August 1, 1971 in Sport

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

  • Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

Birthdays in Sport

  • Fred Lester, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Miami, Florida
  • Julia Chilicki, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Somers, Connecticut
  • Lisa Flood, Canadian 100m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Shae Sloan, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Huntsville, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911-12), dies of mental illness at 79