July 1971

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The following events occurred in July 1971:

July 1, 1971 (Thursday)

July 2, 1971 (Friday)

  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is formed at Holyrood, Edinburgh, by the amalgamation of the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) and The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons).
  • Born: Evelyn Lau, Canadian poet and novelist, in Vancouver, British Columbia

July 3, 1971 (Saturday)

July 4, 1971 (Sunday)

Born: Dr. Kovács István, Veterinary from Hungary

July 5, 1971 (Monday)

July 6, 1971 (Tuesday)

July 7, 1971 (Wednesday)

July 8, 1971 (Thursday)

  • The United Kingdom increases the number of troops in Northern Ireland to 11,000.
  • Died: Charlie Shavers, 50, American jazz trumpeter (throat cancer). Shavers, hearing of the death of Louis Armstrong two days earlier, requested that his own trumpet mouthpiece be buried in Armstrong's coffin.

July 9, 1971 (Friday)

July 10, 1971 (Saturday)

  • Beginning of a coup attempt in Morocco: During the 42nd birthday party of King Hassan II, 1,400 cadets take over the king's palace for 3 hours and kill 28 people; 158 rebels die when the king's troops storm the palace. Ten high-ranking officers are later executed for involvement.

July 11, 1971 (Sunday)

July 12, 1971 (Monday)

  • The Australian Aboriginal flag is flown for the first time, on National Aborigines' Day in Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia.[5]
  • The Troubles: A British soldier is shot dead by an IRA sniper at a British Observation post on Northumberland Street, Belfast. The IRA claim his death is in retaliation for the killings of two civilians in Derry by the British Army the previous week.[6]
  • Dutch football star Johann Cruyff signs a seven-year contract with Ajax of Amsterdam.
  • Irakli Abashidze becomes Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Georgian SSR.
  • Born: Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater, in Hayward, California
  • Died: Kiyoshi Yamashita, 49, Japanese artist (cerebral hemorrhage)

July 13, 1971 (Tuesday)

July 14, 1971 (Wednesday)

  • Libya severs its diplomatic ties with Morocco following its alleged involvement in the failed coup of July 10.
  • A British soldier is shot and killed in an IRA ambush on a mobile patrol in the Andersonstown area of Belfast. Three IRA gunmen using automatic weapons fire at least 35 shots at the patrol.[7]

July 15, 1971 (Thursday)

July 16, 1971 (Friday)

July 17, 1971 (Saturday)

July 18, 1971 (Sunday)

July 19, 1971 (Monday)

July 20, 1971 (Tuesday)

July 21, 1971 (Wednesday)

  • George Klippert, the last person in Canada to be arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned for homosexuality before its legalization in 1969, is released from prison.
  • Born: Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian, writer, and television personality, in Lisbon

July 22, 1971 (Thursday)

  • In Sudan, troops supporting Gaafar Nimeiri defeat those of Major Hashem al-Atta. Al-Atta and three of his officers are executed.

July 23, 1971 (Friday)

July 24, 1971 (Saturday)

  • The Spa 24 Hours is won by Dieter Glemser and Alex Soler-Roig in a Ford Capri RS. Belgian driver Raymond Mathay is killed in the race.
  • Died: Lou Fine, 56, American comic book artist, having suffered a heart attack at the entrance to his studio

July 25, 1971 (Sunday)

July 26, 1971 (Monday)

  • Apollo 15 (carrying astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin) is launched, with the intention of landing on the surface of the moon.
  • Died: Diane Arbus, 48, American photographer (committed suicide by ingesting barbiturates and slashing her wrists with a razor)

July 27, 1971 (Tuesday)

July 28, 1971 (Wednesday)

  • A Gillette Cup semi-final between Lancashire and Gloucestershire becomes one of the most famous matches in English cricket after David Hughes scores 24 off one over to win the match for Lancashire just before 9pm.[8]
  • Died: Abdel Khaliq Mahjub, 43, Sudanese communist leader, executed by hanging as a result of the attempted coup d'état of July 19.

July 29, 1971 (Thursday)

July 30, 1971 (Friday)

July 31, 1971 (Saturday)


  1. ^ Ronay, Alain (2002) "Jim and I - Friends Until Death". Originally published in KING. Retrieved 25 December 2007
  2. ^ Tismăneanu, Vladimir, Stalinism pentru eternitate, Polirom, Iaşi, 2005 ISBN 973-681-899-3 (translation of Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003, ISBN 0-520-23747-1).
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (March 2007). "TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. E7SO Revision 4" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  4. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (March 2007). "TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. E11EU Revision 4". Retrieved 2008-12-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ Yorta Yorta Community Calendar
  6. ^ McKittrick, David; Seamus Kelters; Brian Feeney; Chris Thornton (2000). Lost Lives. Mainstream Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 1-84018-227-X. , p.77
  7. ^ McKittrick, David; Seamus Kelters; Brian Feeney; Chris Thornton (2000). Lost Lives. Mainstream Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 1-84018-227-X. , pp.77 - 78
  8. ^ Cricinfo England
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