On This Day

Events in History in 1971 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 441 of 441

  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 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 The Pakistan Army executes an estimated 1,111 of East Pakistan's intellectuals during the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Dec 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 16 Vijay Diwas (Victory Day): East Pakistan's independence (as Bangladesh) from Pakistan is recognized internationally after India's army occupies Dacca, and 93,000 West Pakistani troops surrender
  • Dec 16 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
  • Dec 17 Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
  • Dec 17 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • Dec 18 People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) formed by Jesse Jackson in Chicago
  • 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 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp
  • Dec 20 Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigns

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 20 First preview issue of "Ms" magazine is published in the US launched by Gloria Steinem

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem
  • 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 UN General Assembly ratifies former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General
  • Dec 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Dec 24 Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke found 10 days later
  • Dec 25 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) formed by Jesse Jackson
  • Dec 25 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul
  • Dec 28 Hashish now falls under the Dutch Opium Law (Opiumwet)
  • 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 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