On This Day

Historical Events in February 1971

  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair

Historic Event

Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda

  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 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 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • 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 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 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 4 The NASDAQ stock exchange, the second-largest in the world - behind the New York Stock Exchange - is founded in New York City
  • 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

Golden Globes

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

  • Feb 6 American astronaut Alan Shepard is 1st to hit a golf ball on the moon [1]
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • 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 7 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 8 Operation Lam Son 719 begins, a limited South Vietnamese incursion into Laos
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $┬ŻB damage

Hall of Fame

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

  • 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 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

Album Release

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

  • 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

  • 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

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 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

Music Single

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

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

Television Debut

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

Album Release

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

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

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

  • 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

Music History

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 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC

Meeting of Interest

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

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 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting

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 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)