Historical Events in 1971

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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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Jan 15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 17 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 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
  • Jan 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 19 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
  • Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

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

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Jan 22 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 23 -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • Jan 23 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 24 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
  • Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 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 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • Jan 27 Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • Jan 27 The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Jan 31 & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 3 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 4 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: Love Story, George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 6 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6 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 7 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 8 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF
  • Feb 9 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 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
  • Feb 13 Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 20 Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 21 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • Feb 22 Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
  • Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
  • Feb 23 Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
  • Feb 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25 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 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Feb 26 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 27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting

Sport awardGolf Major

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

  • Feb 28 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 1 Bomb attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • Mar 3 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
  • Mar 4 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 5 "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
Musician
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 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 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • Mar 8 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 9 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 9 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 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
  • Mar 10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12 Syrian premier Hafez Assad elected president
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 13 Live at Fillmore East recorded
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 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 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
  • Mar 16 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Mar 17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • Mar 18 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 21 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 21 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 22 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 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 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

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