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1971 Events

The second year of the 70s decade was a particularly notable one, with important events occurring regularly, including:


  • The TV world is rocked by the premiere of the controversial All in the Family
  • Apollo 14 makes a successful mission to the moon and restores faith in the U.S. space program


  • The Nasdaq stock market index debuts
  • 50 tornadoes hit Mississippi, killing 74 people
  • Evel Knievel jumps over 19 cars and sets a world record


  • Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in a legendary fight at Madison Square Garden
  • The Ed Sullivan Show ends after 24 seasons


  • Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc) declares himself president of Haiti for life, following the death of his father, Papa Doc.
  • A half-million people converge on Washington D.C. to protest the Vietnam War


  • Amtrak commences inter-city rail passenger service
  • Mariner 9 is launched, aiming for Mars


  • The New York Times begins to publish the controversial “Pentagon Papers”
  • Southwest Airlines celebrates its first flight


  • Jim Morrison of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris
  • The U.K. sends 11,000 troops to Northern Ireland
  • Gloria Steinem delivers her famous Address to the Women of America
  • Apollo 15 astronauts ride a lunar rover on the moon


  • The Concert for Bangladesh in NYC attracts 40,000 fans
  • Construction of the Louisiana Superdome begins
  • Australia and New Zealand withdraw from the Vietnam War


  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington D.C.
  • John Lennon releases his second album Imagine


  • In Orlando, Walt Disney World opens with one theme park, two hotels, and a campground
  • The number of U.S. troops in Vietnam is at an all-time low, at about 196,000


  • Intel releases the first microprocessor, known as the Intel 4004
  • D.B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient plane he hijacked, carrying $200,000 in ransom. He was never found.


  • The United Arab Emirates is founded
  • The Pakistani army surrenders and the liberation of Bangladesh is complete