On This Day

Historical Events in 1971 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 726

  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 11 The Irish Republican Army set off a number of bombs in the centre of Belfast injuring a number of people
  • Jul 12 Juan Corona, indicted for 25 murders

Sports History

Jul 13 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF

Historic Event

Jul 15 US President Richard Nixon announces he will visit the People's Republic of China

Historic Event

Jul 16 Franco appoints prince Juan Carlos as deputy in Spain

  • Jul 16 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) withdraw from Stormont (North Ireland Parliament) after no inquiry is announced into the shooting dead of Seamus Cusack and Desmond Beattie

Sports History

Jul 18 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories

  • Jul 19 Sudan military coup under maj Hashem al-Atta, Numeiry flees
  • Jul 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Jul 21 Sam Giancana returns to the United States after spending seven years of exile in Mexico

  • Jul 22 Sudanese military counter-coup under premier Numeiry
  • Jul 23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • Jul 24 WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon
  • Jul 28 16 time gold glover Brook Robinson commits 3 errors in 6th inning
  • Jul 28 Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"
  • Jul 30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)

Music Single

Jul 30 George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"

  • Jul 30 Japanese Boeing 727 collides with an F-86 fighter killing 162
  • Jul 30 US Apollo 15 (Scott & Irwin) lands on Mare Imbrium on the Moon
  • Jul 31 Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
  • Jul 31 4-time Eredivisie soccer champions Go Ahead from Dutch city of Deventer add 'Eagles' to famous name
  • Jul 31 Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Reversion Law mandates gradual transfer to government ownership of all "unexploited concession areas" by 1974 and "all their residual assets" by 1983
  • Aug 1 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th
  • 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
  • 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

Sports History

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

Music History

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

  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6
  • Sep 1 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein

Sports History

Sep 1 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell

  • Sep 1 The Irish Republican Army set off a series of bombs across Northern Ireland injuring a number of people

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

  • Sep 2 NY's Electric Circus Club goes out of business
  • Sep 2 There are further Irish Republican Army bombs set off across the region, including one in Belfast which wrecked the headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party
  • Sep 3 Manlio Brosio resigns as secretary general of NATO
  • Sep 3 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
  • Sep 3 Watergate team breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's doctor's office
  • Sep 3 A baby girl and an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier are killed in separate shooting incidents in Northern Ireland
  • Sep 4 Alaskan 727 crashes into Chilkoot Mountain, kills 109 (Alaska)
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet

Telethon

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $8,125,387

Meeting of Interest

Sep 6 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Sep 6 William Craig and Ian Paisley speak at a rally in Belfast before a crowd of approximately 20,000 people and call for the establishment of a 'third force' to defend 'Ulster'

  • Sep 8 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 9 1,000 convicts riot & seize Attica, NY prison
  • Sep 9 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)
  • Sep 9 John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires (for the first time), after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings
  • Sep 10 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 "2 by 2" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 343 performances
  • Sep 11 Egypt adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
  • Sep 13 11 guards & 31 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison
  • Sep 13 Frank Robinson hits his 500th HR

Historic Event

Sep 13 Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet premier, buried in Moscow

  • Sep 13 WIIQ TV channel 41 in Demopolis, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 World Hockey Association forms
  • Sep 13 Two North Ireland Loyalists are mortally injured when the bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely in a house in Bann Street, Belfast
  • Sep 14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 14 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 15 1st broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 16 6 Ku Klux Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • Sep 16 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • Sep 18 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum

Historic Event

Sep 18 Momofuku Ando markets the first Cup Noodle, packaging it in a waterproof polystyrene container

  • Sep 19 New York City Marathon: inaugural women's race won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22; 2nd men's race won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 22 OPEC directs members to negotiate price increases to offset the devaluation of the US dollar

Historic Event

Sep 23 Jan Vermeer's painting "The Love Letter" is stolen from The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels by a 21 year old thief

  • Sep 23 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are killed in a premature bomb explosion
  • Sep 24 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
  • Sep 24 Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

Sports History

Sep 26 Jim Palmer is 4th Oriole to win at least 20 games this season

  • Sep 26 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 MP David Bleakley resigns in protest over the introduction of Internment and the lack of any new political initiatives by the Northern Ireland government
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • Sep 28 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty after 15 years refuge in US Embassy in Budapest is allowed to leave the country
  • Sep 28 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
  • Sep 28 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • Sep 29 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Cyclone & tidal wave off Bay of Bengal kills as many as 10,000
  • Sep 29 Orbiting Solar Observatory VII launched
  • Sep 29 Ron Hunt is hit by a pitch for record 50th time in a season
  • Sep 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 30 -11/6] Rome: 3rd bishop synod
  • Sep 30 Last Washington Senator home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit game Yanks trailing 4-2 in 9th with 2 outs, fans rush field
  • Sep 30 Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal launch the [Ulster] Democratic Unionist Party
  • Oct 1 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • Oct 1 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • Oct 2 Homing pigeon averages a record 133kph in an 1100km race in Australia
  • Oct 3 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 3 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson
  • Oct 4 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • Oct 4 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 5 A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 Terence McNally's play "Where has Tommy Flowers gone?" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 7 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland

Film Premiere

Oct 7 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • Oct 8 John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Oct 9 Japanese Emperor Hirohito visits the Netherlands

  • Oct 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 10 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • Oct 10 Fenholt & Webber's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)

Baseball Record

Oct 11 Baltimore 3B Brooks Robinson sets Baseball World Series record; reaches base 5 straight times in Orioles 11-3 win over Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 at Memorial Stadium

  • Oct 11 Frank McGee becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam

Music History

Oct 12 Rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens at Mark Hellinger on Broadway, NYC for 711 performances

  • Oct 13 First ever Baseball World Series night game; Pittsburgh Pirates edge Baltimore Orioles, 4-3 in Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh
  • Oct 13 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting
  • Oct 14 2 killed in Memphis racial disturbances
  • Oct 15 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia
  • Oct 15 World's first arcade video game Computer Space developed by Syzygy first demonstrated at the MOA Show in the US
  • Oct 16 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in San Francisco
  • Oct 17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • Oct 17 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 at Memorial Stadium to claim championship. 4-3; MVP: Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente
  • Oct 17 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 19 Last issue of "Look" magazine is published
  • Oct 19 A group of Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment

Music Premiere

Oct 20 "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" musical by Melvin Van Peebles opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 325 performances

Nobel Prize

Oct 20 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

  • Oct 20 The Nepal stock exchange collapses.

Historic Event

Oct 20 US Senator Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland

  • Oct 21 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances

Nobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 21 William H Rehnquist & Lewis F Powell nominated to US Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan
  • Oct 22 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 23 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins
  • Oct 23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • Oct 23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • Oct 24 Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • Oct 24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • Oct 24 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve a united Ireland
  • Oct 24 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 25 Belgium & People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations
  • Oct 25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast
  • Oct 26 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • Oct 26 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle