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1971 Historical Event(s)
- January 12, 1971 – The Harrisburg Seven: The Reverend Philip Berrigan and five others are indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.
- January 27, 1971 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
- February 9, 1971 – The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
- April 10, 1971 – Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
- April 19, 1971 – Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
- August 10, 1971 – The Society for American Baseball Research is founded in Cooperstown, New York.
- October 28, 1971 – Britain launches the satellite Prospero into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, the only British satellite to date launched by a British rocket.
- November 6, 1971 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission tests the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
- November 24, 1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
- November 27, 1971 – The Soviet space program’s Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
Who Were Born On 1971?
- February 15, 1971 – Ray Sefo, New Zealand kickboxer
- February 17, 1971 – SaRenna Lee, American pornographic actress
- April 9, 1971 – Leo Fortune-West, English footballer
- April 20, 1971 – Allan Houston, American basketball player
- June 5, 1971 – Miyuki Komatsu, Japanese actress
- July 4, 1971 – Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player
- July 20, 1971 – Charles Johnson, American baseball player
- November 26, 1971 – Ronald “Winky” Wright, American boxer
- December 1, 1971 – Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee, Mongolian professional wrestler
- December 26, 1971 – Jonathan M. Parisen, American film director