Decades: 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s - 1970s - 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 - 1971 - 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
January 1 - British divorce Reform Act comes into force
January 2 - 66 die in stairway crush at Rangers v Celtic football match, Glasgow, Scotland.
January 2 - A ban on television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States.
January 3 - BBC Open University commences
January 7 - Howard Hughes breaks his silence to announce that his supposed biography is a forgery.
January 15 - Aswan Dam officially opened
January 19 - No, No Nanette premieres (46th Street Theatre, New York City).
January 25 - Charles Manson and three female "family members" are found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sharon Tate and others
January 25 - Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda's president
January 25 - Himachal Pradesh becomes the 18th Indian state
January 31 - Apollo program: Astronauts aboard Apollo 14 lift off for a mission to the moon.
February 2 - In Uganda after a coup, Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader.
February 4 - In Britain, Rolls Royce goes bankrupt - state takes over
February 5 - Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.
February 7 - Tuscany, Italy, wrecked in an earthquake
February 7 - Men of Switzerland vote for giving voting rights to women in state elections - but not in all canton-specific ones.
February 8 - A new stock-market index called the Nasdaq debuts.
February 9 - The 6.4 on the Richter Scale Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
February 9 - Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to become voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
February 9 - Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
February 11 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
February 13 - Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
February 15 - "Decimalization" - United Kingdom switches to decimal currency.
March 1 - Bomb explodes in men's room in the White House - Weather Underground claims responsibility.
March 10 - Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers voting age to 18.
March 12 - Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
March 18 - A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Lake Yanahuani killing 200.
March 26 - East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan and the establishment of Bangladesh.
March 29 - William Calley is found guilty of 22 murders in My Lai massacre and sentenced to life in prison. He is later pardoned.
March 29 - A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
April 5 - Mount Etna erupts.
April 9 - Charles Manson is sentenced to death but the sentence is commuted to life imprisonment.
April 17 - Libya, Syria and Egypt sign an agreement to form a confederation.
April 19 - Soviet Union launches Saljut I.
April 19 - Followers of Charles Manson, the Manson Family, are sentenced to gas chamber.
April 20 - Supreme Court of the United States rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
April 24 - 500.000 demonstrate against Vietnam War in Washington DC.
May 3 - Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C; police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
May 3 - All Things Considered, National Public Radio's flagship news program, broadcasts for the first time.
May 19 - Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
May 30 - Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched toward Mars.
May 31 The birth of a new country, Bangladesh. It is out of territory formerly part of Pakistan
June - The Pentagon Papers are published
June 14 - Norway begins oil production in North Sea.
June 17 - USA and Japan sign a treaty which gives Okinawa and other islands back to Japan.
June 28 - Black assassin shoots Joe Colombo to the head in a middle of a Italian-American rally. Colombo goes into coma.
June 30 - The crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply leaks out through a faulty valve
July 5 - Right to vote: The voting age in the United States is reduced to 18 from 21 (provision of the 26th Amendment formally certified by President Richard Nixon on this day).
July 9 - Britain sends 500 more soldiers to Northern Ireland.
July 16 - Franco makes Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
July 26 - Apollo program: Launch of Apollo 15. On July 31 the Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover a day after landing on the surface.
August 9 - British security forces in Northern Ireland detain hundreds of guerilla suspects and put them into Long Kesh - the beginning of an internment without trial policy. 20 die in riots that follow
August 14 - Emirate of Bahrain declares independence.
August 15 - President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods Gold Standard.
August 18 - Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
August 26 - Civilian government in Greece.
September 3 - Qatar regains independence from the United Kingdom.
September 4 - A Boeing 727 carrying Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes into the side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska killing all 111 people on board.
September 8 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
September 9 - September 13 - Attica Prison riots - 43 dead, 10 of them hostages.
September 24 - Britain expels 90 KGB and GRU officials and 15 are not allowed to return
September 27 - October 11 - Emperor Hirohito travels abroad.
September 28 - Cardinal Mindszenty, who has resided in US embassy in Budapest from 1956 is allowed to move out of Hungary.
September 29 - Cyclone and tidal wave in the Bay of Bengal in Orissa state in India kills 10.000
October 1 - Walt Disney World opens.
October 25 - The United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of China and expels the Republic of China (on Taiwan).
October 27 - Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
October 28 - British House of Commons votes in favour of joining the EEC by 356-244
October 29 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - The total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest level since January 1966).
October 30 - Rev. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party founded in Northern Ireland
November 3 - The UNIX Programmer's Manual is published.
November 6 - US nuclear bomb test in Aleuts.
November 10 - In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack the city Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine airplanes.
November 12 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
November 13 - Mariner program: Mariner 9 enters Mars orbit.
November 15 - Intel releases world's first microprocessor, the 4004.
November 23 - The People's Republic of China is given the Republic of China's seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
November 24 - During a severe thunderstorm over Washington, a man calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked with US$200,000 in ransom money (he was never heard from again).
December 1 - Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray, 10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.
December 2 - Six Sheikdoms in Persian Gulf founds United Arab Emirates
December 3 - Indian-Pakistan War begins
December 18 - US dollar devalued for the second time in US history
December 18 - World's largest hydroelectric plant in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, begins operations.
December 29 - The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta
Don't Make A Wave Committee changes its name to Greenpeace
Intel introduces the microprocessor for micro-computers. The 4004 chip
Ray Tomlinson sends the first e-mail.
Libertarian party established in USA
First Concorde test flights
Free City of Christiania is founded.
Year in topic
1971 in film
The French Connection
A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick
Fiddler on the Roof
Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood
The French Connection by William Friedkin
1971 in literature
1971 in music
John Lennon recorded Imagine
1971 in sports
1971 in television
January 10 - Masterpiece Theatre debuts on PBS
All in the Family premieres January 12 on TV
January 11 - Mary J. Blige, pop singer
January 17 - Kid Rock, singer
January 19 - Shawn Wayans, actor, writer, producer
February 3 - Sarah Kane, playwright
February 17 - Denise Richards.
February 25 - Sean Astin, actor
February 26 - Erykah Badu, singer
March 5 - John Frusciante, musician, former member of Red Hot Chili Peppers
March 11 - Johnny Knoxville, ("Jackass"), television personality
March 27 - David Coulthard, Formula One racing driver
March 31 - Ewan McGregor, actor
March 31 - Pavel Bure, ice hockey player
April 1 - Method Man, musician
April 17- Selena Quintanilla, famous Mexican-American tejano music singer († 1995)
May 17 - Máxima Zorreguieta, wife of Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
May 25 - Sonya Smith, actress
June 16 - Tupac Shakur, rapper, poet, actor († 1996)
June 22 - Kurt Warner, two-time NFL MVP
July 22 - Kristine Lilly, American soccer star; all-time leader in international matches played (men or women)
August 4 - Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racing driver
August 12 - Pete Sampras, tennis player
September 1 - Hakan Sükür, Turkish football star
September 18 - Lance Armstrong, cyclist, five-time Tour de France winner
September 20 - Henrik Larsson, Swedish football star
October 25 - Pedro Martínez, baseball pitcher, three-time Cy Young Award winner
October 29 - Winona Ryder, actress
November 25 - Christina Applegate, actress
December 24 - Ricky Martin, singer
December 25 - Dido, singer
January 5 - Douglas Shearer, pioneer motion-picture sound engineer
January 6 -- Sonny Liston (date he was found dead)
January 10 --Gabrielle Chanel, aka Coco Chanel, fashion designer
January 11 - Jose Arigo,"psychic surgeon"
January 20 - Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, actor, director, writer, producer
January 28 - Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst
February 11 - Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director.
February 26 - Fernandel, French comedian
March 8 - Harold Lloyd, silent screen comedian
March 11 - Philo T. Farnsworth, television pioneer
March 16 - Thomas Dewey, candidate for President of the United States in 1944 and 1948
April 6 - Igor Stravinsky, composer
April 21 - Papa Doc Duvalier, despotic President of Haiti.
May 11 - Sean Lemass, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, aged 71
May 15 - Sir Tyrone Guthrie, director, producer, writer
May 19 - Ogden Nash, poet
May 28 - Audie Murphy, WW II hero, actor
June 30 - Viktor Patsayev, Georgi Dobrovolsky, and Vladislav Volkov, cosmonautss on Soyuz 11
July 3 - Jim Morrison, American singer, songwriter and poet.
July 4 - August Derleth, American author and anthologist.
July 7 - Claude Gauvreau, Quebec playwright, poet and polemist
July 7 - Ub Iwerks, American animator.
September 11 -Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, Soviet politician and leader. He was buried without official honors.
September 12 - Bi Lao, China's defense minister. Air crash in suspicious circumstances
October 24 - Carl Ruggles, composer
William F. Albright, American archeologist and Biblical scholar
Physics - Dennis Gabor
Chemistry - Gerhard Herzberg
Medicine - Earl W Sutherland, Jr
Literature - Pablo Neruda
Peace - Willy Brandt
Economics - Simon Kuznets\n