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Historical Events for the Year 1971

  • 1st January » Cigarette advertising e.g advertisements are banned on American television.
  • 1st January » Hellenic Railways Organisation, the Greek national railway company, is founded.
  • 2nd January » The second 1971 Ibrox disaster Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers F.C. Rangers-Celtic F.C. Celtic association football (soccer) match.
  • 8th January » Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali people or Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
  • 12th January » The Harrisburg Seven: Reverend Philip Berrigan and five others are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
  • 12th January » All in the Family The famous situation comedy premieres on CBS
  • 21st January » The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.
  • 22nd January » The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued.
  • 25th January » Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
  • 31st January » Apollo program: Apollo 14 Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro formation known as Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
  • 31st January » The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by United States named Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 2nd February » Idi Amin replaces President of Uganda called President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
  • 2nd February » The international Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands is signed in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran.
  • 3rd February » New York City Police or New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.
  • 5th February » Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.
  • 8th February » The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
  • 9th February » The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
  • 9th February » Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League baseball named Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 9th February » Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
  • 11th February » Eighty-seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, sign the Seabed Arms Control Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 13th February » Vietnam War: Backed by United States e.g American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
  • 15th February » The decimalisation of Coins of the pound sterling named British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • 20th February » The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
  • 21st February » The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • 24th February » The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, is killed 3 days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar is appointed as the new chairman.
  • 25th February » The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online.
  • 26th February » Secretary-General of the United Nations named U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 27th February » Doctors in the first Netherlands named Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform 'abortus provocatus known as aborti provocati'.
  • 1st March » President of Pakistan Yahya Khan indefinitely postpones the pending national assembly session, precipitating massive civil disobedience in East Pakistan.
  • 7th March » Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivers his 7th March Speech of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or historic speech at Suhrawardy Udyan.
  • 18th March » In Peru a landslide crashes into Yanawayin Lake, killing 200 people at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 25th March » Bangladesh Liberation War: Beginning of Operation Searchlight by the Pakistani Armed Forces against East Pakistani civilians.
  • 25th March » The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Operation Lam Son 719 called abandon an attempt to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.
  • 29th March » My Lai massacre: Lieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
  • 29th March » A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the Capital punishment or death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
  • 1st April » Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army Jinjira massacre e.g massacre over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.
  • 5th April » In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches a revolt against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
  • 7th April » President Richard Milhous Nixon named Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
  • 19th April » Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the List of Presidents of Sierra Leone named president.
  • 19th April » Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a Vietnam Veterans Against the War Dewey Canyon III - Washington.2C D.C..2C April 1971 named five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C..
  • 19th April » Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
  • 19th April » Charles Manson is sentenced to death (later commuted life imprisonment) for conspiracy (crime) conspiracy to commit the Sharon Tate Tate/Leno and Rosemary LaBianca LaBianca murders.
  • 23rd April » Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army and Razakars (Pakistan) Razakars Jathibhanga massacre massacre approximately 3,000 Hinduism Hindu emigrants in the Jathibhanga area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
  • 24th April » Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
  • 1st May » Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
  • 19th May » Mars probe program: 'Mars 2' is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 26th May » Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army Burunga massacre known as slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
  • 27th May » The Dahlerau train disaster, the worst railway accident in West Germany, kills 46 people and injures 25 near Wuppertal.
  • 30th May » Mariner program: 'Mariner 9' is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
  • 31st May » In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the United States Congress known as U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
  • 6th June » Soyuz program: 'Soyuz 11' is launched.
  • 6th June » A Hughes Airwest Flight 706 midair collision between a Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9 Jet airliner jetliner and a United States Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter aircraft jet fighter near Duarte, California, claims 50 lives.
  • 7th June » The United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Cohen v. California known as Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 7th June » The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives known as Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service raids the home of Ken Ballew raid or Ken Ballew for illegal possession of hand grenades.
  • 11th June » The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas e.g Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.
  • 13th June » Vietnam War: 'The New York Times' begins publication of the Pentagon Papers.
  • 17th June » President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
  • 27th June » After only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham (promoter) known as Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East in New York, New York, the "Church of Rock and Roll".
  • 30th June » The crew of the Soviet Union called Soviet 'Soyuz 11' spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve.
  • 30th June » Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.
  • 5th July » Right to vote: The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
  • 11th July » Copper mines in Chile are nationalized.
  • 12th July » The Australian Aboriginal Flag is flown for the first time.
  • 15th July » The United Red Army is founded in Japan.
  • 26th July » Apollo program: launch of 'Apollo 15' on the first Apollo "List of Apollo mission types e.g J-Mission", and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
  • 26th July » Nicolette Milnes-Walker completes sailing non-stop single-handedly across the Atlantic, becoming the first woman to successfully do so.
  • 30th July » Apollo program: 'Apollo 15' Mission David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module 'Falcon' land on the Moon with the first Lunar Roving Vehicle named Lunar Rover.
  • 30th July » An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force Japanese Air Force North American F-86 Sabre F-86 All Nippon Airways Flight 58 collide over Morioka, Iwate, Japan killing 162.
  • 31st July » Apollo program: 'Apollo 15' astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
  • 5th August » The first Pacific Islands Forum (then known as the "South Pacific Forum") is held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 9th August » The Troubles: The British Army in Northern Ireland launches Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and Internment known as interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that followed.
  • 10th August » The Society for American Baseball Research is founded in Cooperstown, New York.
  • 14th August » Bahrain declares independence as the State of Bahrain.
  • 15th August » President of the United States called President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by Nixon Shock named ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  • 15th August » Bahrain gains Bahrain Independence Day known as independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 18th August » Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 21st August » A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party (Philippines) Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda bombing Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Ferdinand Marcos Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 22nd August » J. Edgar Hoover and John N. Mitchell named John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
  • 3rd September » Qatar becomes an independent state.
  • 4th September » Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
  • 9th September » The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, eventually resulting in 39 dead, most killed by New York State Police named state troopers retaking the Attica Correctional Facility known as prison.
  • 11th September » The History of the Egyptian Constitution e.g Egyptian Constitution becomes official.
  • 19th September » Montagnard (Vietnam) Montagnard ARVN troops of South Vietnam revolt against the rule of Nguyễn Khánh, killing 70 Vietnamese people ethnic Vietnamese soldiers.
  • 20th September » Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene–Olivia named Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific
  • 21st September » Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations.
  • 26th September » The Freetown Christiania was founded.
  • 28th September » The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • 29th September » Oman joins the Arab League.
  • 1st October » Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1st October » The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
  • 7th October » Oman joins the United Nations.
  • 10th October » Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge (Lake Havasu City) e.g London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
  • 15th October » The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 20th October » The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 21st October » A Clarkston explosion named gas explosion kills 22 people at a shopping center in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 27th October » The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
  • 28th October » United Kingdom e.g Britain launches the satellite Prospero (satellite) known as Prospero into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, the only British satellite to date launched by a British rocket.
  • 29th October » In Macon, Georgia, guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident.
  • 6th November » The United States Atomic Energy Commission tests the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands named Aleutians.
  • 10th November » In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack the city of Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine fixed-wing aircraft called aircraft.
  • 12th November » Vietnam War: As part of Vietnamization, US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
  • 14th November » Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria or Pope Shenouda III as Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria or Pope of Alexandria.
  • 14th November » 'Mariner 9' enters orbit around Mars.
  • 21st November » Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrilla warfare called guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.
  • 24th November » During a severe thunderstorm over Washington (U.S. state) known as Washington state, a Aircraft hijacking or hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has nev
  • 28th November » Wasfi al-Tal, Prime Minister of Jordan, is assassinated by the Black September (group) e.g Black September unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 30th November » Pahlavi dynasty or Iran seizes the Greater and Lesser Tunbs from the United Arab Emirates.
  • 1st December » Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
  • 2nd December » Abu Dhabi (emirate) named Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah (emirate) known as Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates.
  • 3rd December » Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launches Operation Chengiz Khan called a pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • 4th December » The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • 4th December » The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
  • 4th December » The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water".
  • 7th December » Pakistan President Yahya Khan announces the formation of a coalition government with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Deputy Prime Minister.
  • 9th December » The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations.
  • 9th December » Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 e.g Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes Meghna Heli Bridge e.g an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 18th December » Capitol Reef National Park is established in Utah.
  • 20th December » Zulfikar Ali Bhutto takes over as the fourth President of Pakistan.