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1971 Historical Event(s)
- January 27, 1971 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Pig in Chinese astrology.
- February 13, 1971 – Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
- February 26, 1971 – U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
- April 19, 1971 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.
- July 5, 1971 – Right to vote: the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
- July 26, 1971 – Apollo Program: launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo “J-Mission”, and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
- September 3, 1971 – Qatar becomes an independent state
- October 21, 1971 – A gas explosion kills 22 people at a shopping centre in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland.
- 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 13, 1971 – The American space probe, Mariner 9, becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet successfully, swinging into its planned trajectory around Mars.
Who Were Born On 1971?
- January 9, 1971 – Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
- January 25, 1971 – Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
- March 7, 1971 – Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
- June 1, 1971 – Mario Cimarro, Cuban actor and singer
- July 3, 1971 – Julian Assange, Australian journalist, publisher and Internet activist
- July 4, 1971 – Ned Zelic, Australian soccer player
- September 21, 1971 – Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor
- September 27, 1971 – Li Yapeng, Chinese actor
- October 24, 1971 – Caprice Bourret, American model and actress
- November 3, 1971 – Dylan Moran, Irish comedian