On This Day

Events in History in July 1971

  • Jul 1 North Carolina becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, ratifying 26th amendment
  • Jul 1 Britain and 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 1 Twenty-sixth Amendment, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18, is ratified and becomes part of the United States Constitution
  • Jul 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 4 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest

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Jul 9 Henry Kissinger visits the People's Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Jul 10 Failed assassination attempt on King Hassan II of Morocco, 101 killed

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Jul 10 National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) founded in US by women including Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Gloria Steinem

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem
Writer Betty Friedan
Writer
Betty Friedan
1st Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
1st Black Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm
  • Jul 11 Chilean parliament nationalizes American copper mines
  • 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

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Jul 15 US President Richard Nixon announces he will visit the People's Republic of China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Jul 16 Franco appoints prince Juan Carlos as deputy in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jul 16 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) withdraw from Stormont (North Ireland Parliament) after no inquiry is announced into the shooting dead of Seamus Cusack and Desmond Beattie
  • Jul 19 Sudan military coup under maj Hashem al-Atta, Numeiry flees
  • Jul 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Jul 21 Sam Giancana returns to the United States after spending seven years of exile in Mexico

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • Jul 22 Sudanese military counter-coup under premier Numeiry
  • Jul 23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • Jul 26 Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon
  • Jul 28 16 time gold glover Brook Robinson commits 3 errors in 6th inning
  • Jul 30 Japanese Boeing 727 collides with an F-86 fighter killing 162
  • Jul 30 US Apollo 15 (Scott & Irwin) lands on Mare Imbrium on the Moon
  • Jul 31 Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
  • Jul 31 Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Reversion Law mandates gradual transfer to government ownership of all "unexploited concession areas" by 1974 and "all their residual assets" by 1983