On This Day

What Happened on September 23, 1971

Historical Events

  • 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are killed in a premature bomb explosion

Historic Event

Jan Vermeer's painting "The Love Letter" is stolen from The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels by a 21 year old thief

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sean Spicer, American political strategist, White House Press Secretary (2017), born in Barrington, Rhode Island

Famous Deaths

  • Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, dies at 83
1971 Highlights

About September 23, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 4 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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