Historical Events in 1971 (Part 2)

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  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre
  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 2 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 3 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • Apr 4 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
  • Apr 4 Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die
  • Apr 5 Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
  • Apr 5 Mount Etna erupts in Sicily
  • Apr 5 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
  • Apr 6 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claimes that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by

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Apr 7 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • Apr 9 Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 10 US table tennis team arrives in China PR
  • Apr 10 First game played at Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium, Phils win 4-1
  • Apr 10 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • Apr 11 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Fort Point, SF dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 14 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 15 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win
  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
  • Apr 17 People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
  • Apr 18 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st
  • Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
  • Apr 21 Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
  • Apr 22 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 10 launched
  • Apr 23 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • Apr 23 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
  • Apr 24 "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only)
  • Apr 24 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • Apr 25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Apr 25 US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • Apr 26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • Apr 26 SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • Apr 26 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • Apr 28 Dutch social democratic party/D'66/DS'70 win parliamentary election
  • Apr 28 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr becomes 1st black admiral in US Navy
  • Apr 29 Bill Graham closes down Fillmore & Fillmore East
  • Apr 29 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • May 1 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • May 1 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • May 2 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 3 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • May 3 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
  • May 3 National Public Radio begins programming
  • May 3 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
  • May 5 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 5 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • May 8 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 9 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 9 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • May 9 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Balt Oriole history
  • May 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open
  • May 10 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 13 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • May 15 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • May 15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • May 16 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • May 16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych London
  • May 16 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • May 17 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • May 17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • May 18 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • May 18 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect
  • May 18 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus
  • May 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • May 18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found
  • May 19 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • May 20 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • May 22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • May 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale
  • May 23 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands
  • May 24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • May 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • May 27 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 28 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 28 USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
  • May 29 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)
  • May 30 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • May 30 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • May 30 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 31 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" opens at Golden NYC for 31 performances
  • Jun 1 Ed Sullivan's final TV show on CBS
  • Jun 2 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • Jun 3 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)
  • Jun 4 J Luns appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • Jun 4 Oakland A's beat Wash Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • Jun 4 Zaheer Abbas scores Cricket 274 at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • Jun 5 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • Jun 6 "Ed Sullivan Show" last broadcasts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6 Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die

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Jun 6 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jun 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 6 Soyuz 11 takes 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 1 space station
  • Jun 6 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, GA (CBN) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 6 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 70th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Ilie Năstase (8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 6 70th Women's French Open: Evonne Goolagong beats Helen Gourlay (6-3, 7-5)
  • Jun 7 Soviet Soyuz 11 crew completes 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut space station
  • Jun 8 North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam
  • Jun 8 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign
  • Jun 8 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
  • Jun 9 Abdul Zahir appointed premier of Afghanistan
  • Jun 9 Paul McCartney's album "Ram" goes gold
  • Jun 10 11 die in a train crash in Salem Ill
  • Jun 10 44th National Spelling Bee: Jonathan Knisely wins spelling shalloon
  • Jun 11 US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan
  • Jun 11 US ends ban on China trade

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 17th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 13 The New York Times begin publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, classified documents on the long history of the U.S. in Vietnam
  • Jun 13 In defiance of a government ban, members of the Orange Order march through the mainly Catholic town of Dungiven, County Londonderry causing a riot
  • Jun 15 Vernon E Jordan Jr, appointed exec director of National Urban League
  • Jun 16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen
  • Jun 16 Racial disturbance in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 18 Social Democratic and Labour Party and Nationalist Members of Parliament refuse to attend the state opening of Stormont (North Ireland Parliament)
  • Jun 19 Mayor declares state of emergency in Columbus Ga, racial disturbance
  • Jun 20 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Heritage Golf Open
  • Jun 21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana
  • Jun 21 71st US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 280 at Merion GC in Ardmore PA
  • Jun 21 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • Jun 21 Intl Court of Justice asks South-Africa to pull out of Namibia
  • Jun 22 a Pretoria court rules that the former leader of the banned Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, will not be allowed to use his exit permit to leave South Africa for his studies in the United States.
  • Jun 23 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • Jun 23 WTVP TV channel 47 in Peoria, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Jun 25 Stevie Wonder releases "Where I'm Coming From"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Jun 26 "Man of La Mancha" closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2329 performances
  • Jun 26 Angels suspend Alex Johnson (after 5 benchings & 29 fines)
  • Jun 26 21st Berlin International Film Festival: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" closes at Golden NYC after 31 performances
  • Jun 27 26th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 28 Rock venue Fillmore East closes in New York City
  • Jun 28 Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs & no-hits Reds

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Jun 28 US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Jun 29 Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards sentenced on drug offense

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Jun 30 Crew of Russian space mission Soyuz 11 found dead upon arrival on earth (only people to die in space)
  • Jun 30 Ohio becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, thus ratifying 26th amendment
  • Jul 1 Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • Jul 1 Debt raised to build San Franisco's Golden Gate Bridge paid off
  • Jul 1 State of Washington becomes 1st state to ban sex discrimination
  • Jul 2 78th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Smith (64 61)
  • Jul 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 3 85th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe beats Stan Smith (63 57 26 64 64)
  • Jul 4 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 5 26th amendment to the US constitution certified (reduces voting age to 18)
  • Jul 5 Simon Gray's "Butley" premieres in London
  • Jul 6 Barend Biesheuvel government forms in Netherlands
  • Jul 6 Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda sworn in as President for Life of Malawi
  • Jul 6 White House Plumbers unit formed to plug news leaks
  • Jul 6 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) is killed in a premature explosion in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
  • Jul 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 8 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws from Stormont in protest

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Jul 9 Henry Kissinger visits China PR

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Jul 10 100th British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 278 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 10 Failed assassination attempt on King Hassan II of Morocco, 101 killed
  • Jul 11 Chilean parliament nationalizes US copper mines
  • Jul 11 Jane Blalock wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 11 The Irish Republican Army set off a number of bombs in the centre of Belfast injuring a number of people
  • Jul 12 Juan Corona, indicted for 25 murders
  • Jul 13 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit