August 1971 calendar

August 1971

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1971.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1971: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1971?


  • 01 Aug 1971 Bangladesh refugee concert with George Harrison
  • 02 Aug 1971 JCPenney debuts its trademark Helvetica wordmark which has been used ever since.
  • 03 Aug 1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his group Wings.
  • 04 Aug 1971 US launches first satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft.
  • 05 Aug 1971 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Aug 1971 A lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed.
  • 07 Aug 1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth.
  • 08 Aug 1971 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • 09 Aug 1971 The Troubles: The British security forces in Northern Ireland launch Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that follows.
  • 10 Aug 1971 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • 11 Aug 1971 Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
  • 12 Aug 1971 Syriam President Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • 13 Aug 1971 Paul and Linda McCartney release Back Seat of My Car
  • 14 Aug 1971 Cards Bob Gibson, 35, no-hits Pirates, 11-0
  • 15 Aug 1971 Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 18 Aug 1971 Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 19 Aug 1971 August 22 ampndash A right-wing coup ignites a rebellion in Bolivia. Miners and students join troops to support president Juan Jose Torres, but eventually Hugo Banzer takes over.
  • 20 Aug 1971 FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr.
  • 21 Aug 1971 A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 22 Aug 1971 Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, President Torres driven out
  • 23 Aug 1971 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Aug 1971 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
  • 26 Aug 1971 Dutch Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • 27 Aug 1971 An attempted coup d'état 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.
  • 30 Aug 1971 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 31 Aug 1971 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon
  • 01 Aug 1971 The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1971?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - You've Got A Friend
  2. - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
  3. - Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)
  4. - Mr. Big Stuff
  5. - Take Me Home, Country Roads

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I'm Still Waiting
  2. - Never Ending Song Of Love
  3. - Get It On
  4. - Devil's Answer
  5. - In My Own Time


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1971?

The Gift Horse by Hildegard Knef

The Gift Horse


Rates fine/near mint jacket because it is price-clipped, otherwise best copy, first edition, first printing jacket in mylar

The Greening Of America by Charles Reich

The Greening Of America


25 Years of Groundbreaking Classic. "If there were any doubts about the necessity of social transformation in 1970 I, it is now clear and urgent I

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar


The Bell Jar is about Esther Greenwood's crack-up. She was brilliant, beautiful, incredibly talented, and slowly falling apart -- perhaps for the last time.

The Shadow Of The Lynx by Victoria Holt

The Shadow Of The Lynx


Nora Tamsin was fascinated at Charles Herrick's ruthlessness, but she realized that he deserved the name "The Lynx". His love for her was both overwhelming and terrifying.

Living Well Is The Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins

Living Well Is The Best Revenge


Living Well Is The Best Revenge was first published in 1971. It is now available for younger generations with a new introduction from the author.