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1971 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 432

  • Sep 24 Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament
  • Sep 26 MP David Bleakley resigns in protest over the introduction of Internment and the lack of any new political initiatives by the Northern Ireland government
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • Sep 28 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty after 15 years refuge in US Embassy in Budapest is allowed to leave the country
  • Sep 28 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • Sep 29 Cyclone & tidal wave off Bay of Bengal kills as many as 10,000
  • Sep 29 Orbiting Solar Observatory VII launched
  • Sep 29 Ron Hunt is hit by a pitch for record 50th time in a season
  • Sep 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 30 -11/6] Rome: 3rd bishop synod

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal launch the [Ulster] Democratic Unionist Party

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • Oct 1 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • Oct 2 Homing pigeon averages a record 133kph in an 1100km race in Australia
  • Oct 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 5 A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment

  • Oct 7 Terence McNally's play "Where has Tommy Flowers gone?" premieres in NYC

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 7 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Japanese Emperor Hirohito visits the Netherlands

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Oct 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 11 Frank McGee becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 2 killed in Memphis racial disturbances
  • Oct 15 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia
  • Oct 16 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in San Francisco
  • Oct 17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • Oct 17 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 19 Last issue of "Look" magazine is published
  • Oct 19 A group of Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 20 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Oct 20 The Nepal stock exchange collapses.
  • Oct 20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 21 William H Rehnquist & Lewis F Powell nominated to US Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan

  • Oct 22 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • Oct 23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • Oct 24 Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • Oct 24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • Oct 24 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve a united Ireland
  • Oct 24 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 25 Belgium & People's Republic of China establish diplomatic relations
  • Oct 25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • Oct 25 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast
  • Oct 26 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • Oct 26 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle
  • Oct 27 Republic of Congo-Kinshasa becomes Republic of Zaire
  • Oct 27 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
  • Oct 28 United Kingdom becomes the 6th nation to have a satellite in orbit with the launch of Prospero

Britain Joins the European CommunityBritain Joins the European Community

Oct 28 The British Parliament debates the European Communities principle of membership and votes 356 to 244 in favour of joining, requiring a new law to be drafted and a later final vote on joining

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Margaret Thatcher campaigning to stay in Europe during the 1975 referendum
Margaret Thatcher campaigning to stay in Europe during the 1975 referendum
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  • Oct 31 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Eisenhower dollar put into circulation

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Nov 3 "Play Misty For Me" premieres
  • Nov 5 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • Nov 6 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Nov 9 David Storey's "Changing Room" premieres in London
  • Nov 9 John List kills family & moves to Colorado
  • Nov 10 US table tennis team arrived in China
  • Nov 11 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Nov 13 Mariner 9, 1st to orbit another planet (Mars)
  • Nov 14 Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria

InventionHistoric Invention

Nov 15 Intel advertises 4004-processor

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Nov 16 The Compton inquiry is published, acknowledging that there was ill-treatment of internees, but rejected claims of systematic brutality or torture (Northern Ireland)
  • Nov 16 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • Nov 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 18 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 21 Richard Baker becomes teacher of San Francisco Zen Center
  • Nov 21 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan
  • Nov 22 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • Nov 23 China People's Republic seated in UN Security Council
  • Nov 24 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again
  • Nov 24 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • Nov 24 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Nov 27 Soviet Mars 2 becomes 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • Nov 27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights
  • 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 space probe 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Dec 2 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is appointed President of the United Arab Emirates

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 3 India invades West Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives and starting the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
  • 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 Libya nationalizes British Petroleum concession
  • Dec 6 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as US 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 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

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