1971 – A legendary year! Where were you?

1971 was a big year for those who are over 60 today.  A lot happened and it is fun to

1971 was a big year for those who are over 60 today.  A lot happened and it is fun to look back and reflect upon it together.  

A whole heap of notable events happened in 1971. Where were you?
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards was held in 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles in the United States. Patton won the Oscar for Best Picture. George C. Scott won the Oscar for Best Actor for Patton but became the first actor in history to refuse the award. British Actress Glenda Jackson won the Oscar for Best Actress for Women in Love.

Queen and the Eagles were formed in 1971.

A ban on radio and television adverts for cigarettes went into effect on the 1st of January 1971 in the United States.

The first ever One Day International Cricket match between Australia and England was played in 1971.

The Aswan Dam was officially opened in Egypt in 1971.

In the United Kingdom, the vehicle manufacturer Rolls Royce went bankrupt and was nationalized

Apollo 14 landed on the moon in 1971.

The Nasdaq index made its debut in 1971 on Wall Street in the United States. 

The daredevil, Evel Knievel set a world record by jumping over 19 cars in 1971.

The infamous Ed Sullivan show aired it last episode in the United States in 1971.

In April 1971 500,000 people in Washington DC and 125,000 people in San Fransisco marched to protest against the Vietnam War. In the same year The Harris Poll claimed that 60% of Americans were against the war.

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors was found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France in 1971.
Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to enter Mars orbit successfully in 1971.

The Intel 4004 (the world’s first microprocessor) was launched by Intel in 1971. Texas Instruments released the first pocket calculator in 1971. The first soft contact lens became available commercially in the United States in 1971. The UNIX Programmer’s manual was published in 1971.

A Clockwork Orange (a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Malcolm Mcdowell), Dirty Harry (starring Clint Eastwood), The French Connection (starring Gene Hackman), Diamonds are Forever (the lastJames Bond film featuring Sean Connery), Shaft (starring Richard Rowntree), Klute (starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland), Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Fists of Fury (starring Bruce Lee) was released in cinemas in 1971.

Where were you?  Tell us your story.  

  1. Robin Henry  

    Nineteen Seventy One was a big year for me too. I completed a stint in the Royal Australian Air Force and headed to Tasmania where I began a new job with the Tasmania Police.

    The year ended a day before I met the woman who was to become my wife, mother of our two children, and lifetime companion. We both worked shift work on New Years Eve, she at the Royal Hobart Hospital and I in the Traffic Branch. A large group of nurses, doctors and police got together for a New Years Eve celebration on 1 Jan 1972 which is where we first met.

    It’s amazing where life takes us.

  2. Greg Hills  

    1971. Still living at home with my parents, although I did only turn 18 in August of that year. It was my second year of my new full time “career” job in the banking industry (Commonwealth Bank before it was privatised, and way before its takeover of the failed State Bank of Victoria).
    I remember watching all the above mentioned movies – either at the local picture theatre or after I got my licence the local drive-in theatre.
    No girlfriends on the horizen, but maybe a crush or two!

  3. Catherine  

    I was nineteen and that was the year I married my best friend – 45 years now and still going.

  4. I was living at Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia in 1971 with my husband and infant daughter. She had her 2nd birthday celebrated with little cousin and a couple of friends.An eight year drought broke tat year and young children had never experienced rain, they had only experienced dust storms that at times made vision impossible, screening vision with a wall of dust, much as is with a snow storm. Lake Moondarah filled with water and became popular once again for picnics and water sports.
    My little daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness, however recovered after being ill for 10 months.
    I had my 21st birthday, dinner with a couple of friends. I became pregnant with our second daughter. I remember seeing the following movies; A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, Shaft,
    Kluge and Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Seen most at the drive in or Star Cinema.
    We never had television, that was unaffordable for us, we saved to buy a portable airconditioner. We also invested into buying a used car, a green Holden. I made my first patchwork quilt. I became an Avon consultant. We
    We in Queensland experienced the trial of Daylight Saving, I loved it however the majority voted against it.

  5. Dave Woosnam  

    Hi I emigrated from Mid Wales to Aus Leaving on St Valentines day and landing in Sydney on March 16
    I Left either the day or two days before Britain changed to decimal currency ,(Can,t belief they still use miles as road distances)
    Started my first job 4 days later at Jemalong Dairy near Forbes after a sleepless night on the Forbes Mail train

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