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Major Events of 1971

1971 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXI) was the 71st year of the 20th century. 1971 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1971.
News Events of 1971

Intel introduces the 4004, the first microprocessor.

Decimal Day: UK and Ireland switch to decimal currencies.

Indo-Pakistan war. East Pakistan becomes the separate state of Bangladesh.

Concert for Bangladesh.

First (and last) British launched satellite, "Prospero", launched from Woomera, Australia.

Idi Amin overthrows Ugandan President, Milton Obote.

Bahrain independent from UK.

Inoue Daisuke invents the the Karaoke machine.


Libertarian Party of the United States formed.

IBM introduces the first floppy disk drives (using 8 inch disks).

5¼ inch Floppy Disk

Hafez al-Assad becomes President of Syria.

Hafez al-Assad

New York Times starts publishes the "Pentagon Papers" about the Vietnam war.

Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, appoints Prince Juan Carlos as his successor.

Francisco Franco

Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida.

UK gives up its military bases in Malta.

US voting age lowered from 21 to 18 (26th Amendment).

USSR launches Salyut I, the first space station.

Sports in 1971

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