On This Day

What Happened on October 3, 1971

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Richardson, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys - "Quit Playing Games With My Heart"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Wil Cordero, Puerto Rican baseball utility (MLB All Star, Silver Slugger Award 1994; Montréal Expos), born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths

  • Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Seán Ó Riada, Irish composer, dies at 40
1971 Highlights

About October 3, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra