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1971 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 1971 – The first One Day International cricket match is held between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
- January 8, 1971 – Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
- January 27, 1971 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
- May 1, 1971 – Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
- May 30, 1971 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
- August 27, 1971 – An attempted coup fails in the African nation of Chad. The Government of Chad accuses Egypt of playing a role in the attempt and breaks off diplomatic relations.
- September 3, 1971 – Qatar becomes an independent state
- October 27, 1971 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
- November 21, 1971 – Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.
- December 16, 1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.
Who Were Born On 1971?
- April 2, 1971 – Elton, German comedian
- April 14, 1971 – Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer
- May 19, 1971 – Ross Katz, American film producer
- June 24, 1971 – Christopher Showerman, American actor
- July 8, 1971 – Neil Jenkins, Welsh rugby player
- July 25, 1971 – Chloë Annett, British actress
- September 8, 1971 – Pierre Sévigny, French-Canadian ice hockey player
- November 8, 1971 – Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director
- November 15, 1971 – Jay Harrington, American actor
- November 19, 1971 – Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer