February 1971 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

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 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 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

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 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 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

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

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

  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • Feb 8 Maura Healey, American politician (1st woman governor of Massachusetts 2023-), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Feb 19 Jeff Kinney, American author (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), born in Fort Washington, Maryland
  • Feb 20 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • Feb 20 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • Feb 27 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist, born in Purley, London
  • Feb 28 Tristan Louis, American writer

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria

James Cash PenneyJames Cash Penney (1875-1971)

Feb 12 American department store founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

  • Feb 21 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86