January 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 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
  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • Jan 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate
  • 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 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 Congressional Black Caucus organizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • Jan 12 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • Jan 14 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
  • 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 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 20 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)
  • 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 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson
  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state

BattleCoup d'état

Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • 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 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist, sculptor
  • Jan 7 Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • Jan 8 Jason Giambi, infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 9 Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
  • Jan 9 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author
  • Jan 9 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director
  • Jan 14 Lasse Kjus, Norwegian skier
  • Jan 18 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian broadcast journalist
  • Jan 18 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Divorces in History

  • Jan 11 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)