On This Day

What Happened on September 16, 1971

Historical Events

  • 6 Ku Klux Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

West German chancellor Willy Brandt meets with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestAmy Poehler

Amy Poehler, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), born in Newton, Massachusetts

Actress and Comedian Amy Poehler
Actress and Comedian
Amy Poehler
  • Charlie Fields, American actor (Shannon), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Derrell Mitchell, American NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts), born in Miami, Florida
  • Shawntel Smith, American beauty pageant (Miss America (1996)), born in Muldrow, Oklahoma

Famous Deaths

  • Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, dies at 77
1971 Highlights

About September 16, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 2 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo