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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 11, 1971 – Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
- April 5, 1971 – In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
- June 6, 1971 – A midair collision between a Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9 jetliner and a United States Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter near Duarte, California claims 50 lives.
- June 7, 1971 – The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service raids the home of Ken Ballew for illegal possession of hand grenades, which all turn out to be inert or dummies.
- June 13, 1971 – Vietnam War: The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers.
- June 17, 1971 – President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
- September 13, 1971 – People’s Republic of China: Chairman Mao Zedong’s second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees the country via plane after the failure of alleged coup against Mao. The plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.
- September 21, 1971 – Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations.
- November 10, 1971 – In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack the city of Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine aircraft.
Who Were Born On 1971?
- January 23, 1971 – Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
- March 15, 1971 – Joanne Wise, English long jumper
- April 14, 1971 – Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer
- July 1, 1971 – Steven W. Bailey, American actor
- July 17, 1971 – Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
- September 17, 1971 – Adriana Sklenaříková, Slovak supermodel
- October 6, 1971 – Lola Dueñas, Spanish actress
- October 22, 1971 – Kornel David, Hungarian basketball player
- December 24, 1971 – Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer