On This Day

What Happened on October 24, 1971

Historical Events

  • A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • 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
  • Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dervla Kirwan, Irish TV and stage actress, born in Churchtown, Dublin
  • Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
1971 Highlights

About October 24, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 2 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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