On This Day

Historical Events in August 1971

  • Aug 1 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th

Music Concert

Aug 1 George Harrison's benefit concerts for Bangladesh (2 shows) take place at Madison Square Garden, NYC; performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell

Sports History

Aug 1 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

Music History

Aug 3 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

  • Aug 4 US launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft
  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 7 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
  • Aug 7 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • Aug 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 8 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast

Hall of Fame

Aug 9 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

  • Aug 9 Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research

Baseball Record

Aug 10 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 HRs, & adds his 501st

  • Aug 10 During the internment round-up operation in west Belfast, the Parachute Regiment kill 11 unarmed civilians in what became known as the Ballymurphy massacre
  • Aug 11 Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
  • Aug 11 Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
  • Aug 11 4 people are shot dead in separate incidents in Belfast; three of them by the British Army, as violence continues following the introduction of Internment and Operation Demetrius

Historic Event

Aug 12 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan

Music Single

Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release single "Back Seat of My Car"

  • Aug 14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • Aug 14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 14 Cards Bob Gibson, 35, no-hits Pirates, 11-0
  • Aug 14 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins

Historic Event

Aug 15 US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

  • Aug 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • Aug 16 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)

Historic Event

Aug 18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government

  • Aug 20 FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr
  • Aug 22 Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, pres Torres driven out

Historic Event

Aug 22 J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the "Camden 28".

  • Aug 22 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 24 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
  • Aug 25 Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 26 Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • Aug 26 NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for New Jersey in 1975
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

Contract of Interest

Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

  • Aug 28 The US dollar is allowed to float against the Japanese yen for the first time.
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Aug 31 An inquiry into allegations of brutality by the security forces against those interned without trial in Northern Ireland is announced

Music History

Aug 31 Beatle John Lennon leaves England for the final time, moving to New York City