Oct 6 Lola Dueñas, Spanish actress
  • Oct 6 Alan Stubbs, English footballer and manager (Rotherham United), born in Kirkby, England
  • Oct 7 Dexter Dawson, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Oct 7 Johnnie Morton, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 7 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 7 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician
  • Oct 8 Jim Hanna, WLAF defensive tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 8 Monty Williams, NBA forward/guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Oct 8 Nate Miller, NFL/WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 8 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 8 Val St germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Oct 9 Pete Mitchell, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 9 Simon Atlee, British photographer (d. 2004)
  • Oct 10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 10 Claus Dalpiaz, hockey goaltender (Team Austria 1998)
  • Oct 10 Corey Louchiey, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Oct 10 Ian Bennett, English footballer
  • Oct 10 Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist
  • Oct 11 Chann McRae, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 11 Natalie Jay, Hendon England, actress (Baywatch)
  • Oct 11 Petra Haden, American musician (The Rentals)
  • Oct 12 Bronzel Miller, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 12 Pavol Rybar, hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Oct 12 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer
  • Oct 12 Tony Fiore, American baseball player
  • Oct 13 Hitesh Modi, cricketer (Kenyan left-handed batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Oct 13 Irv Smith, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 13 Jay Williams, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 13 Sean O'Donnell, NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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Oct 13 Sacha Baron Cohen, comedian and actor (Ali G, Borat), born in London, England

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Oct 13 Billy Bush, American TV host
  • Oct 14 Derrick Rodgers, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 14 Frank Wycheck, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 14 Jorge Costa, Portuguese footballer
  • Oct 15 Angelia Savage, Miss USA-Florida (1997, top 6)
  • Oct 15 Bernardo Harris, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 15 Roland McGhee, long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Oct 15 Andy Cole, British footballer
  • Oct 16 David Johnson, cricketer (Karnataka fast bowler, India 1996-)
  • Oct 16 Greg Jeffries, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 16 Kathryn J Taylor, Miss USA-Kansas (1997)
  • Oct 16 Simon Shanks, NFL inside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Oct 16 Toni Foster, WNBA forward/center (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Oct 16 Chad Gray, American singer
  • Oct 17 Byron Chamberlain, NFL/WLAF tight end Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 17 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 17 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 17 Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer ('N Sync)
  • Oct 18 Bob Whitfield, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 18 Emmett Waldron, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Oct 18 Tammy Harris, Williamstown NY, Miss America-New York State (1997)
  • Oct 20 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 20 Eddie Jones, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers)
  • Oct 20 Kimberly Po, tennis star (1991 Futures-Evansville IN), born in Los Angeles, California

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Oct 20 Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice), born in Long Beach, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
  • Oct 21 Astrella Leitch, Celeste rocker, Donovan's daughter
  • Oct 21 Damien Martyn, cricketer (WA & Australian middle-order batsman)
  • Oct 21 Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick & Bianca Jagger, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 21 Rebecca Lynn Gray, Miss America-Indiana (1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 21 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Oct 21 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 21 Nick Oliveri, American musician
  • Oct 21 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 22 Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)
  • Oct 22 Anthony "Pig" Miller, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Oct 22 Mitchel van der Gaag, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Motherwell)
  • Oct 22 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 24 Aaron Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Oct 24 Mike Verstegen, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 24 Dervla Kirwan, Irish actress
  • Oct 25 Jeffrey Prommayon, soccer player (PSV)
  • Oct 25 Laura Chapot, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 25 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores)
  • Oct 25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • Oct 25 Stephanie Martin-Cobb, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 25 Simon Charlton, English footballer
  • Oct 25 Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Oct 26 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 26 Ronnie Irani, cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Television producer Lorne Michaels (26) weds comedy writer Rosie Shuster (21)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Oct 27 Steve Garvey weds Cynthia Truhan

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 3 Sean O Riada, composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 4 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Christopher Dark, actor (Man Behind the Badge), dies at 51
  • Oct 8 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), dies at 85
  • Oct 11 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • Oct 12 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • Oct 12 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrial, dies at 89
  • Oct 19 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • Oct 21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Raymond Hatton, American actor (Girls in Prison, Lady Killer), dies of heart attack at 84
  • Oct 24 Carl Ruggles, US composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Oct 24 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • Oct 25 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo, Little Rascal), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), dies at 71
  • Oct 28 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • Oct 30 Osvald Chlubna, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70