February 1971 calendar

February 1971

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1971?


  • 02 Feb 1971 Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
  • 03 Feb 1971 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 04 Feb 1971 Apollo 14 lander Antares lands on Moon
  • 05 Feb 1971 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hours
  • 06 Feb 1971 First time a golf ball is hit on the Moon (by Alan Shepard).
  • 07 Feb 1971 Swiss men accept female suffrage
  • 08 Feb 1971 South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try and cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
  • 09 Feb 1971 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • 10 Feb 1971 Bill White becomes 1st black baseball announcer
  • 11 Feb 1971 Montreal Canadiens' John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal.
  • 13 Feb 1971 Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
  • 14 Feb 1971 Movie Ben Hur 1st shown on television
  • 15 Feb 1971 The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • 16 Feb 1971 In Italy, a local parliament elects the city of Catanzaro as the capital of Calabria residents of Reggio di Calabria riot for 5 days because of the decision.
  • 19 Feb 1971 Paul McCartney releases Another Day in the UK
  • 20 Feb 1971 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio and TV stations to go off the air; the mistake isn't resolved for 30 minutes.
  • 21 Feb 1971 Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 117.
  • 22 Feb 1971 Lieutenant General Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria.
  • 23 Feb 1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
  • 24 Feb 1971 Algeria nationalizes French oil companies.
  • 25 Feb 1971 Oh! Calcutta! opens at Belasco Theater in New York City for 1,316 performances.
  • 26 Feb 1971 U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 28 Feb 1971 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National. Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam.

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Music charts

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

  1. - Knock Three Times
  2. - One Bad Apple
  3. - Mama's Pearl
  4. - My Sweet Lord
  5. - Rose Garden

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - My Sweet Lord
  2. - Baby Jump
  3. - Pushbike Song
  4. - Another Day
  5. - Stoned Love


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 1971

Directed by: Moshcam

Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Release year: 1971

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Country: United States of America

Max et les ferrailleurs

Max et les ferrailleurs

Release year: 1971

Directed by: Claude Sautet

Starring: Danielle Durou, Alain Belard, Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

Release year: 1971

Directed by: Norman Lear

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton

The Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

Release year: 1971

Directed by: Laslo Benedek

Starring: Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson


Which were the most popular books released in February 1971?
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The Antagonists by Ernest K. Gann

The Antagonists



Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

Rich Man, Poor Man


Paperback with TV tie-ins

The Making Of A Surgeon by William A. Nolen

The Making Of A Surgeon


The Making of a Surgeon tells the story of an apprentice. William Nolen tells the story of his transformation as a student into a practitioner. He was a bold medical school graduate who became a skilled surgeon.

Inside The Third Reich by Albert Speer

Inside The Third Reich


Speer, Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production, is brutally incarcerated. He was the man who kept Germany armed and the war machine going even after Hitler's mythology had died.

God Is An Englishman by R.F. Delderfield

God Is An Englishman


This bestseller is set in Victorian commerce and follows Adam Swann's fortunes. He is a son of an Army family veteran of the Crimea campaigns.