January 1 - British divorce Reform Act comes into force.
January 2 - 66 die in stairway crush at Rangers v Celtic football match, Glasgow, Scotland.
January 2 - A ban on television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States.
January 3 - BBC Open University commences.
January 7 - Howard Hughes breaks his silence to announce that his supposed biography is
January 15 - Aswan Dam officially opened.
January 19 - No, No Nanette premieres (46th Street Theatre, New York City).
January 25 - Charles Manson and three female "family members" are found guilty and
sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.
January 25 - Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda's president.
January 25 - Himachal Pradesh becomes the 18th Indian state.
January 31 - Apollo program: Astronauts aboard Apollo 14 lift off for a mission to the moon.
February 2 - In Uganda after a coup, Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader.
February 4 - In Britain, Rolls Royce goes bankrupt - state takes over.
February 5 - Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.
February 7 - Tuscany, Italy, wrecked in an earthquake.
February 7 - Men of Switzerland vote for giving voting rights to women in state elections -
but not in all canton-specific ones.
February 8 - A new stock-market index called the Nasdaq debuts.
February 9 - The 6.4 on the Richter Scale Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley
area of California.
February 9 - Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to become voted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame.
February 9 - Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
February 11 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
February 13 - Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South
Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
February 15 - "Decimalization Day" - United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal
currency. See also decimalization.
March 1 - Bomb explodes in men's room in the White House - Weather Underground
March 1 - Pakistani President Yahya Khan indefinitely postponed the pending national
assembly session, precipitating massive civil disobedience in East Pakistan.
March 1 - Canadian John Robarts ends his term of office as 17th premier of Ontario.
March 10 - Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers voting age to 18.
March 12 - Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
March 18 - A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Lake Yanahuani killing 200.
March 25 - The Pakistani miltary moves to crush dissent in East Pakistan.
March 26 - East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan and the establishment
March 29 - William Calley is found guilty of 22 murders in My Lai massacre and
sentenced to life in prison. He is later pardoned.
March 29 - A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles
Manson and three female followers.
April 5 - Mount Etna erupts.
April 9 - Charles Manson is sentenced to death but the sentence is commuted to life imprisonment.
April 17 - Libya, Syria and Egypt sign an agreement to form a confederation.
April 19 - Soviet Union launches Saljut I.
April 19 - Followers of Charles Manson, the Manson Family, are sentenced to gas chamber.
April 20 - Supreme Court of the United States rules unanimously that busing of students
may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
April 24 - 500.000 demonstrate against Vietnam War in Washington DC.
April 29 - The third anniversary of the Broadway musical Hair was celebrated with a
concert at a Central Park bandshell.
May 3 - Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C.;
police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
May 3 - All Things Considered, National Public Radio's flagship news program,
broadcasts for the first time.
May 19 - Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
May 30 - Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched toward Mars.
May 31 The birth of a new country, Bangladesh. It is out of territory formerly
part of Pakistan.
June - The Pentagon Papers are published.
June 1 - Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, claiming to represent the majority
of U.S. veterans who served in southeast Asia, speak against war protests.
June 6 - Soyuz program: Soyuz 11 launches.
June 13 - Vietnam War: The New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers.
June 14 - Norway begins oil production in North Sea.
June 17 - Representatives of Japan and the United States sign the Okinawa Reversion
Agreement, setting out a plan where the U.S. would return control of Okinawa.
June 28 - Black assassin shoots Joe Colombo to the head in a middle of a
Italian-American rally. Colombo goes into coma.
June 30 - The crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply leaks
out through a faulty valve.
July 5 - Right to vote: The voting age in the United States is reduced to 18 from
21 (provision of the 26th Amendment formally certified by President Richard
Nixon on this day).
July 9 - Britain sends 500 more soldiers to Northern Ireland.
July 16 - Franco makes Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
July 16 - The four billionth baby was born.
July 26 - Apollo program: Launch of Apollo 15. On July 31 the Apollo 15 astronauts
become the first to ride in a lunar rover a day after landing on the surface.
August 9 - India signs a twenty year treaty of friendship and cooperation with
the Soviet Union.
August 9 - British security forces in Northern Ireland detain hundreds of guerilla
suspects and put them into Long Kesh - the beginning of an internment without
trial policy. 20 die in riots that follow.
August 14 - Emirate of Bahrain declares independence.
August 15 - President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no
longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods
August 18 - Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their
troops from Vietnam.
August 26 - Civilian government in Greece.
August 30 - The Alberta Progressive Conservatives under Peter Lougheed defeat the
Social Credit government under Harry E. Strom in a general election, ending 36
years of uninterrupted power for Social Credit in Alberta.
September 3 - Qatar regains independence from the United Kingdom.
September 4 - A Boeing 727 carrying Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes into the
side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska killing all 111 people on board.
September 8 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
is inaugurated with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
September 9 - September 13 - Attica Prison riots - 43 dead, 10 of them hostages.
September 24 - Britain expels 90 KGB and GRU officials and 15 are not allowed to return.
September 27 - October 11 - Emperor Hirohito travels abroad.
September 28 - Cardinal Mindszenty, who has resided in US embassy in Budapest
from 1956 is allowed to move out of Hungary.
September 29 - Cyclone and tsunami in the Bay of Bengal in Orissa state in India kills 10.000.
October 1 - Walt Disney World opens.
October 25 - The United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of
China and expels the Republic of China (on Taiwan).
October 27 - Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
October 28 - British House of Commons votes in favour of joining the EEC by 356-244.
October 29 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - The total number of American troops still
in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest level since January 1966).
October 30 - Rev. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party founded in Northern Ireland.
November 3 - The UNIX Programmer's Manual is published.
November 6 - US nuclear bomb test in Aleuts.
November 10 - In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack the city Phnom Penh and its
airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine airplanes.
November 12 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - US President Richard M. Nixon
sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American
troops from Vietnam.
November 13 - Mariner program: Mariner 9 enters Mars orbit.
November 15 - Intel releases world's first microprocessor, the 4004.
November 23 - The People's Republic of China is given the Republic of China's
seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
November 24 - During a severe thunderstorm over Washington, a man calling himself
D.B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked with
US$200,000 in ransom money (he was never heard from again).
December 1 - Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian
government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray,
10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.
December 2 - Six Sheikdoms in Persian Gulf founds United Arab Emirates.
December 3 - The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins as Pakistan attacks eight India
aribases. The next day India launches a massive invasion of East Pakistan.
December 16 - Victory Day of Bangladesh: marks surrender of occupying Pakistan
army after nine months of war.
December 18 - US dollar devalued for the second time in US history.
December 18 - World's largest hydroelectric plant in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, begins operations.
December 29 - The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.
Don't Make A Wave Committee changes its name to Greenpeace.Unknown dates
Ray Tomlinson sends the first e-mail.
Libertarian party established in USA.
First Concorde test flights.
Free City of Christiania is founded.
Intelsat IV.Year in topic
1971 in film
A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick.
Fiddler on the Roof.
Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood.
The French Connection.
1971 in music
John Lennon recorded Imagine.
1971 in television
January 10 - Masterpiece Theatre debuts on PBS.
All in the Family premieres January 12 on TV.Births
January 8 - Jason Giambi
, Major League Baseball All-Star.
January 11 - Mary J. Blige
, pop singer.
January 17 - Kid Rock
January 19 - Shawn Wayans
, actor, writer, producer.
January 19 - John Wozniak
, singer, songwriter of Marcy Playground.
February 1 - Jacobus van Reijswoud
February 3 - Sarah Kane
February 15 - Renée O'Connor
, actress, director.
February 17 - Denise Richards
February 25 - Sean Astin
February 26 - Erykah Badu
March 5 - John Frusciante
, musician, former member of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
March 10 - Ugonna Wachuku
, creative writer, author.
March 11 - Johnny Knoxville
, ("Jackass"), television personality.
March 24 - Saskia van Wijk
March 27 - David Coulthard
, Formula One racing driver.
March 31 - Ewan McGregor
March 31 - Pavel Bure
, hockey player.
April 1 - Method Man
April 3 - Picabo Street
, Olympic gold-medalist skier.
April 17- Selena Quintanilla
, famous Mexican-American tejano music singer (died 1995).
May 17 - Máxima Zorreguieta
, wife of Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
May 20 - Tony Stewart
, auto racing driver.
May 25 - Sonya Smith
May 26 - Matt Stone
, co-creator of South Park.
June 2 - Daniela Mireille Gwendolijn Adriena Pleiffer
June 2 - Anthony Montgomery
, actor (Star Trek: Enterprise).
June 5 - Mark Wahlberg
("Marky Mark"), actor, singer.
June 16 - Tupac Shakur
, rapper, poet, actor (d. 1996).
June 22 - Kurt Warner
, two-time NFL MVP.
July 1 - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
, hip hop artist.
July 9 - Marc Andreessen
, software developer - co-author of Mosaic and
cofounder of Netscape.
July 12 - Kristi Yamaguchi
, figure skater.
July 17 - Cory Doctorow
, author, activist.
July 22 - Kristine Lilly
, American soccer star; all-time leader in international matches
played (men or women).
August 4 - Jeff Gordon
, NASCAR racing driver.
August 6 - Merrin Dungey
August 12 - Pete Sampras
, tennis player.
August 17 - Jorge Posada
, Major League Baseball All-Star.
August 26 - Thalía
, Mexican actress.
September 1 - Hakan Sükür
, Turkish football star.
September 8 - Brooke Burke
September 18 - Lance Armstrong
, cyclist, five-time Tour de France winner.
September 11 - Richard Ashcroft
September 20 - Henrik Larsson
, Swedish football star.
October 14 - Jorge Costa
, football player.
October 25 - Pedro Martínez
, baseball pitcher, three-time Cy Young Award winner.
October 29 - Winona Ryder
November 16 - Jan Willem Geerhold
November 24 - Keith Primeau
, Canadian NHL star.
November 25 - Christina Applegate
November 25 - Magnus Arvedson
, hockey player.
November 30 - Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
, baseball player.
December 24 - Ricky Martin
December 25 - Dido
December 28 - Frank Sepe
, bodybuilder and male model.
December 31 - Brent Barry
, NBA basketball player.Deaths
January 5 - Douglas Shearer
, pioneer motion-picture sound engineer.
January 6 - Sonny Liston
(date he was found dead).
January 9 - Elmer Flick
, baseball player (b. 1876).
January 10 - Gabrielle Chanel
, aka Coco Chanel, fashion designer.
January 11 - Jose Arigo
January 19 - Harry Shields
, jazz musician (b. 1899).
January 20 - Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
, actor, director, writer, producer.
January 23 - Maria Christina Brouwer
January 28 - Donald Winnicott
, British psychoanalyst.
February 11 - Whitney Young Jr
, National Urban League director.
February 26 - Fernandel
, French comedian.
March 8 - Wilhelmina (Willemina) van den Houten
March 8 - Harold Lloyd
, silent screen comedian.
March 11 - Philo T. Farnsworth
, television pioneer.
March 16 - Thomas Dewey
, candidate for President of the United States in 1944 and 1948.
March 18 - Jannetje van As
April 6 - Igor Stravinsky
April 19 - Earl Thomson
, Canadian athlete.
April 21 - Papa Doc Duvalier
, despotic President of Haiti.
May 11 - Sean Lemass
, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.
May 12 - Heinie Manush
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1901).
May 15 - Sir Tyrone Guthrie
, director, producer, writer.
May 19 - Ogden Nash
May 28 - Audie Murphy
, World War II hero, actor.
June 10 - Michael Rennie
, actor (b. 1909).
June 30 - Viktor Patsayev
, Georgi Dobrovolsky, and Vladislav Volkov, Soyuz 11 cosmonauts.
July 3 - Jim Morrison
, American singer, songwriter and poet.
July 4 - August Derleth
, American author and anthologist.
July 6 - Louis Armstrong
, jazz musician.
July 7 - Claude Gauvreau
, Quebec playwright, poet and polemist.
July 7 - Ub Iwerks
, American animator.
July 15 - Cornelia Bil
July 19 - John Jacob Astor
, 1st Baron Astor of Hever, British businessman.
August 25 - Ted Lewis
, jazz musician, entertainer (b. 1890).
September 11 - Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev
, Soviet politician and leader. He was
buried without official honors.
September 12 - Lin Biao
, China's defense minister. Air crash in suspicious circumstances.
September 19/ 20 - William F. Albright
, American archeologist and Biblical scholar.
October 24 - Carl Ruggles
November 15 - Edie Sedgwick
, actor and model.
November 23 - Adriana (Joane) Stoutjesdijk
November 29 - Edith Bratt
, wife and inspiration to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
December 1 - Jacob van der Holst
December 12 - Aphalona (Apolonia) van den Houten
December 20 - Roy Oliver Disney
, older brother and business partner of Walt Disney.Sarah Walker
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