Historical Events in 1971

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  • Jan 1st Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • Jan 1st 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1st 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1st 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2nd A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • Jan 3rd "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 3rd AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • Jan 3rd NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • Jan 4th Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • Jan 4th Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • Jan 4th Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • Jan 5th 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • Jan 5th Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • Jan 5th Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Jan 6th Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6th Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 6th Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Jan 7th -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)
  • Jan 8th 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
  • Jan 8th Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • Jan 9th "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 perf
  • Jan 10th "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jan 10th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • Jan 10th Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • Jan 11th Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • Jan 12th "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 12th "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 12th Congressional Black Caucus organizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12th US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Jan 12th Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • Jan 12th 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • Jan 12th 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • Jan 13th "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 14th John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15th "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
  • Jan 15th Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

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Jan 15th George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jan 16th Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • Jan 17th Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 17th At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • Jan 18th Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
  • Jan 18th Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 19th "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
  • Jan 19th 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston

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Jan 19th The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Jan 19th NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 20th Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 20th John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 21st "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV

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Jan 22nd John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 23rd -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • Jan 23rd 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • Jan 23rd UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 23rd Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23rd Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 24th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 25th Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Jan 25th Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
  • Jan 25th Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada

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Jan 25th Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 25th WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25th The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 26th Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • Jan 27th Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • Jan 27th The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • Jan 28th 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 29th Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30th "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 30th Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30th UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31st "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jan 31st Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31st Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
  • Jan 31st US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31st US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Jan 31st & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2nd US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • Feb 2nd Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
  • Feb 3rd KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 3rd A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3rd OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4th Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 4th British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • Feb 4th Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4th National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4th Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5th Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • Feb 5th 28th Golden Globes: Love Story, George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win
  • Feb 6th 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 6th The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 6th Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6th James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • Feb 7th Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
  • Feb 8th Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 8th South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • Feb 8th The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
  • Feb 9th Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9th Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9th Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 9th Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF
  • Feb 9th 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 10th American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10th Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 10th John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10th Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • Feb 11th Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 11th US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 12th Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • Feb 13th 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
  • Feb 13th Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
  • Feb 14th Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14th Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 14th Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 14th 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 15th After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 15th A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 17th England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

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Feb 19th Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 19th Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20th Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 20th Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
  • Feb 20th National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 21st Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 21st Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • Feb 21st The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • Feb 22nd Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
  • Feb 23rd Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
  • Feb 23rd George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
  • Feb 23rd Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
  • Feb 24th Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • Feb 25th "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
  • Feb 25th P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25th Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • Feb 26th Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Feb 26th Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Feb 27th Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
  • Feb 28th WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting

Sport awardGolf Major

Feb 28th 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

  • Feb 28th A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguisers that were used to put out the fire)
  • Mar 1st Bomb attack on the Capitol in Wash DC
  • Mar 1st Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3rd South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • Mar 3rd Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
  • Mar 4th "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5th "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin is first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Mar 6th Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 7th Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8th Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8th Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8th Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 8th Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man was killed; the feud between the two wings of the IRA had been developing since the split in 1970
  • Mar 9th J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9th Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • Mar 10th US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
  • Mar 10th Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12th Syrian premier Hafez Assad elected president
  • Mar 12th Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 12th Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 13th Live at Fillmore East recorded
  • Mar 13th 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 14th Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 14th South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • Mar 14th The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14th 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14th 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 15th Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
  • Mar 16th 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
  • Mar 16th KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 16th Government of Trygve Bratteli in Norway.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16th Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Mar 16th Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Mar 18th 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19th Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20th Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 20th Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • Mar 21st Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21st Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 21st Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21st WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 22nd Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 22nd 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 23rd USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 23rd Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 25th Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25th European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25th Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Mar 25th James Callaghan speaks at a rally of the Northern Ireland labour movement, but rejects calls for the Labour Party to open membership to those living in N. Ireland
  • Mar 26th "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings
  • Mar 26th "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26th Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence
  • Mar 27th 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27th The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • Mar 28th 25th Tony Awards: Sleuth & Company win
  • Mar 29th 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
  • Mar 29th Chile president Allende nationalizes banks/copper mines
  • Mar 29th Conrad Van Emde Boas becomes West Europe's 1st sexology professor
  • Mar 29th Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
  • Mar 29th WSVN (now WSBN) TV channel 47 in Norton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31st South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion