October 1971 calendar

October 1971

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1971?


  • 01 Oct 1971 Joseph Luns becomes Secretary General of NATO
  • 02 Oct 1971 Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race.
  • 03 Oct 1971 Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000.
  • 04 Oct 1971 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Oct 1971 Disney World opens in Orlando
  • 08 Oct 1971 John Lennon releases his megahit Imagine
  • 09 Oct 1971 Japans Emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands
  • 10 Oct 1971 5th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Pride wins
  • 11 Oct 1971 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte
  • 12 Oct 1971 Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 711 performances
  • 13 Oct 1971 1st World Series night game
  • 14 Oct 1971 John andYoko appear on Dick Cavett Show
  • 15 Oct 1971 The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • 16 Oct 1971 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in San Francisco, California.
  • 17 Oct 1971 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
  • 18 Oct 1971 In New York City, the Knapp Commission begins public hearings on police corruption.
  • 19 Oct 1971 Last issue of Look magazine is published
  • 20 Oct 1971 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 21 Oct 1971 To Live Another Summer opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 173 performances
  • 23 Oct 1971 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (ABC) begins
  • 24 Oct 1971 Texas Stadium opens - Dallas Cowboys beat New England Patriots 44-21.
  • 25 Oct 1971 Belgium and China PR establish diplomatic relations
  • 26 Oct 1971 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • 27 Oct 1971 Steve Garvey weds Cynthia Truhan
  • 28 Oct 1971 John andYoko record Happy Xmas (War is Over) in New York City
  • 29 Oct 1971 The NBC TV network airs the TV special Grand Opening of Walt Disney World. Approximately 52 million people in the US view the 90-minute show.
  • 30 Oct 1971 Rev. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party is founded in Northern Ireland.
  • 31 Oct 1971 On the Town opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 02 Oct 1971 South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu is re-elected in a one-man election.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Maggie May
  2. - Go Away Little Girl
  3. - Superstar
  4. - Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
  5. - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Maggie May / Reason To Believe
  2. - Coz I Luv You
  3. - Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
  4. - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
  5. - The Witch Queen Of New Orleans


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1971?

America, Inc by Morton Mintz and Jerry S. Cohen

America, Inc


This well-documented expose' exposes the incorpored rulers of the United States, and indeed of much of the globe. They are private governments that function as well as legitimate public authorities, it is revealed.

The Drifters by James A. Michener

The Drifters


James A. Michener, the acclaimed novelist, presents a poignant and powerful story about a disenchanted youth in Vietnam during this era.

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 …

Madame by Patrick O'Higgins



Helena Rubinstein's 367-page softback or paperback biography.

The Tenants by Bernard Malamud

The Tenants


Harry Lesser, the last tenant left in a New York tenement condemned, struggles against increasing panic and increasing odds to finish the novel he began ten years ago.