Historical Events in 1971

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  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • Jan 2 Spectator crush at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland as Rangers supporters leave the ground with home team 0-1 behind to Old Firm rivals Celtic; 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries; Rangers score late for 1-1
  • Jan 3 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

AFC Championship

Jan 3 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

  • Jan 3 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10
  • Jan 4 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • Jan 4 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • Jan 4 Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • Jan 5 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG

Sports History

Jan 5 Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak
  • Jan 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music Concert

Jan 6 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

  • Jan 7 -40°F (-40°C) in Hawley Lake, Arizona (state record)
  • Jan 8 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, California
  • Jan 8 Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • Jan 9 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 19 performances
  • Jan 10 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • Jan 10 Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • Jan 11 Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 12 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 12 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

  • Jan 12 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies

Historic Event

Jan 12 US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

  • Jan 13 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances

Sports History

Jan 13 In a high profile NHL trade, the Montreal Canadiens obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond

  • Jan 14 Cricketer John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

Music Single

Jan 15 George Harrison releases 1st solo single "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK; tops the charts in 15 countries, and becomes subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit

World Record

Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)

  • Jan 17 At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

Pro Wrestling

Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champ

Meeting of Interest

Jan 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling

  • Jan 19 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association

Music History

Jan 19 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Music Single

Jan 20 Tamla Records releases Marvin Gaye's single "What's Going On" about police brutality, from the album of the same name

  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV

Music Recording

Jan 22 John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band record "Power to the People" at his Ascot Sound home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England

  • Jan 23 -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • Jan 23 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • Jan 23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 24 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state

Coup d'état

Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Historic Event

Jan 25 Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • Jan 27 Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • Jan 27 The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from Stanford University first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game winning streak
  • Jan 31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda
  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • Feb 3 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 3 NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust while his fellow officers stood outside and failed to call for assistance
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 4 British automobile and aerospace company Rolls Royce Ltd enters voluntary liquidation
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 The NASDAQ stock exchange, the second-largest in the world - behind the New York Stock Exchange - is founded in New York City

Golden Globes

Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: "Love Story", George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

Historic Expedition

Feb 5 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs

  • Feb 6 American astronaut Alan Shepard is 1st to hit a golf ball on the moon [1]
  • Feb 6 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 7 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 8 Operation Lam Son 719 begins, a limited South Vietnamese incursion into Laos
  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 9 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Elektra Records releases eponymous debut album of American singer-songwriter Carly Simon; garners two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage

Hall of Fame

Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st Negro League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Album Release

Feb 10 "Tapestry", second album by Carole King, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1972)

  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC

Music Concert

Feb 10 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa

  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

Sports History

Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Daytona 500

Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title

  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Historic Event

Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House

  • Feb 14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

Television Debut

Feb 19 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

Music Single

Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases single "Another Day" in UK

Album Release

Feb 19 Progressive rock band Yes release their break-through third studio album "The Yes Album"

  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

Sports History

Feb 20 "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings' win over Buffalo in Detroit; Howe's 1,670th game

Sports History

Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi & Louisiana killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game winning streak
  • Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
  • Feb 23 US army officer William Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina during his trial for the My Lai Massacre
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" moves to Belasco Theater in NYC; runs for 1,316 performances

  • Feb 25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • Feb 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day

  • Feb 26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Feb 27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati
  • Feb 28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguishers that were used to put out the fire)

PGA Championship

Feb 28 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Historic Event

Mar 3 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

  • Mar 4 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

Sports History

Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar versus West Indies at Port-of-Spain; 125 Tests, 10,122 runs @ 51.12; 34 Test centuries

  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
  • Mar 8 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA developing since the split in 1970

Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

Mar 8 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"

  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 9 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • Mar 10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18

Music History

Mar 11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to re-orient himself emotionally and creatively, and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami, Florida. He never returns to the US.

Election of Interest

Mar 12 Hafez al-Assad consolidates power in Syria by installing himself as President

  • Mar 12 The Allman Brothers Band record their live album "Live at Fillmore East" on this date and the following day
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51
  • Mar 13 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 10th Australian singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong 2-6, 7-6, 7-5

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Mar 14 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American defending champion Arthur Ashe 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; first man to win an Open era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set

  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos

Music History

Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Carpenters win
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Meeting of Interest

Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to discuss the security situation in Northern Ireland

  • Mar 17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • Mar 18 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-80 in 2nd half enroute to a 147-127 victory
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • Mar 21 Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar scores first of his 34 Test Cricket centuries; 116 in drawn 3rd Test at Georgetown, Guyana
  • Mar 21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 24 Serge Gainsbourg releases his concept album "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Historic Event

Mar 25 James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland

Music History

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26 "Cannon" starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons

Historic Event

Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan

  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova, 68-62; UCLA's 5th consecutive title; Villanova later disqualified, ineligible player Howard Porter
  • Mar 27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • Mar 27 Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris