Top News Stories from 1971
- A military junta led by Major General Idi Amin siezes power in Uganda (Jan. 25).
- Mao Zedong invites the US ping-pong team to visit Beijing (Apr. 6).
- Nixon ends the US trade embargo against China. (Apr. 14).
- Erich Honecker assumes leadership of the East German Communist Party after Walter Ulbricht's resignation (May).
- India and the USSR sign a 20-year friendship pact (Aug. 9).
- President Mobutu renames the Democratic Republic of Congo, establishing Zaire (Oct. 27).
- US Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation (April 20).
- Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington (May 3)police and military units arrest as many as 12,000; most are later released.
- Pentagon Papers published (June 13).
- Twenty-sixth Amendment to US Constitution lowers voting age to 18. (June 30).
Baltimore d. Dallas(16-13)
Pittsburgh d. Baltimore(4-3)
Milwaukee d. Baltimore Bullets(4-0)
Montreal d. Chicago(4-3)
Evonne Goolagong d. M. Court(6-4 6-1)
John Newcombe d. S. Smith(6-3 5-7 2-6 6-4 6-4)
Kentucky Derby ChampionCanonero II
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipUCLA d. Villanova
NCAA Football ChampionsNebraska (13-0-0)
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer Prizes
"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon and Garfunkel
- All in the Family debuts on CBS and introduces a trend in socially conscious programming.
- Jim Morrison dies in Paris at age 27. (July 3).
- The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident at age 24. (Oct. 29).
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C. with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
- A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection, The Last Picture Show, Fiddler on the Roof, McCabe & Mrs. Miller
- E.M. Forster, Maurice
- John Hawkes, Blood Oranges
- Frank O'Hara, The Collected Poems
- Bernard Malamud, The Tenants
- Cynthia Ozick, The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories
- Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Nobel Prizes in Science
Julius Axelrod (US), Ulf S. von Euler (Sweden), and Sir Bernard Katz (UK), for studies of how nerve impulses are transmitted within the body
- Intel introduces the microprocessor. Background: Computers and Internet
- Cho Hao Li synthesizes the growth hormone somatotropin. Background: Health & Nutrition
- Mariner IX, orbitting Mars, takes revealing pictures of the planet's surface. Background: US Unstaffed Planetary and Lunar Programs