Events in History in 1971

Events 1 - 200 of 428

  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 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 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate
  • Jan 7 -40°F (-40°C) in Hawley Lake, Arizona (state record)
  • Jan 8 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, California
  • Jan 8 Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • 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 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • Jan 12 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
  • 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

Meeting of Interest

Jan 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling

  • 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 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row

Murder of Interest

Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders

  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state

Coup d'état

Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Historic Event

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

  • 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 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda
  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • 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 NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust while his fellow officers stood outside and failed to call for assistance
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4 British automobile and aerospace company Rolls Royce Ltd enters voluntary liquidation
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 The NASDAQ stock exchange, the second-largest in the world - behind the New York Stock Exchange - is founded in New York City

Historic Expedition

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 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 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 7 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 8 Operation Lam Son 719 begins, a limited South Vietnamese incursion into Laos
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi & Louisiana killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna
  • Feb 23 US army officer William Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina during his trial for the My Lai Massacre
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • 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 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day

  • Feb 26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on 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 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 extinguishers 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

Historic Event

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
  • Mar 7 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
  • Mar 8 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA developing since the split in 1970
  • Mar 8 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • 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 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 10 US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18

Election of Interest

Mar 12 Hafez al-Assad consolidates power in Syria by installing himself as President

  • Mar 12 The Allman Brothers Band record their live album "Live at Fillmore East" on this date and the following day
  • Mar 12 Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army
  • Mar 12 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
  • Mar 14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • Mar 15 Chatrooms make their debut on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet

Meeting of Interest

Mar 16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to discuss 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 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 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
  • Mar 22 Brian Faulkner becomes the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept simplified divorce
  • Mar 23 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 24 Serge Gainsbourg releases his concept album "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
  • Mar 25 European council accepts Mansholt plan laying off 5 million farmers

Historic Event

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

  • Mar 26 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings

Historic Event

Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan

  • Mar 27 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) holds its first Annual Conference in the Ulster Hall in Belfast
  • 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 31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • Mar 31 William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • Apr 3 The Temptations score their second US No. 1 with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)"
  • 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

Historic Event

Apr 5 Sri Lanka's communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike

  • Apr 5 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre

Historic Event

Apr 6 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claims that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists

  • Apr 7 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free
  • Apr 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • 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 10 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • Apr 11 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 14 Fort Point, San Francisco dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 US President Richard Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
  • 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 22 Soyuz 10 launches as the world's first mission to the first-ever space station (the Salyut 1) however the docking was unsuccessful and the cosmonauts returned to Earth
  • Apr 23 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • Apr 24 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • Apr 25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • Apr 25 US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • Apr 26 San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • Apr 26 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • 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 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 1 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • May 3 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • May 3 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist 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 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • May 9 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • May 9 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Baltimore Oriole history
  • May 10 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • May 13 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • May 15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • May 15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • May 16 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • May 16 US 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • May 17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • May 18 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect
  • May 18 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus
  • May 18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 19 USSR launches Mars 2, becomes the 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • May 20 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee

White Night Riots

May 21 White Night riots occur in San Francisco after Dan White is given a lenient sentence for assassinating Mayor George Moscone and the openly gay elected official Harvey Milk

  • May 22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • May 24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • 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 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
  • May 30 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • May 30 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched
  • Jun 4 J Luns appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • Jun 6 Air West flight 706 collides with a US Marine Corps F-4B Phantom jet over Los Angeles killing all 49 aboard the DC-6 and the pilot of the F-4B
  • Jun 6 Soyuz 11 takes 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 1 space station
  • Jun 7 Soviet Soyuz 11 crew completes 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut space station
  • 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 8 North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam
  • Jun 9 Abdul Zahir appointed premier of Afghanistan
  • Jun 10 11 die in a train crash in Salem, Illinois
  • 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
  • Jun 13 "The New York Times" begins 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 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 Georgia due to racial disturbance
  • Jun 21 International Court of Justice asks South Africa to pull out of Namibia
  • Jun 22 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 study in the United States