Historical Events for Year 1971

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Events 1 - 150 of 699

Jan 1st - Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
Jan 2nd - A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
Jan 3rd - "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 perfs
Jan 3rd - Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17 in AFC championship game
Jan 3rd - Dallas Cowboys beat SF '49ers 17-10 in NFC championship game
Jan 4th - Congressional Black Caucus organizes
Jan 4th - Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
Jan 4th - Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
Jan 4th - Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated
Jan 5th - 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
Jan 5th - Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
Jan 5th - Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
Jan 6th - Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
Jan 6th - Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate
Singer-songwriter Neil YoungSinger-songwriter Neil Young Jan 6th - Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days
Jan 7th - -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)
Jan 8th - 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
Jan 8th - Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
Jan 9th - "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 perf
Jan 10th - "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 perfs
Jan 10th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
Jan 10th - Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
Jan 11th - Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
Jan 12th - "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
Jan 12th - "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
Jan 12th - Congressional Black Caucus organizes
Politician, statesman Henry KissingerPolitician, statesman Henry Kissinger Jan 12th - US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger
Jan 12th - Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
Jan 12th - 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
Jan 13th - "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
Jan 14th - John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
Jan 15th - "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
Jan 15th - Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Jan 15th - George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"
Jan 16th - Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
Jan 17th - Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
Jan 17th - 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
Jan 18th - Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
Jan 18th - Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
Jan 19th - "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
Jan 19th - 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston
Murderer Charles MansonMurderer Charles Manson Jan 19th - The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial
Jan 19th - NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Jan 20th - Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)
Jan 20th - John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
Jan 21st - "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV
Jan 22nd - John Lennon & Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"
Jan 23rd - -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
Jan 23rd - 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
Jan 23rd - UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon Jan 23rd - Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
Jan 23rd - Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
Jan 24th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
Jan 25th - Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
Jan 25th - Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
Jan 25th - Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada
Jan 25th - Phila mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar
Jan 25th - WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
Jan 25th - The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
Jan 26th - Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
Jan 27th - Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
Jan 27th - The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
Jan 29th - Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
Jan 30th - "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
Jan 30th - Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
Jan 30th - UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
Jan 31st - "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart
Jan 31st - Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
Jan 31st - Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
Jan 31st - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
Jan 31st - US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
Jan 31st - & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
Feb 2nd - Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
Feb 3rd - KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
Feb 3rd - There is a series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
Feb 3rd - OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
Feb 4th - Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
Feb 4th - British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
Feb 4th - Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
Feb 4th - National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
Feb 4th - Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
Feb 5th - Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
Feb 6th - 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
Feb 6th - Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
Feb 6th - The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
Feb 6th - 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 7th - Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
Feb 8th - Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
Feb 8th - South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
Feb 8th - The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
Feb 9th - Apollo 14 returns to Earth
Feb 9th - Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
Feb 9th - Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
Feb 9th - Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF
Feb 9th - 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
Feb 10th - American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
Feb 10th - Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
Feb 10th - John Guares "House of Blue Leaves," premieres in NYC
Feb 10th - Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
Feb 11th - Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
Feb 11th - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
Feb 12th - Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
Feb 13th - 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
Feb 13th - Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
Feb 14th - Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon Feb 14th - Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
Feb 14th - Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
Feb 15th - After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons 12-shilling system for the decimal currency
Feb 15th - A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
Feb 17th - England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
Feb 19th - Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK
Feb 19th - Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
Feb 20th - Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season
NHL Center Phil EspositoNHL Center Phil Esposito Feb 20th - Maj General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
Feb 20th - Natl Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
Feb 21st - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
Feb 21st - Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
Feb 21st - The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
Feb 22nd - Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
Feb 23rd - Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
Feb 23rd - George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
Feb 23rd - Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
Feb 24th - Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
Feb 25th - "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
Feb 25th - P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," premieres in NYC
Feb 25th - 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 26th - Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
Feb 26th - Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
Feb 27th - Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
Feb 28th - WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus Feb 28th - 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA Natl FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam
Feb 28th - 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 extinguisers that were used to put out the fire)
Mar 1st - Bomb attack on the Capitol in Wash DC
Mar 1st - Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
Mar 3rd - South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
Mar 3rd - Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa
Mar 4th - "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey
Rock Vocalist Robert PlantRock Vocalist Robert Plant Mar 5th - "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin is first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.
Mar 6th - Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain
Mar 7th - Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
Mar 8th - Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Sq Garden
Mar 8th - Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
Mar 8th - Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
Mar 8th - Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man was killed; the feud between the two wings of the IRA had been developing since the split in 1970
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe FrazierBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier Mar 9th - J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
Mar 9th - 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 10th - US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
Mar 10th - Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
Mar 12th - Syrian premier Hafez Assad elected president
Mar 12th - Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army

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