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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