Information for the Year 1971
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- A military junta led by Major General Idi Amin siezes power in Uganda (Jan. 25).
- Mao Zedong invites the US ping-pong team to visit Beijing (Apr. 6).
- Nixon ends the US trade embargo against China. (Apr. 14).
- Erich Honecker assumes leadership of the East German Communist Party after Walter Ulbricht's resignation (May).
- India and the USSR sign a 20-year friendship pact (Aug. 9).
- President Mobutu renames the Democratic Republic of Congo, establishing Zaire (Oct. 27).
- Population: 3.783 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Willy Brandt (West Germany)
- US Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation (April 20).
- Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington (May 3)—police and military units arrest as many as 12,000; most are later released.
- Pentagon Papers published (June 13).
- Twenty-sixth Amendment to US Constitution lowers voting age to 18. (June 30).
- President: Richard M. Nixon
- Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
- Population: 207,660,677
- Life expectancy: 71.1 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,125.40 billion
- Federal spending: $210.17 billion
- Federal debt: $408.2 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars):$9,028
- Consumer Price Index: 40.5
- Unemployment: 4.9%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06 ($0.08 as of 5/16/71)
- Super Bowl Baltimore Colts defeated Dallas Cowboys(SCORE 16-13)
- World Series of Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Baltimore Orioles
- National Basketball Association Championship Milwaukee defeated Baltimore Bullets
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens defeated Chicago Blackhawks
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Evonne Goolagong defeated M. Court (6-4 6-1)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis John Newcombe defeated S. Smith (6-3 5-7 2-6 6-4 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Canonero II
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship UCLA defeated Villanova (SCORE 68-62)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Nebraska (RECORD 13-0-0)
- All in the Family debuts on CBS and introduces a trend in socially conscious programming.
- Jim Morrison dies in Paris at age 27. (July 3).
- The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident at age 24. (Oct. 29)
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C. with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Patton
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy All In The Family - CBS
- Miss America: Phyllis Ann George (Texas)
- Intel introduces the microprocessor.
- Mariner IX, orbitting Mars, takes revealing pictures of the planet's surface.
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