1971 in History – What happened in year 1971

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1971 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1971.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1971 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 januaryAt Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland, 66 people were killed in astampede during an Old Firm football match.
22 januaryThe Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations,was issued.
25 januaryIdi Amin Dada seized power in a military coup d'état from President Milton Obote, beginning eight years of military rule in Uganda.
31 januaryThe Vietnam Veterans Against the War opened the Winter SoldierInvestigation, a three-day media event to publicize war crimes and otheratrocities by American forces and their allies during the Vietnam War.
02 februaryThe international Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands was signed in Ramsar, Mazandaran,Iran.
09 februaryA 6.6 Mw earthquake struck the northern San Fernando Valley near the Los Angeles district of Sylmar, killing 65 people.
21 februaryThe Convention on Psychotropic Substances, a United Nationstreaty designed to control psychoactive drugs, was signed at aconference of plenipotentiaries in Vienna.
19 marchEastern Naval Command's submarine base INS Virbahu was commissioned on May 19, 1971 in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was the first submarine station of India and Commander K.S. Subramanian was its first commanding officer.
19 marchMars 2, an unmanned space probe of Mars Program, was launched on May 19, 1971 by Soviet Union. The Lander of Mars 2 became the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
03 aprilThe Japanese to kusatsu television series Kamen Rider premiered, marking the beginning of the long-running Kamen Rider franchise.
05 aprilApollo 14, 3rd U.S. manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hours.
17 aprilPeople’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed in 1971. The movement was led by Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman.
18 april220 runs were scored by Sunil Gavasker in the second innings against West Indies. He had scored 124 runs in the first.
22 aprilSoyuz 10 was launched.
19 mayEastern Naval Command's submarine base INS Virbahu was commissioned on May 19, 1971 in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was the first submarine station of India and Commander K.S. Subramanian was its first commanding officer.
30 mayMariner program: Mariner 9 was launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars. Mariner 9 was an unmanned NASA space probe that contributed greatly to the exploration of Mars and was part of the Mariner program.
06 juneThe battle of Battle of Long Khanh began. The battle was fought between Australian and Vietnamese communist forces. This battle took place during Vietnamese war.
06 juneSoyuz 11 was launched during Soyuz program. It was a manned mission operated to on board the crew t space station. The mission failed due to problems and resulted in death of all 3 crew members.
06 juneVietnam War-The Australian Army attacked a heavily fortifiedVietnamese communist forces base camp in the Battle of Long Khanh.
13 juneThe New York Times began to publish the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page top-secret United States Department of Defense history of the nation's political and military involvement in the Vietnam War.
30 juneThe Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft suffered an uncontrolleddecompression during preparations for reentry, killing cosmonautsVladislav Volkov, Georgiy Dobrovolskiy and Viktor Patsayev—the onlyhuman deaths to occur in space.
12 julyThe Australian Aboriginal Flag, one of the official flags ofAustralia, was flown for the first time.
01 augustAstronauts James Irwin and David Scottcame across a rock called Genesis rock during a moon safari on 'lunar rover'. It is assumed to be roughly 4,500 million years old.
09 augustThe Troubles-British authorities began arresting and interning people accused of being republican paramilitary members.
13 septemberFollowing a failed coup attempt, Mao Zedong's second-in-commandLin Biao died in a plane crash while attempting to flee the People'sRepublic of China.
20 septemberHurricane Irene departed Nicaraguato become the first known tropical cyclone to successfully cross fromthe Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.
25 octoberThe Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan was expelled while the UN recognizes the People’s Republic of China.
25 octoberThe UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758, replacing theRepublic of China with the People's Republic of China as China'srepresentative at the United Nations.
27 octoberThe DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) has been rechristened Zaire.
28 octoberIn a first, Britain launches a satellite atop a British rocket. The satellite, called Prospero has been launched into the Earth’s lower orbit, mounted on a Black Arrow carrier rocket.


Famous birthdays in the year 1971:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 DecemberFrancesco Toldo / Footballer / Italy
10 JuneBobby Jindal / Politician / United States of America
11 NovemberDavid DeLuise / Actor / United States of America
11 February Damian Lewis / Actor / United Kingdom
13 AprilValensia / Singer / Netherlands
17 AugustUhm Jung-hwa / Singer / South Korea
18 March Wayne Arthurs / Tennis Player / Australia
18 February Merritt Gant / Guitarist / United States of America
20 AprilAllan Houston / Basketball Player / United States of America
20 JuneBrandon Lewis / Politician / United Kingdom
20 NovemberDion Nash / Cricketer / New Zealand
20 SeptemberDominika Peczynski / Singer / Sweden
21 March Zsolt Kürtösi / Decathlete / Hungary
23 JuneFélix Potvin / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
23 JulyDalvin DeGrate / Producer / United States of America
24 NovemberCosmas Ndeti / Runner / Kenya
25 SeptemberSeb Sanders / Jockey / United Kingdom
25 March Sheryl Swoopes / Basketball Player / United States of America
27 AugustAygül Özkan / Politician / Germany
30 MayIdina Menzel / Actress / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1971:

YearName / Profession / Country
04 NovemberTabu / Actress / India
14 NovemberVikas Khanna / Author / India
10 NovemberChetanya Adib / Actor / India
18 JulySukhwinder Singh / Actor / India
30 MayResul Pookutty / Sound Editor / India
18 DecemberBarkha Dutt / Journalist / India
01 February Ajay Jadeja / Cricketer / India
NA NAKabir Khan / Director / India
06 SeptemberDevang Gandhi / Cricketer / India
14 JulyMadhu Sapre / Actress / India
25 DecemberSantosh George / Writer / India
22 DecemberAjeenkya Patil / Academic / India
01 January Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia / Politician / India
06 JanuaryMadhu Koda / Politician / India
10 MayMonisha Kaltenborn / Lawyer / India
02 DecemberKashmira Shah / Actress / India
07 NovemberTrivikram Srinivas / Writer / India
10 MayMonisha Kaltenborn / Lawyer / India
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