What Happened in 1971 - On This Day

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What Happened in 1971

Important Events in 1971

  • Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House
  • Mar 26 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan
  • Jul 9 Henry Kissinger visits the People's Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China
  • Oct 25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • Nov 21 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan

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1971 in Film & TV

1971 in Music

1971 in Sport

  • Feb 28 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • Mar 8 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"
  • Jul 10 100th British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale: Lee Trevino wins the first of his consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan
  • Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

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Crew of Russian space mission Soyuz 11 found dead upon arrival on earth (only people to die in space)

On June 30, 1971


Famous People in 1971

World Leaders in 1971

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American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again

On November 24, 1971

Famous Weddings in 1971

  • Jan 7 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist
  • Feb 5 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London
  • Mar 4 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Famous Divorces in 1971

  • Jan 11 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK
  • Jun 18 Aviator Howard Hughes divorces 2nd wife Jean Peters after 14 years of marriage

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