On This Day

Events in History in September 1971

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

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 11 Egypt adopts its constitution
  • Sep 13 11 guards & 31 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison

Historic Event

Sep 13 Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet premier, buried in Moscow

  • 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 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • 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 Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal launch the [Ulster] Democratic Unionist Party