On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Oct 3 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson
  • 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 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Japanese Emperor Hirohito visits the Netherlands

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito

  • 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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 San Francisco
  • Oct 17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve 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

  • Oct 1 Song Il Gook, Korean actor
  • Oct 1 Gigi Lai, Hong Kong actress and bussiness woman, born in Hong Kong
  • 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 Wil Cordero, Puerto Rican baseball utility (MLB All Star, Silver Slugger Award 1994; Montréal Expos), born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 3 Kevin Richardson, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Oct 4 Friderika Bayer, Hungarian singer
  • Oct 5 Chad Lewis, American football tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Oct 5 Chris Whitney, American basketball guard (Wash Wizards), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • Oct 5 Dan Plante, American ice hockey player (NY Islanders), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 5 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 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 Johnnie Morton, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Inglewood, California
  • Oct 7 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 7 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 8 Monty Williams, American NBA forward and guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Oct 8 Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Oct 8 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 8 Val St. Germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 9 Pete Mitchell, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Oct 9 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer (d. 2004)
  • Oct 10 Corey Louchiey, American NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Oct 10 Ian Bennett, English football goalkeeper (Birmingham City), born in Worksop, England
  • Oct 10 Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist, born in Moscow
  • Oct 11 Chann McRae, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 11 Natalie Jay, English actress (Baywatch), born in Hendon, London
  • Oct 11 Petra Haden, American musician (The Rentals), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 12 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Federal Way, Washington (d. 2013)
  • Oct 12 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)
  • Oct 12 Tony Fiore, American baseball player, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Irv Smith, American NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Jay Williams, American defensive end (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D. C.
  • Oct 13 Sean O'Donnell, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Person of interestSacha Baron Cohen

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

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Oct 13 Billy Bush, American radio and TV host, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 14 Derrick Rodgers, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 14 Frank Wycheck, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 14 Jorge Costa, Portuguese soccer defender and manager (50 caps; FC Porto), born in Porto, Portugal
  • Oct 15 Bernardo Harris, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Oct 15 Roland McGhee, American long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Oct 15 Andy Cole, British footballer (Manchester United), born in Nottingham, England
  • Oct 16 David Johnson, cricketer (Karnataka fast bowler, India 1996-)
  • Oct 16 Greg Jeffries, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 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, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 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), born in Carson, California
  • 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

Person of interestSnoop Dogg

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

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
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 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 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 24 Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Oct 24 Dervla Kirwan, Irish TV and stage actress, born in Churchtown, Dublin
  • Oct 25 Pedro Martínez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 25 Geoffrey Prommayon, Thai-American soccer player (PSV), born in Udon Thani, Thailand
  • Oct 25 Laura Chapot, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 25 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • Oct 25 Simon Charlton, English footballer (Southampton), born in Huddersfield, England
  • Oct 25 Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress (A Chinese Odyssey), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 26 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 26 Ronnie Irani, English cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996), born in Leigh, Lancashire, England
  • Oct 26 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Oct 27 Liz Pagano, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 27 Mike Ricci, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 27 Zaddick X Longenbach, Greenwalds Pa, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 27 Theodoros Zagorakis, Greek footballer, born in Lydía, Kavala, Greece
  • Oct 27 Jade Arcade, American comics artist and writer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oct 27 Jorge Soto, Peruvian soccer midfielder (101 caps; Sporting Cristal), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 28 John Coker, NBA center (Phoenix Suns)
  • Oct 28 Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Greg Blewett, cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • Oct 29 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)

Person of interestWinona Ryder

Oct 29 Winona Ryder, American actress (Heathers, Edward Scissorhand), born in Winona, Minnesota

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
Winona Ryder
  • Oct 29 Daniel J. Bernstein, American professor
  • Oct 29 Ma Huateng [Pony Ma], Chinese entrepreneur (Tencent), born in Chaoyang District, Shantou
  • Oct 30 Edward "Ted" Murphy, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 30 Henry Ford, NFL defensive end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 31 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Oct 31 Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60
  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 3 Seán Ó Riada, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 4 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), dies of a heart attack 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, US Marine Corps lieutenant general and the most decorated Marine in history, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Dean Acheson, American statesman and U.S. Secretary of State (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 14 Norman Steenrod, American mathematician (algebraic topology), dies at 61
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, dies at 89
  • Oct 19 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • Oct 21 Raymond Hatton, American actor (Girls in Prison, Lady Killer), dies of heart attack at 84
  • Oct 24 Carl Ruggles, American 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