Historical Events in December 1971

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Dec 1 Cubs release Ernie Banks & sign him as a coach

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Dec 1 Galt MacDermot/John Guare's "2 gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

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Dec 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Dec 1 Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
  • Dec 2 Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars
  • Dec 2 United Arab Emirates (Trucial States) declares independence from UK
  • Dec 2 Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah & Umm ak Qiwain form United Arab Emirates
  • Dec 2 Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi becomes President of UAE

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Dec 3 US President Richard Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 3 Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: India invades West Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • Dec 4 The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • Dec 4 The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
  • Dec 4 McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'
  • Dec 5 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 5 Libya nationalizes British Petroleum concession
  • Dec 6 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • Dec 6 A woman dies trying to salvage property from the Salvation Army Citadel in Belfast after bomb which started a large fire in an adjoining building
  • Dec 7 "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Dec 7 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • Dec 7 An off duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 9 Lewis F Powell Jr appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Dec 10 West German union chancellor W Burns receives Nobel prize of peace
  • Dec 10 William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • Dec 11 The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.
  • Dec 11 A bomb explodes outside a furniture showroom on the mainly-Protestant and loyalist Shankill Road, Belfast; four civilians (including two babies) were killed and nineteen wounded
  • Dec 13 John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed
  • Dec 14 Golden Gate Bridge lights out all night due to power failure
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • Dec 14 The Pakistan Army executes over 200 of East Pakistan's intellectuals during the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Dec 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
  • Dec 16 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
  • Dec 16 India's army occupies Dacca, West Pakistani troops surrenders
  • Dec 17 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • Dec 17 Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
  • Dec 17 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • Dec 18 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 18 People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic
  • Dec 18 US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245)
  • Dec 18 Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
  • Dec 19 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • Dec 19 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)
  • Dec 19 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp

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Dec 19 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Dec 20 Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigns
  • Dec 21 UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th Secretary-General
  • Dec 21 A publican is killed as he tried to remove a bomb from his pub, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 22 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 UN General Assembly ratifies former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General
  • Dec 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 23 British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence
  • Dec 24 Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke found 10 days later
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • Dec 25 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) form Jesse Jackson
  • Dec 25 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 28 Hasj falls from now on under(neath) the Opiumwet
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 30 A member of the Irish Republican Army is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Santry, Dublin.
  • Dec 31 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Dec 31 Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn