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New Kind Of Sitcom Debuts: "All In The Family"

George Harrison "Bangladesh" Concert

Brian's Song Tops TV Ratings

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World Disney World Opens Florida

Air Hijacker D.B. Cooper

Cigarette Commercials Disappear From Radio & TV

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Boxing: Frazier Clobbers Ali In Upset

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Curt Flood Baseball Case

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"My Sweet Lord" - George Harrison 

paul mccartney beatles news january 1971 trivia facts timeline mrpopcultureJanuaryPaul McCartney moves for a legal split from his fellow Beatles and a division of their fortune - estimated to be $100 million. The breakup of the British pop group, which has been pending for months, finally became reality with a suit filed by McCartney in the High Court. The other three Beatles were name as defendants along with Apple Corps. Ltd., the group’s business organization. McCartney asked for the legal termination of the partnership and also demanded the appointment of a receiver to deal with the Beatles’ assets… Debuting this week - “All in the Family” On CBS-TV - a new kind of TV comedy… (Debut) The New Andy Griffith Show – Andy becomes mayor of a small town! Lee Meriwether co- stars. On ABC-TV…  Attorney David Hirst says the Beatles are a million dollars in the red and their accounts were in such “lamentable shape,” that all four singers, plus their company, might be unable to meet their tax commitments. Hirst represents Beatle Paul McCartney… Pearl” - just released by Columbia records was the album Janis Joplin was working on last fall at the time of her death… Burt Bacharach will headline his own special featuring an all-star guest cast on March 14 on CBS. On the show will be Barbara Streisand, Tom Jones and ballet star Rudolf Nureyev… Tickets are in demand for Elvis Presley’s fourth appearance at the International in Las Vegas. So far, 100,000 persons have jammed into the hotel’s 2,000-seat showroom international…

"One Bad Apple" - The Osmonds

creedence clearwater revival tom fogerty 1971 music news timeline mrpopcultureFebruary - Florence Ballard - one of the three original Supremes, files an $8.5 million suit against the group and record label, charging they “secretly, subversively and maliciously” ousted her from the trio…. Rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty announces that he is leaving Creedence Clearwater Revival - one of the world’s best selling rock bands, because he wants to quit touring and devote more time to his wife and four children… Grand Funk Railroad earns some $40,000 a concert and sold 10 million albums last year. The trio from Flint, Michigan earned $5 million in 1970 and according to manager Terry Knight, should earn twice that this year! Terry Knight (27) is the mastermind behind the group - guitarist Mark Farmer, bassist Mel Schacher and drummer Don Brewer... CBS says “Ben-Hur” - broadcast an entire Sunday night - was the highest in audience of any motion picture airing on network TV (so far). Nielsen ratings for the week ending Feb. 14 - the movie scored a 37.1 rating/56 share

"Rose Garden" - Lynn Anderson

March - On Tuesday night - Desi Arnaz dad and son appear on Merv Griffin. And on rival Dick Cavett - Lucille Ball and her daughter - Lucie Arnaz…  Lesley Ann Warren asks for and is granted a release from her contract as a regular on “Mission: frank sinatra february 1971 retirement music timeline trivia mrpopcultureImpossible”… Frank Sinatra (55) announces his retirement from show business. In a letter, the singer said his decision was “final”… President Nixon presents the Medal of Freedom to ailing moviemaker Samuel Goldwyn (88) in Beverly Hills. The president told the audience Goldwyn “proved you could have a movie that was good box office, that was entertainment, that was exciting, that was not dull and still was not dirty”…Paramount Pictures begins shooting the movie version of Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” in New York City. The first scene shot: two characters Christmas shopping in 1945. The city traffic department supplied old lampposts and street signs to go with the studio’s old cars. 150 extras were used…Even though ABC has cancelled “The Lawrence Welk Show,” the show will continue to be produced through syndication. “The Welk Network” will begin after the last show is aired on ABC in early September, so it won’t miss a beat…Grand Funk Railroad just kicked-off a 52-day tour. Every arena has a minimum of 10,000 seats. Opening act is “Bloodrock.” Also touring in the U.S now - “Badfinger” (Peter Ham, Mike Biggons, Tom Evans and Joe Moland). Their current release “No Dice” will be followed by a new album…The Rolling Stones have decided to live in the tiny village of Mougins in France, home of Pablo Picasso on the French Riviera…

13th Annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners

Record of the year - “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Simon and Garfunkel; Album of the Year - “Bridge Over Troubled Water” - Simon and Garfunkel

Song of the year - “Bridge Over Troubled Water” - Simon and Garfunkel

New artist – Carpenters

Film score - “Let It Be” – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Contemporary male vocal - Ray Stevens - “Everything Is Beautiful"

 

Contemporary female vocal - Dionne Warwick - “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”

Contemporary song - “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Paul Simon…

More March 1971 mrtimeline - ABC is dropping the Johnny Cash Show, the Newlywed Game, Lets Make A Deal, Lawrence Welk, the Reel Game, The Young Lawyers, Dan August, That Girl, Make Room For Granddaddy, Pearl Bailey Show and Monday Night at the Movies… Walter Cronkite will do a Saturday show for Children over CBS-TV. “You Are There” …

Carpenters - "For All We Know"

April - The Carpenters “For All We Know” was not written for them either.. The song is featured in “Lovers and Other Strangers.” The brother and sister team’s last three singles passed the $1 million sales mark…”Masterpiece Theater” debuts on PBS… James Taylor has a brother - Livingston - who also sings. But did you know - he has a sister who has a new album out? Yes - she’s Kate Taylor (21) Her new album is “Sister Kate” on Cotillion records. Unlike James and Livingston, she likes to rock…. In the current issue of Life Magazine, it’s reported that John Lennon’s hiring of Allen Klein as business manager led to the breakup of the Beatles – that according to Paul McCartney. “Klein is incredible,” McCartney said. “He’ll say, ‘Whaddaya want” I’ll buy it for you.’” McCartney said he was force by a previous agreement to sue the other three members of the group rather than Klein and another businessman. “The four of us, I think, still quite like each other”… Hugh Hefner conducts a housewarming party for his new $1 million Playboy Mansion West near Beverly Hills. Attending - such guests as Jon Voight, Peter Lawford, Ryan O’Neal, Jim Brown and of course, Barbie Benton. Marries – diana ross 1971 news tv special motown history music timeline mrpopcultureDino Martin - son of Dean Martin to actress Olivia Hussey…

ABC broadcasts “Diana!” with Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas. It’s produced by Motown Productions. The original TV soundtrack is now available on Motown Records and this is Motown’s first self- produced TV show. Diana Ross is set to star in a $5 million budget production of blues singer Billie Holiday’s life and is clearly being groomed as a superstar….

Diana! - ABC-TV Special

 The Carpenters will be hosts of a new summer series on NBC - “Make Your Own Kind of Music”…

At the 43 rd Annual Academy Awards - some winners:

Best picture - “Patton”

Best actor - George C. Scott - “Patton"

Best actress – Glenda Jackson - “Women in Love”…

More April 1971 mrtimeline -  The Carpenters will be hosts of a new summer series on NBC - "Make Your Own Kind Of Music." Radio news - Frankie Crocker is now the program director at New York’s WLIB-FM. He had been with WMCA and WWRL… 

"Joy To The World (Jerimiah Was A Bullfrog) - 3 Dog Night

mary travers goes solo may 1970 music history facts timelineMay - Mary Travers performs solo for the first time - away from “Peter, Paul & Mary” at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Her first solo album “Mary” has just been released on Warner Brothers Records - the same label the trio stayed on all those years…Marries - Mick Jagger (27) of the Rolling Stones to Bianca Perez Morena de Macias (26) in St. Tropez, France. Guests included Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney… Top Pop Hit Music Single: “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night…. On “American Bandstand” - Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sugarloaf… On NBC Saturday Afternoon - “Album of the Month” and this week - Steppenwolf performs songs from Steppenwolf 7…Concert At the Apollo in Harlem - Robert Flack, Donny Hathaway, Joe Williams and the Cannonball Adderly 5… Sonny and Cher will be star-hosts of a comedy-variety series debuting Aug. 1 on CBS-TV…Underdog “All in the Family’ has shot up into 2 nd place (would have been first except for the Emmy telecast). The show, which debuted to no-so-favorable reviews by TV critics, was #55 in the rankings when it debuted in mid-March...

"Brown Sugar" - Rolling Stones

grand funk railroad shea stadium concert 1971 music history timeline mrpopculture

June - Helen Reddy has her first hit - “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.” She’s an avowed feminist and endorses anything that will encourage women to a greater awareness of themselves…At the Troubadour in Hollywood – Cat Stevens. Also at the Troubadour - Kris Kristofferson. On Bob Dylan’s new single “Watching the River Flow” - you can hear Leon Russell on piano. Columbia Records signs “New Riders of the Purple Sage”… Grand Funk Railroad’s July 9 concert at New York City’s 55,000-seat Shea Stadium is already declared a sell-out. Though an official gross figure is not available, Grand Funk manager Terry Knight had predicted a $306,000 gate…

Top Music Albums - June 1971 - 

Tapestry - Carole King

Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones

4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon - James Taylor

Survival - Grand Funk Railroad

 

Jesus Christ Superstar – soundtrack

Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Carpenters - Carpenters,

Up To Date - Partridge Family

rod serling night gallery tv history 1971 facts timelineMore June 1971 mrtimeline - Promoter Richard Nader and his Rock ‘N Roll show are more popular than ever. His latest edition includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Bo Diddley, the Shirelles, the Drifters, the Five Satins, Gary (U.S.) Bonds and Freddy Cannon. Nader, a little-known disc jockey, began the shows in 1969, when he felt audiences were ripe to see the early acts of the genre….Production is underway of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery which becomes a regular weekly series on NBC this fall…Credence Clearwater Revival returns to the recording studio ending a 7-month absence from making records and an 8-month absence from personal appearances. They are now a trio with the departure of Tom Fogerty, who begins a two-month concert tour next month. The group says a big reason for the layoff was their desire to take a break… Lynda Day , newest member of Mission Impossible is now billing herself as Lynda Day George. Her husband is actor Christopher George…Bill Graham formerly closes the Fillmore East and West. San Francisco’s Fillmore West was opened in 1965 and the New York location was opened in 1968. He cites “music industry of festivals, 20,000-seat halls, miserable production quality and second-rate promoters”… Andy Warhol comes to Hollywood  - on stage with Rock God, Leslie Caron and a cast of “thousands”…

"Mr Big Stuff" - Jean Knight on Soul Train

July - A turnaway crowd of 2,000 paid a farewell to Fillmore West at the corner of market and van Ness in San Francisco. They came to see Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger service and Tower of Power. Bill Graham planned to keep Fillmore West operating during the summer, but a dispute with police following an LSD-sippng incident during one of his concerts at another auditorium “helped me move the date up”…Passing – Jazz great Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong CBS says “60 Minutes” will go to a weekly edition beginning in September. Up until now, it’s been shown twice per month. Look for it on Sunday nights…. Broadway news - “ Fiddler on the Roof ” becomes the longest-running musical on Broadway (so far). This week passes the 2,845th time on Broadway, one more than “Hello Dolly.” “Life With Father” is the longest-running play on Broadway to date - with 8, 224 performances…. Rare Earth joins Sly & The Family Stone at Madison Square Garden in September...Sweathog joins the Black Sabbath tour... The Bee Gees are set to tour the United States  cat stevens 1971 music history news timeline facts mrpopculture imagebeginning July 28… Cat Stevens is unstoppable these days - both in singles and albums. Did you know he originally wrote the hit “Wild World” in the form of a father warning his daughter about the dangers she might face as she leaves home?... Responding to a friend’s appeal for help, George Harrison  gives his first concert in four years. The friend was Ravi Shankar, the Indian maestro of the sitar. The appeal was to help raise money for the millions of refugees who fled to India from East Pakistan or Bangala Desh...

George Harrison Live - Bangala Desh Concert Video

elvis presley las vegas august 1971 facts history music timelineAugust - George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan perform at two sold-out benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden. The concert is to benefit refugees displaced by strife in East Pakistan. Other performers include Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Peter Hamm (from Badfinger), Jim Peltner Ravi Shankar and Klaus Voorman… Elvis Presley opens at the Las Vegas Hilton. At the same time, a four-record set titled “Elvis, the Other Sides - Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Vol. 2” is released. Col Tom Parker says the record set will come with a 2- by-3 inch swatch of Elvis’ wardrobe as a memento – but will only be available on the first 150 thousand albums… Beatle Paul McCartney forms a new group which will feature his wife Linda on piano, Denny Selwell on drums and singer/guitarist Denny Laine. The group has no name as of this time…. Carole King is on concert tour - singing songs from her “Tapestry” album. She’s accompanied by Charlie Larkey, her husband on bass… Murdered – King Kurtis… The Jackson 5 perform at the Hollywood Bowl…

Uncle Albert - Paul & Linda McCartney

September - Elvis Presley announces a concert tour of 12 cities in November. Presley broke his own attendance record during a month’s engagement that ended this week at the Las Vegas Hilton. The tour will begin in Minneapolis on November 5... Singer-songwriter John Denver performs at Doug Weston’s Troubadour on Melrose. Some of the songs he sang - “Follow Me,” and “Sticky Summer Weather” – both his own…

Led Zeppelin Live In Japan - "Immigrant Song" (this month)

More September 1971 Pop - The Rolling Stones sue their former manager Allen Klein for $29 million because he allegedly failed to represent their best financial interests and was “directly or indirectly using his position for his own personal profit, benefit or advantage”.... Jerry Lewis raises $8,125,337 in his annual muscular dystrophy telethon. The event was carried on 121 stations…

Don’t miss the Jackson 5 Goin’ Back to Indiana - an ABC-TV Special on Sunday . Guests include Diana Ross and Bobby Darin…

More September mrtimeline - In Houston, Yoko Ono , wife of Beatle John Lennon - is denied custody of her 8-year-old daughter Kyoko but is granted visitation rights. She’ll be living with her dad - Tony Cox…

"Maggie May" - Rod Stewart

ike and tina rolling stone october 1971 music timeline history mrpopculture imageOctober - Melody Maker says Crosby, Stills Nash & Young (CSNY) is voted top group in the publication’s International section. Other winners - Joni Mitchell, Keith Emerson, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Carl Palmer and Bob Johnston (producer)Charley Pride wins two top prizes at the fifth Country Music Assoc. awards ceremony He was named entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year. “Easy Lovin’” by Freddie Hart was chosen song of the year. “I Won’t Mention It Again” by Ray Price got album of the year. And single of the year “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Sammi Smith. Female vocalist – Lynn Anderson. Top duo - Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner. Group of the year – Osborne Brothers… John and Yoko appear on PBS’ “Free Time” produced at Channel 13, NY…  Ike & Tina Get On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone… It’s estimated that “Davey and Goliath” - usually seen Sunday mornings on television stations coast to coast – has 1.7 million children tuning in each week, according to the Lutheran Church, who jointly produces the program with Clokey Productions…. Bernie Taupin , the lyricist for Elton John,will have his own album out this week. Elton John’s latest album “Mad Man Across the Water” is also released this week…

"Theme From Shaft" - Isaac Hayes

November – “Hee-Haw” - dropped by CBS last year, is thriving in first-run syndication. CBS dropped the show - even though it was #16 in the overall ratings. Similarly, “Lawrence Welk” was dropped by ABC after sixteen years with that network and it is doing well in syndication…

 

george plimpton november 1971 facts history image mrpopcultureMore November 1971 Pop - Don McLean’s “American Pie” is being heard more and more. Released just a few weeks, it’s a rich panorama of the last 10 years in America. Everyone who hears the song, seems to want to piece together its meaning. Looks like a big hit for McLean… George Plimpton - the real life Walter Mitty, is at it again. First, he played with the Detroit Lions in training camp, which was the subject of his book “Paper Lion.” He’s also done acting in TV and a standup comic in Las Vegas. This week, look for Plimpton, this time with the Baltimore Colts in “Plimpton! The Great Quarterback Sneak” on ABC-TV…

 

December “Brian’s Song” - the compassionate tale of the short, happy life of football player Brian Piccolo, receives the highest rating any movie made for television has ever had and higher than any movie shown on the networks this season. “Brian’s Song” drew a 32.9 rating…

barry williams cuts solo single music tv timeline 1971 More December 1971 PopBarry Williams of the “Brady Bunch” has a solo single out - ‘Sweet Sweetheart” and it’s available on Paramount Records. Will it be a hit?... Harry Chapin is signed to Elektra Records. Harry’s “Legendary Champions,” a documentary he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award, while he was writing material for his brothers’ group… Sammy Davis Jr . is signed to play himself in an upcoming “All In The Family.” Davis, a big fan of the show, asked producer Norman Lear to let him guest in an episode. Lear says it isn’t the show’s policy to book big-name guests and that Davis’ appearance will by no means be setting a precedent for future shows…

"Family Affair" - Sly & The Family Stone

 

The Year 1971 In News Headlines And Information 

January 1 – Cigarette commercials disappear from radio and TV (Jan 2, 1971)…President Nixon promises no new taxes this year and renews efforts to push welfare reform through Congress… President Anwar Sadat of Egypt admits that Soviet troops were brought in to man Egyptian missile sites and said sox of them were killed in an Israeli raid 20 miles south of Cairo… Nasdaq (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) will commence January 18 and will enable investors in the over-the-counter stock market to share in improved buying-selling service…

 

January 8President Nixon says he is deeply concerned about Bethlehem Steel’s announced rate hike of 12.5%. He calls it inflationary and asks for a study… Three Catholic priests, a former priest, a nun and a Pakistani national are indicted on charges of plotting to blow up heating systems of federal buildings in the capital and to kidnap Henry Kissinger… Vietnam - under new rules providing protection for bombers - an Air Force F-105 fighter-bomber flew escort for B-52 bombers as they attack a North Vietnam missile site near the Mu Gia Pass… Inaugural speech - Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia declares, “The time for racial discrimination is over” - unprecedented for a governor in his Deep South state…

vietnam news january 1971 timeline history  mrpopcultureJanuary 15 – The Congress convenes with Senate Democrats stunning Capitol Hill by ousting Senator Edward M. Kennedy from his leadership post and replacing   him with a Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia… Vietnam - Enemy commandos attack the Phnom Penh airport under cover of mortar fire early today and spread death and devastation through the vital complex in the heaviest blow at the capital since the outbreak of the Cambodian war last March… President Nixon asks Congress to extend the draft two more years and provide the $1.5 billion to help achieve his goal of an all-volunteer Army in mid- 1973…

President Nixon State Of The Union 1971

January 22 - State of the Union address - President Nixon says it was time to “reverse the trend of government set 38 years ago by Franklin D. Roosevelt” and reduce government - turning back the government over to the people… In a Gallup Poll - public support for the Hatfield-McGovern proposal to end U.S. troop involvement in Vietnam by the end of this year has grown from 55% to 73% in the latest survey… In a campaign promoted by public interest advocate Ralph Bader, employees are urged to “blow the whistle” on abuses ranging from polluting the environment to wasting public funds… Charles Manson and his girls are convicted on all 27 counts of first- degree murder in the Tate La-Bianca murders. Charles Manson strikes and shoves his attorney and is removed from the opening of the penalty phase of the Tate-La Bianca murder trial...

Apollo 14 Coverage - ABC-TV News W/Frank Reynolds

February 1Shoots Golf Ball On The Moon - Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard and Edgar D. Mitchell land on the lunar highlands of Fra Mauro, for man’s third visit to the moon. Shepard said, “It’s a beautiful day in the land of Fra Mauro.” In a space first, Alan B. Shepard informs millions of television viewers: “What I have in my hand is the handle for the contingency sample return, and it just happens it has a genuine six-iron on the bottom of it.” He dropped the first ball, but lost in the dust. He dropped a second and belted it out of camera range A major 6.5 Richter-scale earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles. It was followed by a 5.0 quake 35 minutes later. Warned that a severe aftershock could occur at any moment, city officials order a 48-hour extension of an evacuation of a 12 square mile area. One of the most damaged   buildings is a VA hospital, where a search of victims continues. 58 are listed as dead and over 1000 hurt… Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her two children, Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr. return to the White House for their first visit since shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. They were there to dine with President and Mrs. Nixon…

susin atkins 1971 february timeline facts history mrpopcultureFebruary 8 - Susan Atkins confesses to killing actress Sharon Tate and musician Gary Hinman in the penalty phase of the Tate-Bianca murder trial and saying that Charles Manson had nothing to do with the seven killings…

February 15 – The death toll in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley earthquake rises to 59 as thousands begin returning to their homes… The U.S. backed South Vietnamese drive into Laos goes into high gear as red supplies of arms, food and other stores are seized… American warplanes accidentally bomb a U.S. Central intelligence agency base in Laos - inflicting heavy casualties on CIA-backed guerrilla forces… The commander of South Vietnamese troops in Laos says his men had cut the main artery of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and halted North Vietnamese supplies – the lifeblood of Communist armies in South Vietnam… An Army sanity board rules that 1 st Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was “normal in every respect” as he looks for another defense…

February 22 - President Nixon declares an emergency in the construction industry and suspends a 40-year-old law requiring that prevailing union wages be paid on all federal construction jobs… First Lt. William L. Calley Jr. takes the stand in his trial. He pinned his defense to a claim that he was only following orders at My Lai. He said he was taught in Officer candidate School that “a soldier’s job was to carry out any orders that were given o you to the best of your ability”… One man’s mistake at the National Warning Center inside Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs - sent a war alert to UPI and AP - and they in turn - sent it down the line to commercial radio and television stations. Many of the stations that left air did so after broadcasting the emergency warning. Some stations ignored the warning - but proceeded with caution. Others for some reason - missed the entire event. The whole thing lasted about 40 minutes. The error was blamed on an Army civilian technician using the wrong piece of tape during a regularly scheduled weekly test of the nation’s defense warning system…

president nixon 1971 timeline facts history mrpopculture imageMarch 1 – A powerful explosion rips the Senate wing of the U.S Capitol directly beneath the floor of the chamber, causing extensive damage but no injures… President Nixon, denouncing “the violent people,” says that government buildings must be kept open to the public despite the bombing of the U.S. capitol and a spate of false bomb threats that followed… Displaying confidence in Laos, President Nixon calls on the American people to stand behind him “while the jury is still out.”… South Vietnamese troops in Laos advance to within three miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail junction of Tchepone…

March 8 The Supreme Court bars from the draft as conscientious objectors men opposed only to the Vietnam War, not all wars.. South Vietnamese headquarters reports the destruction of 100 enemy tanks in the month-old drive into Laos that has cut nine major branches of North Vietnam’s vital Ho Chi Minh Trail… Ranking officers say the month-old South Vietnamese invasion of Laos is already as successful as last year’s joint campaign into Cambodia.  President Anwar Sadat of Egypt proclaims the end of the cease-fire and truce with Israel. He declared Russia had the support of his decision… Jane Fonda urges support for a massive spring peace mobilization to end the war in Southeast Asia and end poverty, racism and sexism at home…

March 15 – Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns as the Northern Irish crisis worsens. He was reportedly to have sought approval for an aggressive antiterrorist policy including military occupation of Catholic areas in Belfast…After six weeks of fighting, the South Vietnamese invasion of Laos is drawing to a close. Officials believe there have been more gains than losses. Troops are being pulled out of the area…

March 22 - A jury of six combat officers find 1st Lt William Calley Jr. guilty of premeditated murder of 22 defenseless Vietnamese Men, woman and children at My Lai in 1968 -in what has been dubbed the “My Lai Massacre”…  Twenty-seven verdicts of death against the Tate-La Bianca murders are returned against Charles Manson (36), Patricia Krenwinkel (23), Susan Atkins (22) and Leslie Van Houten (21). All receive the death penalty…

calley april 1971 timeline convicted mrpopculture imageApril 1 – 1 st Lt. William L. Calley Jr., convicted of mass murder at My Lai is sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. But, President Nixon is receiving thousands of telegrams with a ratio of 100 to 1, against the court-martial conviction…President Nixon orders the Army to release 1 st lt. William Calley Jr . from the Ft. Benning stockade while legal reviews of his conviction go forward….Prime Minister Golda Meir rejects Egypt’s latest proposal to reopen the Suez Canal as a move to force an “Egyptian-Soviet political settlement” of its dispute with the Arabs…In a Gallup Poll - 56% approve of the job President Nixon is doing - a low point in his popularity…

April 8 - Vice President Agnew in a speech said that “in the main” the American news media has given “preponderantly negative coverage of the Vietnam War.” He singled out Life magazine for headlining a story about Laos as “an ignominious and disorderly retreat” and called the article “a hatchet job.” Waves of U.S. bombers dump explosives and napalm close in Fire Base 6 in an intensified effort to break the North Vietnamese siege of the frontier outpost in the Central Highlands…About 500 women, chanting, clapping and singing militant songs of the women’s lib, march on the Pentagon for a justice and oppression of rally against the war on women…

April 15 President Nixon defends J. Edgar Hoover against what he terms “unfair and malicious” criticism saying he’s a victim of a “bad rap.” The President also rejected any suggestion that surveillance activities by the FBI or the Army have turned the U.S. into a police state. The President said that attacks on Hoover would make him ‘dig in” rather than retire… The Supreme Court upholds cross-town bussing and other steps to break down school segregation. The rulings are the most significant in the desegregation area since the court declared unconstitutional, separate public schools for whites and blacks in 1954…

April 22 More than 175,000 Americans turn Pennsylvania Ave. into a giant protest against the Vietnam War. The demonstration comes less than a month after President Nixon announced a new troop withdrawal from Vietnam of 100,000 Americans to be completed by December 1 in continuation of his Vietnamization program…The Soviet Union sends a spaceship with three men aboard into orbit to conduct “joint experiments” with a space station launched four days earlier. Chase Manhattan raises its prime rate, the rate is charges its best customers to 5.5% - up a quarter-point….A special House subcommittee reports that up to 60% of all U.S. servicemen have tried drugs and that in Vietnam, where drugs are “more plentiful than cigarettes or chewing gum,” a heroin addict can support his habit for only $10 a day…

May 1 Police arrest more than 7,000 anti-war protesters in Washington, DC. The leader, Rennie Davis had tried to shut down the nation’s capital with the show of force. He was arrested and held on $25 thousand bond for civil rights conspiracy charges… Amtrak officially begins service - taking over operation of most of the nation’s passenger trains. The railroad unions tried to sidetrack Amtrak, but a U.S. circuit court of Appeals rejected the effort. Amtrak is a corporation created by james earl ray may 1971 news timeline mrpopcultureCongress… James Earl Ray , convicted killer of Martin Luther King Jr., breaks out of his cell in Tennessee. Ray managed to escape from his cell, through a wall in the prison, to a tunnel leading to a steam plant outside of the prison. He would have made it, but the 400 plus degree temperature in the tunnel made it impossible...

May 8 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat charges that opposition leaders had planned a coup, bugged his office and tried to disrupt the orderly process of government. He names a new government to replace those members of his cabinet who resigned or were fired…Charles (Tex) Watson pleads innocent and innocent by reason of insanity to the seven Tate- La Bianca murders. Watson was not tried with Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. Instead, he successfully fought extradition from McKinney Texas for more than eight months after his December, 1969 indictment on seven counts of murder (and a charge of conspiracy of murder)…

May 15 – The signalmen’s union calls a nationwide rail strike after last-minute efforts by the Labor department to bring agreement fell through…President Nixon signs an emergency law ordering an end of a two-day nationwide railroad strike that stranded trainloads of commuters and cargo and was beginning to cripple much of the American industry. He acted within hours after Congress sent him the hastily enacted measure giving 13,000 striking railroad signalmen a 13.5% wage hike and ordering a halt to the walkout at least until Oct. 1…

susan atkins pleads guilty may 1971 timeline mrpopcultureMay 22 - Speaking at West Point, President Nixon tells cadets his highest hope was that, “The great majority of you will never be called to serve in any war”… Susan Atkins changes her plea in the Hinman -Shea murder case and pleads guilty to killing musician Gary Hinman nearly two years ago…The Soviet Union’s supersonic TU-144 airliner makes its debut in the West, swooping down like a giant bird with a hooked beak at Le Bourget Airport for the 29 th Paris Air show….

June 1 Brigadier General John W. Donaldson is charged with murdering six Vietnamese civilians while a brigade commander in the Americal Division. The incidents were said to have occurred between November 1968 and January 1969… Search parties find the bodies of actor and World War II hero Audie Murphy and five others in the charred wreckage of their airplane atop Brushy Mountain in Virginia…President Nixon dedicates the 436-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas Navigation Project linking Oklahoma and Arkansas with the Gulf of Mexico. At $1.2 billion, it is the costliest waterway project so far…

June 8 In New York City - the municipal employees’ strike that caused massive traffic snarls, escalates by walkout of sewage plant workers that led to the dumping of New York’s daily rate of 1.5 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the city’s waterways. Drawbridges were left open and trucks deliberately stalled just before a morning rush hour, with the result that hundreds of thousands of motorists en route to Manhattan were unable to movie on highways. The tie-up of 28 bridges led to threats by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay to call out the National Guard…

June 15 The U.S. Command says that the 250 thousand American servicemen now in South Vietnam will take a compulsory urinalysis test for heroin usage before they return home. It will provide the first accurate stats on the extent of heroin addiction of GI’s… Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr . - Chief of naval operations, abolishes the “cracker-jack” sailor uniform in favor the same dark blue double- breasted suit, white shirt, black tie and white standard-peaked military hat warned by commissioned officers. The new uniforms will take awhile to come into use - July 1, 1973… The Justice Department asks the New York Times to halt publication of a secret Pentagon study of the Vietnam War and threatens to seek an injunction if the paper doesn’t comply. The daniel ellsberg june 1971 timeline history facts mrpopcultureTimes says it “must respectfully decline the request”…. Daniel Ellsberg – former government official named as the man who gave the massive, top-secret Pentagon study of the nation’s Vietnam involvement to the New York Times. It’s reported that the number of kids and parents on welfare has increased 3,441,000 or 50% since President Nixon called on welfare reform in a nationally televised address in August 1969…Terming drug abuse “America’s public enemy No. 1,” President Nixon calls on Congress to support a broad attack on the problem…. 

June 22 -  The New York Times says it will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a court order banning publication of articles based on the same material…Daniel Ellsberg is indicted on charges that he had unauthorized possession of the Pentagon papers and converted them to his own use…Tass reports that the three Soviet cosmonauts who orbited the earth in the salute space laboratory have died in flight. Lt. Col. Georgy Dobrovolsky, flight engineer Wiadislav Volkov and test engineer Viktor Patsayev - died at the end of their marathon flight program as they were preparing to return to earth…

July 1 – The Vietnamese Communists announce there are ready to free all U.S. prisoners of war step-by-step by the end of this year if all U.S troops are gone from Vietnam by then… The Supreme Court frees the New York Times and Washington Post to resume publishing articles on the Pentagon’s top secret Vietnam War study. It rejected the government’s contention of an imperiled national security…Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison , who became an international figure with his probe of JFK’s assassination, is arrested by federal agents and charged with taking bribes to protect illegal pinball machines…

July 8 After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Morocco’s King Hussein ridicules the plotters as “infantile” and said the 10 leaders of the coup will be executed within 24 hours. In the coup, about 200 noncommissioned officer cadets stormed his birthday reception, killing 28 dead and injuring 33… Surgeon General Dr. Jesse Steinfeld lists cigarette smoking as the nation’s #1 health problem in front of drug abuseA federal grand jury in Boston investigates possible criminal charges against the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Boston Globe for publishing secret Pentagon documents relating to the Vietnam War. Parts of the 47-volume Pentagon study ended up in possession of the New York Times and were leaked to the other papers…

July 15 – Since July 1, more than 26,000 men were sterilized by vasectomy in the first half of a month-long family planning festival - the largest ever held in India. An official says they hope to sterilize 50,000 men by the end of the month... President Nixon addresses the nation on China. No U.S. President has ever visited China. Will one now? Here's the video:

President Nixon Announces He Will Visit China  

July 22 - Syria announces it is closing its border with Jordan, blocking that nation’s access to the Mediterranean… A nervous, neatly dressed man armed with a gun and a stick of dynamite hijacked a National Airlines jet to Cuba after shooting a stewardess and a passenger…. The Apollo 15 spacecraft lands on the Moon with astronauts James Irwin and David R. Scott…

August 1 –  Apollo 15 splashes down in the Pacific - about six miles off target. Things got a little nervous though. The three parachutes opened properly, but one collapsed on decent - at about 2000 feet. The loss meant that astronauts Scott, Irwin and Worden hit the Pacific a little harder - 26 miles per hour, instead of 22. Otherwise, the 12-day mission went almost perfect…

president nixon freeze wages prices august 1971 timeline mrpopcultureAugust 8 – The Nixon Administration demands an immediate end of all strikes and lockouts in the country for at least three months – and that includes a longshoreman strike on the West Coast… Gun battles in Northern Island bring the death toll to 17 - the latest casualty is a British soldier… Daniel Ellsberg pleads not guilty to charges that he had unauthorized possession of the secret Pentagon papers and converted them to his own use…. President Nixon orders an immediate freeze on wages, prices and rents for at least 90 days on an assault on the nation’s economic ills. President Nixon closes the flow of U.S. gold to foreign nations - so the dollar will float and probably have a Devaluation in world markets. The price of gold is $35 an ounce... 

 August 15 - Atty. Gen John Mitchell says he has reached the conclusion that a federal grand jury investigation into the May killings of four Kent State students would be unwarranted and closes the probes…

August 22 - The Nixon Administration takes legal action against Texas Gov. Preston Smith for ordering raises for 100,000 state employees and teachers in defiance of President Nixon’s wage-price freeze… The life sentence of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. for murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai is reduced to 2 years by Lt. Gen. Albert O Connor - the 3 rd Army commanding general. He said the reduction was appropriate for the offense. The case now goes up a chain of review ending with President Nixon and further reduction is possible… Three prison guards and three convicts, including black militant George Jackson are killed after an attempted break-out at San Quentin prison in California. Later, it’s revealed that guards had found a gun hidden in the afro of George Jackson… Women’s liberationists disrupt trading at the American Stock exchange, tried to stop business at a bank and paraded by the thousands up 5 th Ave. to mark the 51 st anniversary of women’s suffrage. The National Organization For  Women sponsored the “Women’s Rights Day” events culminating with the march and a mass rally in Central park to demand full equality… A Berlin agreement to end the 26-year harassment of West Berlin by the Communist powers is completed by the ambassadors of the four powers of World War II. Among the details - The Russians agreed to accept with the three Western powers, responsibility to keep traffic flowing in and out of the city…

September 1 – President Nixon acts to support his new economic policies with a 5-to10 month deferment of pay increases for some 4.85 million federal employees… The four-power Berlin “Quadripartite” agreement is signed, marking the end of 17-months of hard negotiations… An Alaskan Airlines 727 jetliner flying through rain and fog, slams into a mountain side 17 miles northwest of Juneau, killing 111 persons… Chancellor Willy Brandt praises President Nixon for his role in bringing the Berlin Negotiations to a successful conclusion…

September 8 President Nixon says he would allow the present 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents to expire November 13, but pledged his administration would take “all steps needed” to fight inflation… In Attica, New York – nine hostages are slain by inmates and 28 convicts are killed by gunfire when 1,700 state troopers, national guardsmen and sheriff’s deputies storm the nikita khruschev 1971dies timeline mrpopculture imageAttica Correctional Facility to end one of the bloodiest revolts in the nation’s prison annals… Dies - Nikita S. Khrushchev (77) of a massive heart attack. The former Soviet Premier was stripped of his posts both as head of the government and of the Soviet Communist Party on October 15, 1964 and has since lived in obscurity…

September 15 – Pentagon Papers - The Justice Department charges that Daniel Ellsberg began storing a massive hoard of government and personal papers and this week, the FBI seizes Daniel Ellsberg’s papers from a Beverly Hills warehouse. It appears that Ellsberg, the ex-Rand Corp. consultant leaked the Pentagon material to the press last June… After 34 years, Look Magazine will stop publishing after its October 19 issue… The Senate passes and sends to President Nixon, a bill to extend the military draft for two more years. The Administration, which  had warned that the nation was facing a military manpower crisis, said drafting would resume as soon as President Nixon signed the bill…

September 22 - Japanese Emperor Hirohito (70) is welcomed by President Nixon in Anchorage, Alaska. It is the first time in history that a Japanese head of state has ever set foot on foreign soil. The emperor thanked Nixon for traveling to Alaska, saying the trip was “a manifestation of your very special goodwill and interest for the Japanese people and ourselves”…

"Wonderful World Of Disney" - NBC-TV Florida Opens!

disneyworld 1971 timeline facts history mrpopculture photoOctober 1 - $400 million Walt Disney World opens in Orlando. All but two of the park’s 35 major attractions are ready for visitors. General admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for kids 12-17 and a buck for children 3-11. Once you get in the park, rides will cost between 10 and 90 cents each, but you can get a 17-ticket book - $4.75 for adults, $4.25 and $3.75 for juniors and children… Millions of South Vietnamese vote to re-elect President Nguyen Van Thieu, the only candidate… The House votes to create a vast network of day care centers and social services for children of all economic levels. Free services would be available to children of families with incomes of no more than the so-called “working poor,” would be required to pay according to their means…. Invokes Taft-Hartley - President Nixon obtains temporary Federal court restraining orders ordering striking longshoremen to return to work on the Pacific Coast and in the Port of Chicago…

October 8 President Nixon, seeking to cut inflation by one-half - unveils the second portion of his new anti-inflation program. Speaking to a national television audience, Mr. Nixon claimed that the 90-day freeze on price, wage and rent increases he imposed on Aug. 15 “has been remarkably successful.” As evidence, the President cited a Labor Department report that wholesale prices last month fell by .4%... AFL-CIO President George Meany calls for an emergency meeting of the nation’s union leaders in Washington to map out a strategy on behalf of all organized labor. It all has to do with President Nixon’s Phase 2 program of wage and price stabilization that is scheduled to take effect November 14… Terrible Ted Walters , former public enemy No. 2 and contemporary of Bonnie and Clyde, is killed by a rifle shot fired by a Texas Ranger…

willy brandt october 1971 timeline nobel history mrpopculture photo  October 15 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt wins the 1971 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to improve relations with the Soviet Union and the East European Communist bloc… Black militant H. Rap Brown - one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives, is shot by police on the roof of an apartment house in New York City after he and three others held up a Manhattan bar. Brown was once a principal spokesman of the ultra-militant Black Power movement. He’s reported to be in fair condition… Charles (Tex) Watson is sentenced to die for the seven Tate-Labianca murders in August of 1969…

October 22 - Ireland - British troops shoot five people dead in Northern Ireland - two sisters in Belfast and three alleged bank robbers in Newry… Leonid I. Breshnev arrives in Paris for his first official visit to a Western capital in his seven years as a top Kremlin leader… An American Airlines Boeing 747 with 237 persons aboard - including three sky marshals and an FBI agent is hijacked to Cuba during a flight from New York to Puerto Rico. The FAA said a man armed with a gun took a stewardess hostage in the first class lounge about an hour after the jet left Kennedy International…

November 1 In California - the assembly passes a car antismog bill, requiring installation of exhaust antismog devices in 1966 through 1970 autos by 1973 to curb emission of oxides of nitrogen, which creates the brownish color of air pollution. The legislation provides that the antismog devices could not cost over $35 installed or require maintenance more than once every 12 thousand miles at a cost of not more than $15…

November 8 – The House kills a proposed constitutional amendment to permit prayer in public schools. Servicemen, all federal employees and workers who receive less than $1.60 an hour are exempted from the post-freeze wage controls by the cost of Living Council… President Nixon announces another 45,000 troops will be brought home from S. Vietnam in December and January… Aubran W. Martin is convicted on three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings almost two years ago of United Mine Workers insurgent official Joseph A. Yablonski and his wife and daughter…

lyndon johnson 1971 timline november facts history mrpopculture photoNovember 15 Reversing earlier decision - The Cost of Living Council rules auto makers and other large companies must get permission in advance to raise prices after all… Mainland China is officially welcomed into the United Nations and after all the welcoming speeches took the occasion to launch an attack against the U.S. It demanded an immediate Vietnam pullout and an end to Taipei… With the military situation worsening in Cambodia. U.S. warplanes have stepped up their support of Cambodian troops…Former President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson return to the White House as guests of President and Mrs. Nixon for worship services and joined in the receiving line afterward… Word has gone out from the White House that the Administration wants more mobsters to be arrested to improve the appearance of its anticrime record for President’ Nixon’s reelection campaign next year, so reports Time magazine…

November 22 -  The feud between China and Russia gets obvious at the U.N., after the Chinese attack Soviet disarmament proposals as a ruse to perpetuate he nuclear monopoly of Moscow and Washington… A man apparently armed with a bomb, hijacks a Northwest airlines jetliner, demands and received $200,000 from the airline and may have jumped from the plane after receiving four parachutes at Seattle Airport. The hijacker had ordered the plane to fly with its rear stairwell open. The hijacker took over the plane shortly before it was to land in Seattle on a flight from Washington DC. On the ground in Seattle, he allowed all 36 passengers and two stewardesses to leave… FBI agents search rugged wilderness in three states to track down a swarthy master criminal who parachuted from a hijacked jetliner with $200,000 in ransom. It was the first time a hijacker has parachuted from a plane (This is the saga of someone who signed his or her name D.B. Cooper). More later…

CBS-TV D.B. Cooper Report

December 1 India formally recognizes the government of Bangla Desh as the government of an independent East Pakistan. India also reports key victories in its drive to seize East Pakistan as Pakistani warplanes continue strafing attack against Indian jane fonda 1971 december timeline facts history vietnam mrpopculturecities, including a strike in the city of Agra - the site of the Taj Mahal… Military officials say that actress Jane Fonda will not be permitted to present her antiwar show at U.S military bases in Japan. She is scheduled to arrive in Japan December 7 for a 17-day tour…

December 8 – The Senate confirms the Supreme Court nomination of conservative William H. Rehnquist… President Nixon warns the Russians to restrain India from attacking West Pakistan… India declares a unilateral cease-fire on the West Pakistan front as its troops marched into Dacca to accept the unconditional surrender of the Pakistani army in East Pakistan… Cult leader Charles Manson , described by the judge as a “whining, complaining delinquent and small-time card thief with an aversion to work” - is sentenced to life in prison for the 1969 slayings of Gary Hinman and Donald (Shorty) Shea… The Senate passes a compromise bill extending for a year President Nixon’s wage and price control powers and provides for payment of most raises caught in the pay freeze…

December 15 – In a sweeping realignment of the world’s currencies by the top-10 trading nations, the US agrees to a 7.89% devaluation of the dollar and lifting of the 10% surcharge on imported goods. The devaluation was based on raising the official price of gold from $35 to $38 an ounce. President Nixon says the actions will lead to “a more stable world in which competition would be more fair and there will be more true prosperity… Nine months of bloodshed has led to an estimated million-plus deaths in the new Peoples Republic of Bangla Desh. It all began last March when Pakistan dispatched troops from the West to crush East Pakistan’s independence movement. A cease-fire/surrender is called and it looks like the bloodletting is finished…. jimmy hoffa 1971 timeline free prison facts history teamsters mrpopculturePresident Nixon frees James R. Hoffa from prison on condition the ex-Teamsters Union president not become involved in managing any labor organization before 1980 – his full term for two sentences. The Justice Department explained why his sentence was commuted almost four years before his release date, cited his wife’s severe heart condition, his excellent prison record and his 1971 resignation from all Teamster offices….

December 22 - Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird accuses North Vietnam of four violations of the 1968 “understandings” with Hanoi that led President Lyndon Johnson’s administration to halt U.S. bombing of the north… Rescue workers recover more bodies from a plush 22- story downtown hotel in Seoul that was gutted by fire Christmas day. Death toll is at least 142… President Nixon reluctantly signs a 13-week extension for some 700,000 to get unemployment pay… Richard Nixon said recently that he never watches himself on television. “I strongly advise young political people: don’t watch yourself on television. You may become self-conscious”…

Year 1971  In Technology News And Information

February - Technology/TV - When video cassettes and/or cartridges come on to the market - some say by next year - Evergreen Magazine says it will be ready. They are preparing a prototype video magazine - to be produced once a month for tape distribution. It’s 90-minutes in length…

March - Time-Life Video, the pre-recorded television division of Time Inc, will offer subscribers selections of outstanding programs for new cartridge and cassette video players. Time-Life editors will produce and select the programming in a wide range of categories from movie classics and children’s programming to home education…

April - Technology/medical - A new technique for viewing the heart in action as an animated display on a computer screen which can help determine the need for surgery or other treatment is disclosed. The system, is a project of joint NASA and Stanford Medical Center, projects a 3-D animated image of any desired chamber of the patient’s heart on a computer display screen…

The FCC sends Congress a 57-page explanation on the expansion of CATV in urban areas. CATV (Community Antenna or Cable Television) has been a province mainly in rural areas, but it can potentially give viewers far more programs then they can receive on regular “over-the-air” TV. Under the rules, any cable system must carry all the local stations being broadcast. The heart of the cable-controversy is the number of additional television signals a cable system can broadcast from out of town - usually received by microwave. The FCC specifically prohibits a cable station from circumventing local sports “blackouts” by broadcasting a local pro game on an out of town station. Clearly the industry needs out of town programs to be able to attracted new subscribers... Systems will be required to offer the public one “access” channel. .. CB radio license fees go up to $21.00 from $8.00A company called Intel releases a first – a microprocessor – the 4004...

instant replay sports equipment tech history timeline facts historyJuly -  It looks like instant replays help, and not hurt officials. They prove that officials get 95% of their calls correct. Instant replay was first used by ABC (see picture) in 1967 during the U.S. skiing championships. The Ampex recorders use discs instead of tape. The disks permit variable speed playback, plus stop motion, since there is no rewind process, Another benefit of discs to tape - Access to recorded pictures can be accomplished much more quickly and accurately. There is no rewinding… 

September - Sony is different. The difference is Trinitron! Color Bright, Color Right ... Sony’s amazing, revolutionary Trinitron tube - TV’s first single gun color picture tubes - gives you the viewer’s edge! There’s no brighter, sharper color picture than Sony’s - and side-by-side comparisons prove it before your very eyes! Best of all, Sony Color is now available in six new models including 12 and 17inch (diagonally) measured screens… CB (Citizen Band) licenses just went up to $21.00 - from $8.00 and it seems the FCC is granting more and more licenses. Word has it that hobbyists are using the medium to chit chat….

 

Year 1971 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

Super Bowl V Highlights

January - Aku - the top-rated DJ in Honolulu over KGMB radio (radio 590) just signed a 12-year contract at an annual salary of $400,000… Cigarette advertising spent some $150 million on all of television and industry sources confirm that a great many “replacement” ad dollars is coming from oil companies that had increased their television budgets; from major insurance companies; from retailers from an upsurge in advertising money from travel- oriented business… George Blanda - QB of the joe namath 1971 nfl sports timeline history mrpopcultureOakland raiders is named Male Athlete of the Year by AP… QB Joe Namath of the NY Jets says he feels the NFL was guilty of antitrust violation. He testified for two hours as the day’s leadoff witness before a federal grand jury investigating operations of the NFL. “If you don’t like your contract or the team that drafts you - what can you do,” said Namath… President Nixon complained about the amount of profanity in the new movie “Love Story,” He said he was not shocked by the language, saying he knows young people use profanities and that ‘it’s the in thing to do.” But he said profanities were used too often in the movie and detracted from a great performance by Ali MacGraw…Super Bowl V - The Colts Beat Dallas 16-13... 

February  - Advertisements for all but one cigarette brand will now list tar and nicotine content. The U.S. surgeon general says the factor is crucial to links between smoking disease. In the latest government tests of 120 brands of cigarettes, tar content ranged from 3 milligrams to 31. The most popular selling cigarettes have tar content above 15 milligrams… Attorney F. Lee Bailey (39) is suspended from practicing law in New Jersey for one year. The action was taken after hearings on misconduct charges… Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox signs a three-year contract estimated to be $150,000 per year or more… Dr. Timothy Leary, appearing at Eldridge Cleaver’s side in a video tape made by KQED in San Francisco – said he was settled his differences with the Black Panthers and now agrees that “tripping” on drugs is incorrect behavior for a revolutionary. “There is a time to expand and a time to contract. This is the time to tighten up, organize,” said Leary. Leary and Cleaver - the Black Panther’s information minister, are both living in exile in Algeria as fugitives from prosecution in the United States… Bobby Hull scores a record 27 th career hat trick to lead the Chicago Black Hawks to a tense 7-5 triumph over the Kings…

Frazier-Ali Fight (Video)

frazier beats ali march 1971 timeline facts boxing history mrpopcultureMarch - Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA championship for a second time… BOXING UPSET - Joe Frazier retains his world heavyweight championship with a unanimous 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali in New York. Ali was forced to take a mandatory eight count in the 15 th round after Frazier knocked him down with a left hook…. Passing - Walter W. Ralphs - pioneer in the development of the modern supermarket … Acting on complaints about songs that promote the use of illegal drugs, the FCC warns broadcasters that they have a responsibility to be aware of the lyrics of records they play over the air. The commission says the failure of a station to know the contents of a song’s lyrics would raise “serious questions as to whether continued operation of the station is in the public interest.”… The White House accuses Dick Cavett of helping to defeat the (Super Sonic Transportation) SST bill. A spokesman said that the Cavett, an ardent conservationist - loaded his program with anti-SST people over the past year…Gary Player wins his second consecutive golf tournament at the National Airlines Open in Miami. Player won by a two-stroke margin over Lee Trevino to win the $200 thousand prize…Tony Awards - “Company,” directed by Harold Prince, is named best musical of the 1971 Broadway season. “Sleuth” wins best drama. Best actress in a musical - Helen Gallagher - “No No Nanette” Best actor in a musical - Hal Linden - “The Rothschilds”…

Enjoy "All In The Family" - a new show on CBS-TV

April - Passing - Igor Stravinsky - called “the Einstein of musical art” and considered the foremost composer of the 20 th century. He was 88... .Off Track Betting begins in New York after months of delay….It’s announced that a new national noncommercial will go on the air May 3. National Public radio, financed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will initially have a 90-station hookup and will start with a review of news and personalities from 5 to 6:30pm Mon-Fri…George Plimpton Becomes A Stand-Up Comedian In Las Vegas – an ABC-TV special… Arte Johnson is leaving Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In.” Hugh Downs - host of wilt chamberlain 1971 timeline history basketball mrpopculture“Today” on NBC-TV will take leave of the program in October…Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain pulls out of a July 26 boxing bout with Muhammad Ali after demanding a tax-free guarantee of $500,000. It would have been his first bout. Promoters are still hoping it will happen. The fight was supposed to be at the Houston Astrodome…Curt Flood - the Washington Senators’ $105,000 center fielder, quits baseball, saying he has “very serious” personal problems mounting every day”… Frank Gifford , formerly with the NY Giants and CBS sports commentator will join ABC in May. He’s also signed to do the play-by-play on ABC’s Monday night pro football broadcasts…

May - In radio news - Humble Harve (Miller) the popular 6 to 9 evening disc jockey on 93-KHJ, Los Angeles is sought by police after his wife is found shot to death in their Hollywood home. An APP went out for the popular evening personality after he failed to show-up for his airshift. Police arrived to find Mary Miller lying on the living room floor face-up, fully -clothed with at least one gunshot wound in the upper chest…Te NBA and ABA seek congressional approval for a merger. The announcement was made by Walter Kennedy, NBA commissioner…LA Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel signs for four more years…Pat Summerall signs a three-year exclusive contract with CBS to rock hudson tv news 1971 history timeline mrpopculturecall NFL games and to co-host the pregame “NFL Today”… Rock Hudson signs a nonexclusive agreement with Universal studios to star in the fall movie series “McMillan & Wife”… Passing - Donald Franklin Duncan Sr . (71) - gave us the Duncan Yo-Yo, creating a nationwide fad…Defenseman Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins equals two National Hockey League records by winning the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP for the second time…NBC says it is semi-retiring the Peacock. The network says it is making the move in an effort by the network to remove on- air clutter. Through the sixties and up until now - each color program is proceeded by the colorful peacock – with a swirling flute and announcer “The Following Program Is Brought To You In Living Color On NBC.” Since 1967, every program on the network has been in color….Muhammad Ali has invited Lester Maddox and George Wallace to appear on his first television program. His weekly half-hour talkshow is to begin in about six weeks…

June - Federal officials convert Alcatraz Island into a modified fortress to discourage any attempt by Indians to reoccupy the abandoned prison facility. 20 armed deputy marshals landed on the island form a Coast Guard cutter last Friday and ended nearly 19 months of occupation by Indians…Passing - actor Michael Rennie (62) - British-born actor and star of the Third Man television series and a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures…Frank Sinatra performs his final concert at a movie fund gala in Los Angeles. Sinatra went on and told the audience “don’t you cry”… Former actress Jean Peters (44), divorces billionaire Howard Hughes. They were married howard cosell abc 1971 timeline history facts mrpopculture trivia imagein 1957 and had no children…Love him or hate him - Howard Cosell (51) is big. He makes about $300,000 per year with all his appearances - key member on ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” has 15 network and six local radio segments on ABC and appears regularly on the network’s evening news. He is a lecturer in wide demand. He appears on a college campus once a week, discussing sociological and political as well as sports issues…Despite cigarette advertising is now off the radio and television airwaves, R.J. Reynolds says sales have risen! And this despite all the anti-smoking spots heard on the media. In 1970 - the last full year of cigarette broadcasting - 75-80% of Reynolds’ advertising dollars went into on-the-air commercials. Now 70% is going into newspapers and magazines and 30% into billboards and bus cards…Bob Uecker - who considers himself a comedian - gets about $2,000 a night for standup. Uecker is a former pro-baseball catcher and loves to make people laugh…

July - Pete Rozelle warns the announcers of all three networks that they can’t talk to athletes during the progress of NFL exhibitions and games this year. He doesn’t want athletes interviewed during games, even if the action is interrupted… Lee Trevino (31) is the British Open Champ…  Ukulele Ike ” (76) – Clifford Edwards - voice of Jiminy Cricket… Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants, blasts his 13th grand slam to break a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates…. In Houston - Muhammad Ali stops Jimmy Ellis with a TKO in the 12 th round… Arnold Palmer wins the Westchester Golf Classic in Harrison, NY….

steve mcqueen 1971 movie news timeline history mrpopculture imageAugust - Looks like Steve McQueen will get 15% of the gross for his next movie - “The Getaway” for Paramount. The deal may set a precedent… Actress Deana Martin (22) - Daughter of Dean Martin is called as a state witness in the trial of Charles (Tex) Watson for the seven Tate-La Bianca murders. She recalled that in July or October 1968, she and Terry Melcher attended a party at the home of Dennis Wilson, a drummer with the Beach Boys…. The New York Giants announce the will move across the Hudson River to New Jersey no later than the 1975 football season and become the first major league football team in the history of New Jersey… Garrick Utley becomes anchor of the NBC Saturday Night News and the NBC Sunday Night news this week…

1972 Chevy Chevelle (See The USA) Ad

September - Dies - actress Pier Angeli (39) ex-wife of Vic Damone. Angeli starred in several films in the 50’s - “The Story of Three Lovers,” Theresa,” and “The Silver Chalice.” The actress died of an anaphylatic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor…

 

More September 1971 - Ralph Nader charges that the Volkswagen Beetle is so loaded with safety hazards that production should be stopped as soon as possible. He said most of the defects could have been corrected by the manufacturer with items costing less than $20 a car. Other hazards, such as the little car’s sensitivity to crosswinds and its tendency to roll over cannot be corrected in the current Beetle design…. St Louis Cardinal third baseman Joe Torre is named National League player of the month by a panel of writers and broadcasters in the league’s monthly poll. Torre, has led the league in hitting most of the season, batted .368 last month…A fter 71 years, baseball’s Washington Senators play their last game in front of 14,500. The game, played at RFK stadium, was forfeited in the ninth inning  with the Senators ahead of the Yankees 7-5…

John & Yoko On Dick Cavett

alex karris lions released september 1971 nfl football history image mrpopcultureMore September - Recently released by the Detroit Lions – Alex Karras says he isn’t bitter about the game, even though he could be “I’ve been kicked around pretty good. I’ve been left with scars...”I’m a happy man. I’m getting ready to make a pilot film for a TV comedy series. I’m talking about  some movies. and for the first time in my life, I don’t wake up Monday morning full of aches and pains”… National Airlines launches its new campaign “Come Fly Me.” The campaign will be launched in print, radio and TV… One of the best sports shows - happens each week during the NFL season, "This Week In Pro Football" from the Hughs Sports Network.  

"This Week In Pro Football" W/Pat Summerall & Tom Brookshire

curt flood 1971 baseball news image mrpopcultureOctober - The children of the late President John F. Kennedy and their mother - seek an injunction against Ronald Galella, the photographer whose pictures have appeared widely in magazines and newspapers. The court affidavit says that he has harassed and frightened them and even trailed them to Greece to chase them on land and sea…. The Supreme Court agrees to hear baseball player Curt Flood’s argument that professional baseball enslaves its players. Flood began the suit when the St Louis Cardinals traded him in 1969 for the Philadelphia Phillies. He never reported to play ball with the Phillies - sitting out the 1970 season while two lower courts rejected his claim

More Curt Flood (Video)

Passing - Paul Terry , founder of the famed “Terrytoons” cartoon studio - makers of Mighty Mouse and others. He was 84…

ABC-TV Saturday Morning Fun Including The Jackson 5! 

November - Dallas Cowboy coach Tom Landry names Roger Staubach his number one quarterback over veteran Craig elgin baylor lakers news november 1971 sports history timeline mrpopcultureMorton. “I think it’s Roger’s time to make a move. I  have confidence in him or I wouldn’t have picked him”…. Elgin Baylor - captain of the Los Angeles Lakers and one of the greatest players of the game, retires this week after 13-years in the NBA. He’ll remains with the Lakers in a public relations and scouting capacity…. Passing - Walter Clark, author of “The Ox Bow Incident.” He was 62… Passing - Comedian Charlie Manna - who gained prominence in 1961 with a skit about an astronaut who refused to go into space without his crayons. He was 51… The NHL will add two new teams for the 1972-73 season and they will be Long Island and Atlanta…New at the mart – Gillette TRAC II for great shaving… Vida Blue gets the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Last summer, President Nixon called Blue, “the most underpaid player in baseball.” Blue earned an estimated $14,000 this year… Willie Stargell , the Pittsburgh Pirate slugger, says he should have been named the MVP in the National League this season. Instead, he finished second to Joe Torre of St. Louis. “I feel I deserved it. I’m basing my thoughts on the fact that I did everything I set out to do and we won the World Series”…

mamas and papas 1971 music news november trivia timeline mrpopcultureDecember - It’s announced that the Grand Ole Opry is moving to a new location - to a new park to be named “OpryLand U.S.A” - just east of Nashville on the Cumberland River… The Mamas and Papas are back together after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. Their new album is entitled - “People Like Us”… Gary Collins is signed to star in a news series - “The Sixth Sense.” The hour-long series, which probes extrasensory perception and psychic phenomena, begins January 15th on ABC-TV…Passing -  Maurice McDonald who turned a San Bernardino drive-in restaurant into the prototype for more than 1,500 McDonalds Golden Arches hamburger stands dies in his sleep in Palm Springs. He was 69… Passing - Communications pioneer David Sarnoff, who broke the news of the Titanic disaster in 1912 and went on to become the head of the giant RCA organization. He was 80… Passing - Roy O. Disney (78) - guided the business side and left his late brother, Walt, free to pursue his mighty ambitions In Zurich, Muhammad Ali knocks-out West Germany’s Juergen Blin with a powerful right cross at 2:12 of the 7 th round of the scheduled 12-round heavyweight bout…

 

"Diamonds Are Forever" Starring Sean Connery As James Bond - Was A Top 1971 Movie

 

Three Dog Night's, "Joy To The World" Was A Top 1971 Pop Hit Music Single 

 

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