August 1971

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The following events occurred in August 1971:

August 1, 1971 (Sunday)

August 2, 1971 (Monday)

August 3, 1971 (Tuesday)

August 4, 1971 (Wednesday)

August 5, 1971 (Thursday)

August 6, 1971 (Friday)

  • A total lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed over Africa and Asia, rising over South America, and setting over Australia.
  • Died: Samuel Frickleton, 80, New Zealand VC recipient

August 7, 1971 (Saturday)

August 8, 1971 (Sunday)

August 9, 1971 (Monday)

  • India signs a 20-year treaty of friendship and cooperation with the Soviet Union.
  • Internment in Northern Ireland: British security forces arrest hundreds of nationalists and detain them without trial in Long Kesh prison; 20 people die in the riots that follow.
  • Born: James Kim (d. 2006), American television personality and technology analyst, in Josephine County, Oregon
  • Died: Otto Wagener, 83, German general and former economic advisor to Adolf Hitler

August 10, 1971 (Tuesday)

August 11, 1971 (Wednesday)

Born Lilah Khalilah (Thompson) Shahid [Ft. Lauderdale, Florida] (Health and Fitness enthusiast)

August 12, 1971 (Thursday)

August 13, 1971 (Friday)

August 14, 1971 (Saturday)

  • British troops are stationed on the Irish border to stop arms smuggling.
  • Bahrain declares independence as the State of Bahrain (Kingdom of Bahrain as of February 2002).

August 15, 1971 (Sunday)

  • The number of British troops in Northern Ireland is raised to 12,500.
  • President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system. He also imposes a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
  • Died: Paul Lukas, 76, Hungarian actor

August 16, 1971 (Monday)

August 17, 1971 (Tuesday)

August 18, 1971 (Wednesday)

  • Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • British troops are engaged in a firefight with the IRA in Derry, Northern Ireland.

August 19, 1971 (Thursday)

August 20, 1971 (Friday)

August 21, 1971 (Saturday)

August 22, 1971 (Sunday)

August 23, 1971 (Monday)

  • Superintendent Gerald Irving Richardson of the UK's Lancashire Constabulary tackles a gang of armed robbers and is shot while attempting to persuade one of them to give up his weapon. Richardson dies later in hospital and is posthumously awarded the George Cross for heroism the following year.
  • Died: "Shamu", about 10 years old, the first orca of that name to perform at SeaWorld San Diego.[6]

August 25, 1971 (Wednesday)

August 26, 1971 (Thursday)

  • A civilian government takes power in Greece.
  • Born: Thalía, Mexican actress and singer, in Mexico City
  • Died: John Leacroft, World War I Fighter Ace, in Bexhill, Sussex, England

August 27, 1971 (Friday)

August 28, 1971 (Saturday)

  • George Hislop organizes Canada's first gay rights demonstration, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
  • Born: Janet Evans, American swimmer, in Fullerton, California; Zhang Haijie, Singaporean journalist and TV presenter, in Xi'an, China
  • Died: Dezső Szentgyörgyi, 56, Hungarian fighter ace of World War II (air crash)

August 29, 1971 (Sunday)

  • Hassan al-Amri, in his fifth term as Prime Minister of the Yemen Arab Republic, shoots dead a photographer during an altercation. He is subsequently removed from office.
  • Died: Leonard John Brass, 71, Australian-American botanist and explorer

August 30, 1971 (Monday)

August 31, 1971 (Tuesday)

  • Australian long-distance runner Adrienne Beames becomes the first woman to break the three-hour barrier in the marathon, finishing in 2:46:30 at Werribee.[7]

References

  1. ^ The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with George Harrison and Friends DVD, Apple Corps, 2005 (directed by Claire Ferguson; produced by Olivia Harrison, Jonathan Clyde & Jo Human).
  2. ^ Pritchard, Anthony (1972). The Motor Racing Year No3. ISBN 0393085023. 
  3. ^ The Pacific Islands Forum (Former South Pacific Forum)- Pacific Regional Order, pp 58-80, by Dave Peebles- Retrieved 2017-01-08
  4. ^ Kernfield, Barry Dean. New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Grove's Dictionaries. p. 544. 
  5. ^ "Tortorici, Frank, "King Curtis", VH1". Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Shamu dies of infection". Eugene Register-Guard. August 31, 1971. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Women's World Record Times – 1971 to 1977". Marathonguide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
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