May 1971 calendar

May 1971

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1971?


  • 01 May 1971 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • 02 May 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 03 May 1971 All Things Considered premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • 05 May 1971 Earl of Ruston opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 06 May 1971 The Ceylon government begins a major offensive against the People's Liberation Front.
  • 08 May 1971 Earl of Ruston closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 09 May 1971 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman and Jean Stapleton
  • 10 May 1971 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • 12 May 1971 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger weds Bianca Macias at St. Tropez Town Hall
  • 13 May 1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • 15 May 1971 70, Girls, 70 closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 16 May 1971 1st class postage now costs 8 cents
  • 17 May 1971 Washington State bans sex discrimination.
  • 18 May 1971 Vampire rapist Wayne Bodens last victim found
  • 19 May 1971 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • 20 May 1971 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • 21 May 1971 Chelsea wins 11th Europe Cup II in Athens, Greece.
  • 22 May 1971 An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey ampndash more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.
  • 23 May 1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale.
  • 24 May 1971 A commuter bus plunges into Panam� Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard.
  • 27 May 1971 UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship.
  • 28 May 1971 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album Ram
  • 29 May 1971 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61
  • 30 May 1971 US Mariner 9 launched (first satellite to orbit Mars).
  • 31 May 1971 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 May 1971 Erich Honecker becomes First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, remaining in power until 1989.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Joy To The World
  2. - Brown Sugar
  3. - Put Your Hand In The Hand
  4. - Never Can Say Goodbye
  5. - What's Going On

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Knock Three Times
  2. - Brown Sugar / Bitch / Let It Rock
  3. - Double Barrel
  4. - Indiana Wants Me
  5. - It Don't Come Easy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1971?

Listening To America by Bill Moyers

Listening To America


This book shows a snapshot of America in 1970. It includes a series written portraits of people from all walks, including doctors, street people, and the unemployed.

Civilisation by Kenneth Clark



Civilisation - 48 pages in full colour

Passenger To Frankfurt by Agatha Christie

Passenger To Frankfurt


Harper Collins is now the Queen of Mystery! Agatha Christie is the acknowledged mistress suspense--creator and indomitable sleuth Miss Marple as well as meticulous Belgian detective Hercule poirot and many other memorable characters

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.