What Happened on October 31, 1971

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Revival of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 65 performances

  • The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Tom Smith, Scottish rugby union loosehead prop (61 Tests, 6 British & Irish Lions; Glasgow Warriors, Caledonia Reds, Northampton Saints RUFC), born in London, England (d. 2022)
Born in 1971

Famous Deaths

  • Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert (Deuteronomium), dies at 70

About October 31, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
  • UK #1 Song: Reason To Believe/Maggie May - Rod Stewart