On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1971

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Single

John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Monty Williams, American basketball head coach and executive (Phoenix Suns 2019; New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans 2010-15) and NBA forward/guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Val St. Germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer, dies at 79
1971 Highlights

About October 8, 1971

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra