December 1971 calendar

December 1971

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1971: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1971?


  • 01 Dec 1971 2 Gentlemen of Verona opens at St. James Theater NYC for 613 performances
  • 02 Dec 1971 United Arab Emirates, (Trucial States) declares independence from the UK
  • 03 Dec 1971 Miss Teenage America Pageant
  • 04 Dec 1971 The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song ''Smoke on the Water''.
  • 05 Dec 1971 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 06 Dec 1971 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court Justice
  • 07 Dec 1971 Wild andWonderful opens / closes at Lyceum Theater, New York City
  • 08 Dec 1971 U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the 7th Fleet to move towards the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
  • 09 Dec 1971 Ralph J Bunche, United Nations delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at age 67 in New York City, New York.
  • 10 Dec 1971 West German union chancellor W Burns receives Nobel Prize of Peace.
  • 11 Dec 1971 Nihat Erim forms the new government of Turkey (34th government, Nihat Erim had served two times as a prime minister)
  • 13 Dec 1971 John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed
  • 14 Dec 1971 Golden Gate Bridge lights out all night due to power failure
  • 16 Dec 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: The surrender of the Pakistan army brings an end to both conflicts.
  • 17 Dec 1971 Diamonds are Forever premieres in US
  • 18 Dec 1971 1st Candlelight Processional
  • 19 Dec 1971 Inner City opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • 20 Dec 1971 Roy Oliver Disney, co-founder of Walt Disney Company, dies of a massive brain hemorrhage, at age 78.
  • 22 Dec 1971 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks / College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Dec 1971 Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke (found ten days later).
  • 25 Dec 1971 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) form Jesse Jackson
  • 28 Dec 1971 Hasj falls from now on under (neath) the Opiumwet
  • 29 Dec 1971 The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.
  • 30 Dec 1971 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (New York Islanders).
  • 31 Dec 1971 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Dec 1971 Purge of Croatian Spring leaders starts in Yugoslavia at the meeting of the League of Communists at the Karađorđevo estate.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Family Affair
  2. - Brand New Key
  3. - Theme From Shaft
  4. - American Pie (Parts 1 and 2)
  5. - Baby I'm-A Want You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
  2. - Grandad
  3. - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
  4. - Jeepster
  5. - I Hear You Knocking


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1971?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist


The Exorcist was originally published in 1971. It is now a major TV series on FOX. It is still one of the most controversial novels and became a literary sensation. It spent 47 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller …

Message From Malaga by Helen MacInnes

Message From Malaga


"The delay in Malaga's delivery of the message could have been catastrophic. It was an irreparable loss, an agent had died. "Under

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War


The author of Herman Wouk's epic historical fiction of World War II is a masterpiece in historical fiction. His story immerses us into the lives of one family, who finds themselves at the center of the war's chaos.

Without Marx Or Jesus by Jean-Francois Revel

Without Marx Or Jesus


Jean-Francois Revel, a French journalist, shows us the American social movements in the turbulent 1960's and early 1970's.

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.