1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1971st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 971st year of the 2nd millennium, the 71st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1970s decade. The year 1971 had three partial solar eclipses (February 25, July 22 and August 20) and two total lunar eclipses (February 10, and August 6).
The world population increased by 2.1% this year, the highest increase in history.
Main article: January 1971
Ibrox disaster: A stairway crush at the Rangers vs. Celtic football match in Glasgow, Scotland, kills 66.
A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States.(2)
January 3 – BBC Open University begins in the United Kingdom.
January 5 – The first ever One Day International cricket match is played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
January 8 – Tupamaros kidnap Geoffrey Jackson, British ambassador to Uruguay, in Montevideo, keeping him captive until September.
January 9 – Uruguayan president Jorge Pacheco Areco demands emergency powers for 90 days due to kidnappings, and receives them the next day.
January 12 – The landmark television sitcom All in the Family, starring Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker, debuts on CBS.
January 14 – Seventy Brazilian political prisoners are released in Santiago, Chile; Giovanni Enrico Bucher is released January 16.
January 15 – The Aswan High Dam officially opens in Egypt.
January 17 – The Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V to win the National Football League championship. The Colts scored the winning points on a 32-yard field goal by Jim O’Brien with five seconds remaining.
Strikes in Poland demand the resignation of Interior Minister Kazimierz Świtała. He resigns January 23 and is replaced by Franciszek Szlachcic.
Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship ending a Seven and two thirds years reign. (the longest in the Championships history)
January 19 – Representatives of 23 western oil companies begin negotiations with OPEC in Tehran to stabilize oil prices; February 14 they sign a treaty with 6 Khalij el-Arab countries.
January 24 – The Guinean government sentences to death 92 Guineans who helped Portuguese troops in the failed landing attempts in November 1970; 72 are sentenced to hard labor for life; 58 of the sentenced are hanged the next day.
In Uganda, Idi Amin deposes Milton Obote in a coup, and becomes president.
In Los Angeles, Charles Manson and 3 female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate–LaBianca murders.
Himachal Pradesh becomes the 18th Indian state.
Intelsat IV (F2) is launched; it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean March 26.
January 31 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 (carrying astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell) lifts off on the third successful lunar landing mission.
January 15: Aswan Dam opens in Egypt.
Main article: February 1971
In Britain, Rolls-Royce goes bankrupt and is nationalised.
NASDAQ was founded.
February 5 – Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.
February 6 – The 4.6 Mb Tuscania earthquake shook the Italian province of Viterbo with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), causing 24 deaths, 150 injuries, and extreme damage.
Switzerland gives women voting rights in state elections, but not in all canton-specific ones.
Władysław Gomułka is expelled from the Central Council of the Polish Communist Party.
February 8 – A new stock market index called the Nasdaq Composite debuts.
The 6.5–6.7 Mw Sylmar earthquake hits the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 64 and injuring 2,000.
Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to become voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame from the Negro League.
Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
February 10 – A total lunar eclipse was visible from Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, and was the 50th lunar eclipse of Lunar Saros 123.
February 11 – The US, UK, USSR and others sign the Seabed Treaty, outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor.
February 11–February 12 – Palestinian and Jordanian fighters clash in Amman.
February 13 – Vietnam War: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos.
Decimal Day: – The United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal currency (see also decimalisation).
Protesting Belgian farmers bring 3 live cows to crash the EEC meeting in Brussels.
February 16 – In Italy, a local parliament elects the city of Catanzaro as the capital of Calabria; residents of Reggio di Calabria riot for 5 days because of the decision.
Fifty tornadoes rage in Mississippi and Louisiana, killing 74 people.
The U.S. Emergency Broadcast System sends an erroneous warning, meant to be a standard weekly test conducted by NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado; many radio stations just ignore it. The most notorious warning was of WOWO (AM) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
February 21 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
February 25 – A partial solar eclipse was visible from Europe, Africa, Asia, and was the 18th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 149.
February 26 – Secretary General U Thant signs the United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
February 27 – Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform abortus provocatus.
February 28 – Evel Knievel sets a world record and jumps 19 cars in Ontario, California.
February 5: Apollo 14 on Moon
February 6: Earthquake in Tuscania, Italy.
February 20: Tornadoes kill 74 in Mississippi.
Main article: March 1971
A bomb explodes in the men’s room at the United States Capitol; the Weather Underground claims responsibility.
Pakistani President Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan indefinitely postpones the pending National Assembly session, precipitating massive civil disobedience in East Pakistan.
Canadian John Robarts ends his term of office as the 17th Premier of Ontario.
March 4 – The southern part of Quebec, and especially Montreal, receive 16½" (42 cm) of snow in what becomes known as the Century’s Snowstorm (la tempête du siècle).
March 5 – The Pakistani army occupies East Pakistan. In Belfast, a Led Zeppelin show includes the first public performance of "Stairway to Heaven," a song from the fourth album.
March 6 – A fire in a mental hospital at Burghölzli, Switzerland, kills 28 people.
The British postal workers’ strike, led by UPW General Secretary Tom Jackson, ends after 47 days.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, political leader of then East Pakistan (present day-Bangladesh), delivers a now-famous speech in the Racecourse Field in Dhaka, calling on the masses to be prepared to fight for national independence.
The Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI breaks into the Media, Pennsylvania offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and removes all the files.
‘Fight of the Century’: Boxer Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali in a 15-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden.
March 10 – William McMahon replaces John Gorton as the Liberal/Country Coalition Prime Minister of Australia, after Gorton resigned following a vote of confidence that was tied 33-all.
March 12 – Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
March 12–13 – The Allman Brothers Band plays their legendary concert at the Fillmore East.
March 16 – Trygve Bratteli forms a government in Norway.
March 18 – A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Yanawayin Lake, killing 200.
March 23 – General Alejandro Lanusse of Argentina takes power in a military coup.
March 25 – The Pakistani army starts Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from midnight, after President Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan, a military ruler, voids election results that gave the Awami League an overwhelming majority in the parliament.
East Pakistan’s (now Bangladesh) independence is declared by Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and transmitted using East Pakistan Rifles (now Border Guards Bangladesh) radio.(3)
Nihat Erim (a former CHP member) forms the new government of Turkey (33rd government, composed mostly of technocrats).
March 27 – East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) independence is repeatedly declared by Army Major (later President of Bangladesh) Ziaur Rahman on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Kalurghat Radio Station, Chittagong.
March 28 – The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode.
U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is found guilty of 22 murders in the My Lai Massacre and sentenced to life in prison (he is later pardoned).
A Los Angeles jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and female followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten.
Main article: April 1971
April 1 – The United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership.
In Ceylon, a group calling themselves the People’s Liberation Front begins a rebellion against the Bandaranaike government.
Chile and East Germany establish diplomatic relations.
Mount Etna erupts in Sicily.
April 7 – Greece releases 261 political prisoners, 50 of whom are sent into internal exile.
April 8 – A right-wing coup attempt is exposed in Laos.
April 9 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death; in 1972, the sentence for all California Death Row inmates is commuted to life imprisonment.
April 10 – Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia opens.
April 12 – Palestinians retreat from Amman to the north of Jordan.
The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Mujibnagor.
Libya, Syria and Egypt sign an agreement to form a confederation.
The government of Bangladesh flees to India.
Sierra Leone becomes a republic.
The Soviet Union launches Salyut 1.
Followers of Charles Manson, the Manson Family, are sentenced to the gas chamber.
Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education: The Supreme Court of the United States rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
Cambodian Prime Minister Lon Nol resigns, but remains effectively in power until the next elections.
Siaka Stevens is elected the first president of Sierra Leone.
François Duvalier, president of Haiti, dies; his son Jean-Claude Duvalier follows him as president-for-life.
Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
Five hundred thousand people in Washington, D.C. and 125,000 in San Francisco march in protest against the Vietnam War.
Todor Zhivkov is re-elected as the leader of the Bulgarian Communist Party.
Franz Jonas is re-elected as president of Austria.
April 26 – The government of Turkey declares a state of siege in 11 provinces, Ankara included, due to violent demonstrations.
April 28 – The first number of Il Manifesto is issued in Italy.
April 29 – Bolivia nationalizes the American-owned Matilde zinc mine.
April 30 – The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA World Championship, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in 4 straight games.
Main article: May 1971
Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the United States.
The Ceylonese government promises amnesty for those guerillas who surrender before April 5.
May 2 – In Ceylon, left-wing guerillas launch a series of assaults against public buildings.
Arsenal F.C. wins the English Division 1 football league championship at the home of their bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, with Ray Kennedy scoring the winner. (Arsenal will go on to win the league and cup ‘double’ six days later by defeating Liverpool in the FA Cup final).
The Harris Poll claims that 60% of Americans are against the Vietnam War.
East German leader Walter Ulbricht resigns as Communist Party leader but retains the position of head of state.
1971 May Day Protests: Anti-war militants attempt to disrupt government business in Washington, D.C.; police and military units arrest as many as 12,000, most of whom are later released.
May 5 – The US dollar floods the European currency markets and threatens especially the Deutsche Mark; the central banks of Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland stop the currency trading.
May 6 – The Ceylon government begins a major offensive against the People’s Liberation Front.
Arsenal FC beats Liverpool F.C. 2-1 to win the English FA Cup, thus completing the league and cup ‘double’.
Mariner 8 fails to launch.
May 12 – An earthquake in Turkey destroys most of the city of Burdur.
May 15 – Efraim Elrom, Israeli ambassador to Turkey, is kidnapped; he is found killed in Istanbul May 25.
May 16 – A coup attempt is exposed and foiled in Egypt.
The U.S. Congress formally votes to end funding for the American Supersonic Transport program.
The Montréal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Canadiens became only the second team in NHL history to win the Cup in game 7 on the road, and did so after the home team won each of the previous six games in the series. This also marked the last NHL game that the late Jean Béliveau played.
May 19 – Mars probe program: Mars 2 is launched by the Soviet Union.
May 22 – An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey – more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.
May 23 – An air crash at Rijeka Airport, Yugoslavia kills 78 people, mostly British tourists.
Austria and the People’s Republic of China establish diplomatic relations.
Qantas agrees to pay $500,000 to bomb hoaxer-extortionist Mr. Brown (Peter Macari), who is later arrested.
Six armed passengers hijack a Romanian passenger plane and force it to fly to Vienna.
Christie’s auctions a diamond known as Deepdene; it is later found to be artificially colored.
May 28 – Portugal resigns from UNESCO.
May 30 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched toward Mars.
May 31 – The birth of Bangladesh is declared by the government in exile, in territory formerly part of Pakistan.
Main article: June 1971
June – Massachusetts passes its Chapter 766 laws enacting Special Education.
June 1 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, claiming to represent the majority of U.S. veterans who served in Southeast Asia, speak against war protests.
Soyuz program: Soyuz 11 (Vladislav Volkov, Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev) is launched.
A midair collision between Hughes Airwest Flight 706 Douglas DC-9 jetliner and a U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom jet fighter near Duarte, California, claims 50 lives.
The U.S. ends its trade embargo of China.
Corpus Thursday: A student rally on the streets of Mexico City is roughly dispersed.
June 11 – Neville Bonner becomes the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the Australian Parliament.
Vietnam War: The New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers. (1).
Gijs van Lennep (The Netherlands) and co-driver Helmut Marko (Austria) win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Martini Racing Porsche 917K.
June 14 – Norway begins oil production in the North Sea.
Representatives of Japan and the United States sign the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, whereby the U.S. will return control of Okinawa.(4)
President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs.
June 18 – Southwest Airlines, a low-cost carrier, begins its first flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
June 20 – Britain announces that Soviet space scientist Anatoli Fedoseyev has been granted asylum.
June 21 – Britain begins new negotiations for EEC membership in Luxembourg.
June 25 – Madagascar accuses the U.S. of being connected to the plot to oust the government; the U.S. recalls its ambassador.
June 27 – Concert promoter Bill Graham closes the legendary Fillmore East, which first opened on 2nd Avenue (between 5th and 6th Streets) in New York City on March 8, 1968.
June 28 – Assassin Jerome A. Johnson shoots Joe Colombo, boss of his eponymous crime family, in the head in a middle of an Italian-American rally, putting him in a coma.
After a successful mission aboard Salyut 1, the world’s first manned space station, the crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft die after their air supply leaks out through a faulty valve.
New York Times Co. v. United States: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Pentagon Papers may be published, rejecting government injunctions as unconstitutional prior restraint.
The classical musical fantasy family film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, based on the novel Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and starring Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson is released.
Main article: July 1971
July – Nordic Council secretariat inaugurated.
July 3 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France.
July 4 – Michael S. Hart posts the first e-book, a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s mainframe computer, the origin of Project Gutenberg.(5)
July 5 – Right to vote: The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, formally certified by President Richard Nixon, lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.
July 6 – Hastings Banda is proclaimed President for Life of Malawi.
July 9 – The United Kingdom increases its troops in Northern Ireland to 11,000.
July 10–11 – Coup attempt in Morocco: 1,400 cadets take over the king’s palace for three hours and kill 28 people; 158 rebels die when the king’s troops storm the palace (ten high-ranking officers are later executed for involvement).
July 10 – Gloria Steinem makes her Address to the Women of America.
July 11 – Copper mines in Chile are nationalized.
Ólafur Jóhannesson forms a government in Iceland.
Jordanian army troops launch an offensive against Palestinian guerillas in Jordan.
The Yugoslavian government begins allowing foreign companies to take their profits from the country.
Paced by a prodigious home run by Reggie Jackson, which hits a transformer on the roof of Tiger Stadium, the American League defeats the National League 6-4 in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Detroit.
July 14 – Libya severs its diplomatic ties with Morocco.
July 15 – American President Richard Nixon announces his 1972 visit to China.
July 17 – Italy and Austria sign a treaty that ends the schism about South Tyrol.
July 18 – The Trucial States are formed in the Persian Gulf.
July 19 – The South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City is topped out at 1,362 feet (415 m), making it the second tallest building in the world.
July 19–23 – Major Hashem al-Atta ousts Jaafar Muhammad al-Nimeiri in a military coup in Sudan. Fighting continues until on July 22, when pro-Nimeiri troops win. Al-Atta and three officers are executed.
July 22 – A partial solar eclipse was visible from Asia and North America, and was the 70th and final solar eclipse of Solar Saros 116.
July 24 – Georgina Rizk of Lebanon will be crowned Miss Universe 1971.
July 25–30 – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli records in Munich two Debussy works for Deutsche Grammophon; it is his fifth recording.
July 26 – Apollo 15 (carrying astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin) is launched.
July 28 – Abdel Khaliq Mahjub, Sudanese communist leader, is hanged.
July 29 – The United Kingdom opts out of the Space Race, with the cancellation of its Black Arrow launch vehicle.
July 30 – In Japan, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 collides with a Japanese fighter jet; 162 people are killed.
July 31 – Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in the Lunar Roving Vehicle, a day after landing on the Moon.
Main article: August 1971
August – Camden, New Jersey erupts in race riots following the beating death of a Puerto Rican motorist by city police. Looting and arson occurred. This is a turning point in Camden’s decline to one of the poorest and highest-crime municipalities in the United States. Camden was, however, the site of a 1949 shooting rampage by Howard Unruh, considered by some to be the first mass murderer in the United States. The riots result in the demise of Camden’s Sears and A&P branches. Also in 1971, Philadelphia International Records is established, with Camden native Leon Huff as co-founder.
August 1 – In New York City, 40,000 attend The Concert for Bangladesh.
August 2 – J. C. Penney debuts its trademark Helvetica wordmark which has been used ever since.
August 5 – The South Pacific Forum (SPF) is established.
August 6 – A total lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed, was visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and was the 38th lunar eclipse of Lunar Saros 128.
August 7 – Apollo 15 returns to Earth.
India signs a 20-year treaty of friendship and cooperation with the Soviet Union.
Internment in Northern Ireland: British security forces arrest hundreds of nationalists and detain them without trial in Long Kesh prison; 20 people die in the riots that follow.
August 10 – Mr. Tickle, the first book in the Mr. Men series is first published.
August 11 – Construction begins on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Three thousand people from Belfast and Derry flee to the Republic of Ireland because of the violence.(citation needed)
Syria severs diplomatic relations with Jordan because of border clashes.
British troops are stationed on the Ireland border to stop arms smuggling.
Bahrain declares independence as the State of Bahrain (As of 2018 officially the Kingdom of Bahrain).
Jackie Stewart becomes Formula One World Drivers’ Champion in the Tyrrell 003-Cosworth.
The number of British troops in Northern Ireland is raised to 12,500.
President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system. He also imposes a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
British troops are engaged in a firefight with the IRA in Derry, Northern Ireland.
August 19–22 – A right-wing coup ignites a rebellion in Bolivia. Miners and students join troops to support president Juan José Torres, but eventually Hugo Banzer takes over.
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat) (effective February 12, 1973).
The USS Manatee spills 1,000 US gallons (3,800 L) of fuel oil on President Nixon’s Western White House beach in San Clemente, California.
A partial solar eclipse was visible from Southern Ocean, and was the 4th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 154.
August 21 – A bomb made of two hand grenades by communist rebels explodes in the Liberal Party campaign party in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila the Philippines, injuring several anti-Marcos political candidates.
Border clashes occur between Tanzania and Uganda.
Bangladesh and eastern Bengal are flooded; thousands flee the area.
August 26 – A civilian government takes power in Greece.
August 30 – The Progressive Conservatives under Peter Lougheed defeat the Social Credit government under Harry E. Strom in a general election, ending 36 years of uninterrupted power for Social Credit in Alberta.
Main article: September 1971
September – Operation Sourisak Montry VIII opens when forces of the Royal Thai Army recapture several positions in the territory of Laos on the south bank of the Mekong in response to an encroaching Chinese presence to the north.
Qatar gains independence from the United Kingdom. Unlike most nearby emirates, Qatar declines to become part of either the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia.
Manlio Brosio resigns as NATO Secretary General.
September 4 – A Boeing 727 (Alaska Airlines Flight 1866) crashes into the side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
September 8 – In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
September 9–13 – Attica Prison riot: – A revolt breaks out at the maximum-security prison in Attica, New York. In the end, state police and the United States National Guard storm the facility; 42 are killed, 10 of them hostages.
September 17 – Hugo L. Black retires as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States after serving for 34 years, at the time a record for longevity. Black died eight days later.
September 19 – Trams in Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) cease to run.
September 21 – Pakistan declares a state of emergency.
September 24 – Britain expels 90 KGB and GRU officials; 15 are not allowed to return.
September 27–October 11 – Japanese Emperor Hirohito travels abroad.
September 28 – Cardinal József Mindszenty, who has taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest since 1956, is allowed to leave Hungary.
September 29 – A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian state of Odisha, kills 10,000.
Main article: October 1971
Over a four-day period, Pink Floyd recorded their groundbreaking film, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii.
October 1 – Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida.
October 13 – The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in Game 4 of the World Series at home in the first ever Major League Baseball postseason game played at night. The Pirates defeated the Orioles 2-1 in the decisive Game 7 at Baltimore four days later.
October 14 – Greenpeace is founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
October 18 – In New York City, the Knapp Commission begins public hearings on police corruption.
U.S. President Richard Nixon nominates Lewis Franklin Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Clarkston explosion in Scotland kills 22 people.
October 24 – Texas Stadium opens in Irving, Texas. In the inaugural game, the host Dallas Cowboys defeat the New England Patriots 44-21.
October 25 – The United Nations General Assembly admits the People’s Republic of China and expels the Republic of China (or Taiwan).
October 27 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
The House of Commons of the United Kingdom votes 356–244 in favour of joining the European Economic Community.
The United Kingdom becomes the sixth nation successfully to launch a satellite into orbit using its own launch vehicle, the Prospero (X-3) experimental communications satellite, using a Black Arrow carrier rocket from Woomera, South Australia.
The Khedivial Opera House in Cairo (Egypt) burns down.
October 29 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: The total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest since January 1966).
October 30 – Rev. Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party is founded in Northern Ireland.
October 31 – A bomb explodes at the top of the Post Office Tower in London.
Main article: November 1971
Erin Pizzey establishes the world’s first domestic violence shelter in Chiswick, London.(6)(7)
November 3 – The UNIX Programmer’s Manual is published.
November 6 – Operation Grommet: The U.S. tests a thermonuclear warhead at Amchitka Island in Alaska, code-named Project Cannikin. At around 5 megatons, it is the largest ever U.S. underground detonation.
November 8 – Led Zeppelin releases their fourth studio album Led Zeppelin IV, which goes on to sell 23,000,000 copies in the United States.
November 9 – A Royal Air Force C-130 crashes into the Ligurian Sea near Leghorn, Italy, killing all 51 people on board.
November 10 – In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging 9 airplanes.
November 12 – Vietnam War – Vietnamization: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1, 1972, as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam.
November 13 – Mariner program: Mariner 9 becomes the first spacecraft to enter Mars orbit successfully.
November 14 – Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria is enthroned.
Intel releases the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
International Organization and System of Space Communications (Intersputnik) (effective July 12, 1972).
November 18 – Oman gains independence from the United Kingdom.
November 20 – A bridge still in construction, called Elevado Engenheiro Freyssinet, falls over the Paulo de Frontin Avenue, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 48 people are killed and several injured. Reconstructed, the bridge is a part of the Linha Vermelha elevate.
November 22 – In Britain’s worst mountaineering tragedy, the Cairngorm Plateau Disaster, five children and one of their leaders are found dead from exposure in the Scottish mountains.
November 23 – The People’s Republic of China takes the Republic of China’s seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
During a severe storm over Washington State, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he had hijacked, with US$200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history).
A Brussels court sentences pretender Alexis Brimeyer to 18 months in jail for falsely using a noble title; Brimeyer has already fled to Greece.
November 28 – The 59th Grey Cup Game sees the Calgary Stampeders beat the Toronto Argonauts 14-11.
November 30 – Iranian forces occupy the Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa (joint occupation by agreement with Sharjah) and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs (taken by force from Ras Al Khaimah).(8)
Main article: December 1971
December 1 – Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray, 10 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh.
Six of the seven Trucial States combine in an act of union to found the United Arab Emirates.
The Soviet Mars 3 lander reaches the surface of Mars, transmits for a few seconds and then goes silent. It is the first spacecraft to reach the planet.
December 3 – The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins with Operation Chengiz Khan as Pakistan launches preemptive attacks on nine Indian airbases. The next day India launches a massive invasion of East Pakistan.
December 3–4 – The Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi (former USS Diablo) sinks mysteriously near the Indian coast while laying mines.
The Montreux Casino burns down during a Frank Zappa concert (the event is memorialized in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water"). The casino is rebuilt in 1975.
The McGurk’s Bar bombing by the Ulster Volunteer Force in Belfast kills 15.
December 7 – Battle of Sylhet rages between the Pakistani military and the Mukti Bahini.(9)
December 8 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the 7th Fleet to move towards the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
December 10 – The John Sinclair Freedom Rally in support of the imprisoned activist features a performance by John Lennon at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
December 11 – Nihat Erim forms the new government of Turkey (34th government; Nihat Erim has served two times as prime minister).
December 16 – Victory Day of Bangladesh: The Pakistan Army in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) surrenders to the joint forces of India and the Bengali nationalist separatists, ending the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The U.S. dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
The world’s largest hydroelectric plant in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union, begins operations.
Clube Atlético Mineiro wins the Brazil Football Championship.
Intelsat IV (F3) is launched; it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean February 18, 1972.
The controversial dystopian crime film A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick is released in New York City.
December 20 – Two groups of French doctors involved in humanitarian aid merge to form Médecins Sans Frontières.
Giovanni Leone is elected President of the Italian Republic.
Juliane Koepcke survives a fall of 10,000 feet following disintegration of LANSA Flight 508.
In the longest American football game in National Football League history, the Miami Dolphins beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 after 82 minutes, 40 seconds of playing time. Garo Yepremian kicked the winning 37-yard field goal after 7:40 of the second overtime period.
A fire at a 22-story hotel in Seoul, South Korea kills 158 people.
December 29 – The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.
December 30 – The first McDonald’s in Australia opens in Yagoona, Sydney.
Ray Tomlinson sends the first ARPANET e-mail between host computers.
The Free State of Christiania is founded.
Seychelles International Airport in Victoria, Seychelles (Mahe) is completed.
Crude oil production peaks in the continental United States at approximately 4.5 million barrels per day (720,000 m3/d).
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is established in the United States.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is established in the United States.
The British crime magazine Master Detective, in an attempt to capitalize on the murder of Diane Maxwell, illegally takes photo negatives from Houston, Texas and uses them for a 1971 edition.
Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi, becomes the first Black President to visit South Africa.
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Mary J. Blige
Sammie Henson, American wrestler, Olympic silver medalist
Bridget Pettis, American basketball player
Taye Diggs, American actor
Renée Elise Goldsberry, American actress, singer and songwriter
Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
January 3 – Cory Cross, Canadian ice hockey player
January 5 – Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress
DJ Ötzi, Austrian entertainer and singer
Jeremy Renner, American actor, singer and producer
MF Doom, rapper
Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey player
January 11 – Mary J. Blige, American singer
January 12 – Jay Burridge, British artist and television presenter
January 14 – Lasse Kjus, Norwegian alpine skier
January 15 – Regina King, American actress
January 17 – Kid Rock, American rock singer
Jonathan Davis, American musician (Korn)
Pep Guardiola, Spanish football player and manager of Manchester City F.C.
Seamus O’Regan, Canadian-Irish politician and television personality
Fabian Ribauw, Nauruan politician
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan writer (d. 2019)
January 19 – Shawn Wayans, American actor
January 20 – Gary Barlow, British singer-songwriter
Darren Frost, Canadian actor
Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
January 24 – Stanislas Merhar, French actor
January 25 – Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
January 26 – Li Ming, Chinese footballer and football executive
Fann Wong, Singaporean Chinese actress, model and singer
Lil Jon, American rapper and producer
Karin Tammaru, Estonian actress
January 29 – Clare Balding, British sports presenter
January 30 – Lizzie Grubman, American publicist
Patrick "Pat" Kielty, Northern Irish comedian and television presenter
Lee Young-ae, South Korean actress
Patricia Velásquez, Venezuelan actress and model
Michael C. Hall
Rebecca Creskoff, American actress
Michael C. Hall, American actor
Hynden Walch, American voice actress
Kevin Symons, American actor
Andrus Veerpalu, Estonian cross-country skier
Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
Jayne Middlemiss, English television and radio presenter
Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
Fatmir Limaj, Albanian politician
February 5 – David Chisum, American actor
February 6 – Brian Stepanek, American actor
February 9 – Sharon Case, American model and actress
Lorena Rojas, Mexican actress (d. 2015)
Lisa Marie Varon, American professional wrestler
Annie Wood, American actress, writer and television personality
Damian Lewis, English actor and producer
Susi Susanti, Indonesian badminton player
February 12 – Scott Menville, American actor and voice actor
February 13 – Mats Sundin, Swedish ice hockey player
Kris Aquino, Filipina actress
Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler
Viscera, American professional wrestler (d. 2014)
Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer and actress
Alex Borstein, American actress, voice artist, producer, and screenwriter
Renee O’Connor, American actress
Dan Green, American voice actor and voice director
Amanda Holden, British actress
February 17 – Denise Richards, American actress
February 18 – Thomas Bjørn, Danish golfer
February 19 – Gil Shaham, Israeli/American violinist
Calpernia Addams, American actress
Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer
Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby football player (d. 2017)
February 21 – Randy Blythe, American heavy metal singer (Lamb of God)
February 22 – Lea Salonga, Filipino singer and actress
February 23 – Melinda Messenger, English television presenter
Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
Gillian Flynn, American author, comic book writer, and screenwriter
Sean Astin, American actor
Nova Peris, Australian athlete and politician
Daniel Powter, Canadian rock musician
Erykah Badu, American singer-songwriter and record producer
Max Martin, Swedish music producer and songwriter
February 27 – Rozonda Thomas, African-American singer
Zaal Udumashvili, Georgian politician
Amanda Davis, American writer and teacher (d. 2003)
Tristan Louis, French Internet entrepreneur
Allen Johnson, American Olympic athlete
Ma Dong-seok, Korean American actor
Roman Čechmánek, Czech hockey goalie
Method Man, American rapper, record producer, and actor
Karel Rada, Czech footballer
Manami Toyota, Japanese professional wrestler
March 3 – Charlie Brooker, English satirist and writer
Iain Baird, Canadian soccer player
Shavar Ross, American actor and filmmaker
March 5 – Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor
March 6 – Val Venis, Canadian professional wrestler
Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
Kali Troy, American voice actress
Kinga Rusin, Polish journalist
Diego Torres, Argentine singer
Mike DelGuidice, American musician and singer/songwriter
Jon Hamm, American actor, director and producer
Daryle Singletary, American country singer (d. 2018)
March 11 – Johnny Knoxville, American actor, comedian, and stunt performer
March 15 – Chris Patton, American voice actor
March 16 – Alan Tudyk, American actor and voice actor
Iben Hjejle, Danish actress
Keegan-Michael Key, American actor, writer, and comedian
Will Yun Lee, Korean-American actor
Karen McDougal, American model
Alexander Selivanov, Russian ice hockey player
March 26 – Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian scientist
David Coulthard, Scottish racing driver
Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor
Attila Csihar, Hungarian vocalist
Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary
Pavel Bure, Russian ice hockey player
Craig McCracken, American animator
Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor
April 1 – Jessica Collins, American actress
Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis player
Zeebra, Japanese rapper
David Michael Barrett, American screenwriter and film producer
Picabo Street, American skier
April 9 – Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian 1997 Formula 1 world champion
April 11 – Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein)
April 12 – Shannen Doherty, American actress
April 14 – Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer (d. 2012)
April 15 – Kate Harbour, English voice actress
Peter Billingsley, American actor, director and producer
Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
Selena, Mexican-American singer (d. 1995)
David Tennant, Scottish actor
Fredro Starr, American rapper
Samantha Cameron, British businesswoman
Scott McCord, Canadian voice actor
Wendy Powell, American voice actress
Carla Geurts, Dutch swimmer
Allan Houston, American basketball player
Mikey Welsh, American musician and artist (d. 2011)
April 22 – Daisuke Enomoto, first Japanese space tourist
April 23 – D.B. Weiss, American television producer and writer, and novelist
Alejandro Fernández, Mexican singer
Adrian Simpson, British television presenter
Markus Beyer, German Olympic boxer (d. 2018)
Bridget Moynahan, American actress
Darby Stanchfield, American actress
Tamara Johnson-George, American singer
Siniša Vuco, Croatian musician
April 30 – John Boyne, Irish novelist
Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer
Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
May 5 – Dresta, American rapper
May 8 – Ross Anderson, American pro speed skier
Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (d. 2017)
May 12 – Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
May 14 – Sofia Coppola, American filmmaker
May 15 – Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
Vernie Bennett, English singer (Eternal)
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Peter Boström, Swedish music producer and songwriter, co-writer of Euphoria
Stephanie Nadolny, American voice actress and singer
May 20 – Tony Stewart, American race car driver
May 21 – Aditya Chopra, Indian film director, producer and distributor
May 23 – George Osborne, British politician
Vivianne Pasmanter, Brazilian actress
Emily Hamilton, British actress
May 25 – Kristina Orbakaitė, Lithuanian-Russian singer and actress
May 26 – Matt Stone, American actor and producer
Mathew Batsiua, Nauruan politician
Paul Bettany, British actor
Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
Lisa Lopes, African-American rapper (TLC) (d. 2002)
May 28 – Marco Rubio, Cuban-American politician, U.S Senator (R-Fl.)
John Ross Bowie, American actor and comedian
Idina Menzel, American singer, songwriter and actress
Mario Cimarro, Cuban actor and singer
Georgie Gardner, Australian journalist
Fadli Zon, Indonesian politician and the current deputy speaker of the Indonesian People’s Representative Council
June 3 – Benedict Wong, English actor
Joseph Kabila, 4th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Noah Wyle, American actor
Susan Lynch, Northern Irish actress
Robert Melson, American murderer (d. 2017)
Mark Wahlberg, American actor, producer, businessman, model and rapper known as Marky Mark
Jeff Douglas, Canadian actor
Troy Vincent, American football player
June 9 – Uladzimir Zhuravel, Belarusian football player and coach (d. 2018)
Bobby Jindal, American politician
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
Kyle Sandilands, Australian DJ, Australian Idol judge and TV presenter
June 11 – Kenjiro Tsuda, Japanese voice actor
Arman Alizad, Finnish tailor, columnist and TV personality
Mark Henry, American professional wrestler, Olympian
Jake Busey, American actor, musician, and film producer
Isménia do Frederico, Cape Verdean sprinter
Taavi Eelmaa, Estonian actor
Eva Püssa, Estonian actress
Tupac Shakur, African-American rapper and actor (d. 1996)
June 17 – Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer
June 18 – Nathan Morris, African-American singer (Boyz II Men)
June 20 – Josh Lucas, American actor
June 21 – Anette Olzon, Swedish singer (Nightwish, Alyson Avenue)
June 22 – Kurt Warner, American football player
June 24 – Ji Jin-hee, South Korean actor
Angela Kinsey, American actress
Neil Lennon, Northern Irish footballer
Jason Lewis, American actor and former fashion model
Scott Maslen, English actor
June 26 – Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
Marcelo Faustini, Brazilian singer
King Dipendra of Nepal (d. 2001)
Kieren Keke, Nauruan politician
Fabien Barthez, French football player
Norika Fujiwara, Japanese actress and television personality
Elon Musk, South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor
Aileen Quinn, American actress
Matthew Good, Canadian musician
Junko Noda, Japanese voice actress
Megan Fahlenbock, Canadian voice actress
Jamie McLennan, retired professional ice hockey goaltender, radio sports analyst
Agvaansamdangiin Sükhbat, Mongolian wrestler
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
Amira Casar, French actress
Missy Elliott, African-American rapper and singer-songwriter
Julian Assange, Australian activist
Vik Sahay, Canadian actor
Benedict Wong, English actor
July 4 – Al Madrigal, American comedian, writer, actor and producer
July 7 – Christian Camargo, American actor, producer, writer and director
Marc Andreessen, American software developer
Marcel Blaguet Ledjou, Ivorian Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee
Scott Grimes, American actor
John Juanda, Indonesian-American professional poker player
July 10 – Aaron D. Spears, American actor
Brett Hauer, American ice hockey player
Park Hyuk-kwon, South Korean actor
Robert Allenby, Australian golfer
Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater
July 13 – Craig Elliott, American illustrator
Alison Bartlett-O’Reilly, American actress
Mark LoMonaco, American professional wrestler
Joey Styles, American professional wrestling announcer
Howard Webb, English referee
July 15 – Jim Rash, American actor
Corey Feldman, American actor
Ed Kowalczyk, American singer-songwriter
Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
Benjamin Herrmann, German film producer and distributor
Penny Hardaway, American basketball player
Joseph Russo, American film and television director
Andrew Kavovit, American actor
Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer and politician
Sandra Oh, Korean actress
DJ Screw, American hip hop DJ (d. 2000)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actress and singer-songwriter
Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
Ahmed Ezz, Egyptian actor
Alison Krauss, American country singer
Scott Krippayne, American Christian musician
Scott Cawthon, American independent video game developer and animator
Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi cricketer
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi Islamic extremist leader (d. 2019)
Jeffrey S. Williams, American sportswriter
Tom Green, Canadian entertainer
Mzukisi Sikali, South African triple world champion boxer (d. 2005)
Juan Camilo Mouriño
Yvette Nicole Brown
August 1 – Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican politician (d. 2008)
Alice Evans, British actress
Michael Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
August 4 – Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
August 5 – Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister and European Commissioner
Yo-Yo, African-American rapper
Merrin Dungey, American actress
August 8 – Ali Liebegott, American author and poet
August 9 – James Kim, American television personality and technology analyst (d. 2006)
Fábio Assunção, Brazilian actor
Roy Keane, Irish footballer
Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban amateur boxer
Justin Theroux, American actor
Michael Ian Black, American actor and comedian
Yvette Nicole Brown, African-American actress and comedian
Patrick Carpentier, Canadian race car driver
Pete Sampras, American tennis player
Phil Western, Canadian musician (d. 2019)
Moritz Bleibtreu, German actor
Heike Makatsch, German actress
Anthony Kearns, Irish tenor
Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
August 18 – Aphex Twin, Irish-born British electronic musician
August 19 – Guido Cantz, German television presenter
August 20 – David Walliams, English comedy actor
Robert Harvey, Australian rules footballer
Liam Howlett, English musician
Richard Armitage, English actor
Benoît Violier, French-born chef (d. 2016)
Crash Holly, American wrestler (d. 2003)
Ayumi Miyazaki, Japanese singer
Peter Oldring, Canadian voice actor
Gaynor Faye, British actress
Thalía, Mexican actress and singer
August 27 – Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
Janet Evans, American swimmer
Daniel Goddard, Australian actor and model
August 29 – Carla Gugino, American actress
Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
Chris Tucker, American actor and comedian
Jada Pinkett Smith
September 1 – Hakan Şükür, Turkish footballer
Kjetil André Aamodt, Norwegian alpine skier
Arnold Arre, Filipino graphic novelist
Tommy Maddox, American football player
Shauna Sand, American model and actress
September 4 – Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress
September 6 – Dolores O’Riordan, Irish singer (The Cranberries) (d. 2018)
September 7 – Shane Mosley, African-American professional boxer
David Arquette, American actor
Brooke Burke-Charvet, American model
Martin Freeman, English actor
Eric Stonestreet, American actor
Henry Thomas, American actor
September 11 – Richard Ashcroft, English musician and singer (The Verve)
September 13 – Stella McCartney, British fashion designer, daughter of Paul McCartney
Christopher McCulloch, American actor and voice actor
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, American actress
André Matos, Brazilian singer (d. 2019)
September 15 – Colleen Villard, American voice actress
September 16 – Amy Poehler, American actress
September 17 – Jens Voigt, German cyclist
Lance Armstrong, American cyclist
Anna Netrebko, Russian operatic soprano
Jada Pinkett Smith, African-American actress, singer, and songwriter
September 19 – Sanaa Lathan, African-American actress
September 20 – Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer
Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor, television director, dancer, and host of America’s Funniest Home Videos
Luke Wilson, American actor
Chesney Hawkes, English singer-songwriter
Ted Leonard, American singer (Enchant)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr., African-American actor
September 23 – Lee Mi-yeon, South Korean actress
September 24 – Michael S. Engel, American paleontologist and entomologist
September 25 – Jessie Wallace, English actress
September 27 – Horacio Sandoval, Mexican artist
September 29 – Sibel Tüzün, Turkish pop/rock/jazz singer
Jenna Elfman, American actress
Jeff Whitty, American playwright
Sacha Baron Cohen
Chris Savino, American animator, creator of The Loud House.
Xavier Naidoo, German singer
Tiffany, American singer
Jim Root, American guitarist (Slipknot, ex-Stone Sour)
October 3 – Kevin Richardson, American pop singer
October 4 – Ridwan Kamil, Indonesian architect, politician and current governor of West Java
October 5 – Sam Vincent, Canadian voice actor and singer
Tiffany Mynx, American porn actress and director
Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist
October 11 – Aman Verma, Indian television anchor and actor
October 12 – Đàm Vĩnh Hưng, Vietnamese singer
Billy Bush, American radio and television host
Sacha Baron Cohen, English comedian and actor
Pyrros Dimas, Greek weightlifter
Andy Cole, English Footballer
Jorge Costa, Portuguese footballer
October 16 – Mirko Reisser (DAIM), German graffiti-artist
Martin Heinrich, American politician and U.S. Senator (D-New Mexico)
Chris Kirkpatrick, American singer (‘N Sync)
Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor and model (d. 2011)
Snoop Dogg, African-American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor
Rachel House, New Zealand actress and comedian
Dannii Minogue, Australian singer
October 21 – Jade Jagger, English jewelry designer
October 23 – Bohuslav Sobotka, 11th Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Caprice Bourret, American model and actress
Aaron Bailey, American football player
Gustavo Jorge, Argentina rugby union player
Zephyr Teachout, American academic
Diane Guthrie-Gresham, Jamaican track and field athletes
Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress and singer
Midori Gotō, Japanese violinist
Pedro Martínez, Dominican baseball player
Craig Robinson, African-American actor, comedian and singer
Jim Butcher, American author
Anthony Rapp, American actor and singer
Chiara Badano, Italian Roman Catholic religious teenager and blessed (d. 1990)
Winona Ryder, American actress
October 30 – Peter New, Canadian actor, voice actor and screenwriter
Piret Laurimaa, Estonian actress
Dylan Moran, Irish comedian, actor, and writer
Unai Emery, Spanish football manager and former player
Jonathan Blow, American video game designer and programmer
November 4 – Tabu, Indian actress
November 5 – Jonny Greenwood, English musician and composer
Robin Finck, American guitarist
Rituparna Sengupta, Indian actress
Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director
Tech N9ne, American rapper
Benjamin King, American actor
Big Pun, American/Latin rapper (d. 2000)
Fahri Hamzah, Indonesian politician and the current deputy speaker of the Indonesian People’s Representative Council
Niki Karimi, Iranian actress and movie director
November 11 – David DeLuise, American actor
Yasuo Aiuchi, Japanese snowboarder
Chen Guangcheng, Chinese civil rights activist
Gert Thys, South African long-distance runner
Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricketer
Marco Leonardi, Italian actor
November 16 – Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer
November 17 – Michael Adams, British chess player
November 18 – Özlem Tekin, Turkish singer
Justin Chancellor, British musician (Tool, Peach)
Sundeep Malani, Indian film director
Dion Nash, New Zealand cricket captain
Joel McHale, Italian-born American actor
November 21 – Michael Strahan, American-German television personality and American football player
Crystal Scales, American actress and singer
Kyran Bracken, English rugby player
Lisa Arch, American actress and comedian
Chris Hardwick, American actor and comedian
November 24 – Keith Primeau, Canadian hockey player
Christina Applegate, American actress
Magnus Arvedson, Swedish hockey player
November 27 – Kirk Acevedo, American actor
November 28 – Fenriz, Norwegian musician
November 29 – Naoko Mori, English-Japanese actress
Jessalyn Gilsig, Canadian actress
Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez, Puerto Rican baseball player and actor
Jason Keng-Kwin Chan, Malaysian-Australian actor
Emily Mortimer, English actress and screenwriter
December 2 – Mine Yoshizaki, Japanese manga artist
December 5 – Kali Rocha, American actress
Helena Bulaja, Croatian multimedia artist
Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player
Katariina Unt, Estonian actress
Ryan White, American AIDS activist (d. 1990)
Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
Larisa Alexandrovna, Ukrainian-American feminist
DeObia Oparei, English actor
December 8 – Abdullah Ercan, Turkish football player
Daniel Betts, British actor
Michele Mahone, American television entertainment reporter and former make-up artist and hair stylist
December 12 – Sammy Korir, Kenyan long-distance runner
December 13 – Henry Dittman, American actor and voice actor
Monica Lee Gradischek, American actress and voice actress
Arne Quinze, Belgian conceptual artist
Michael McCary, African-American singer (Boyz II Men)
Paul van Dyk, German dance music DJ, musician and record producer
Sinan Akkuş, Turkish-German actor
Alan Khan, South African media and radio personality
Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
Jason Hughes, Welsh actor
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player
December 19 – Amy Locane, American actress
December 20 – Simon O’Neill, New Zealand opera singer
December 21 – Natalie Grant, American singer and songwriter
December 22 – Khalid Khannouchi, Moroccan long-distance runner
Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English socialite (d. 2017)
Giorgos Alkaios, Greek recording artist
Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler
Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer
Dido, English singer
Ain Mäeots, Estonian actor and director
Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada
December 26 – Jared Leto, American actor and musician (Thirty Seconds to Mars)
Savannah Guthrie, American television host and anchor
Sergei Bodrov Jr., Russian actor (d. 2002)
December 28 – Machiko Toyoshima, Japanese voice actress
December 31 – Brent Barry, American basketball player
Vic Pratt, English writer
Further information: Category:1971 deaths
January 3 – Carlo Braga, Italian Salesian priest, missionary, and servant of God (b. 1889)
January 4 – Arthur Ford, American psychic spiritual medium, clairaudient (b. 1896)
January 5 – Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (b. 1899)
January 9 – Elmer Flick, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1876)
January 10 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (b. 1883)
January 12 – John Tovey, British admiral (b. 1885)
January 14 – Guillermo de Torre, Spanish Dadaist author (b. 1900)
January 15 – John Dall, American actor (b. 1918)
January 20 – Gilbert M. ‘Broncho Billy’ Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)
January 23 – Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1875)
St. John Greer Ervine, Northern Irish dramatist and author (b. 1883)
Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson), co-founder Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
Barry III, Guinean politician (b. 1923)
Hermann Hoth, German general (b. 1885)
Isobel Lennart, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
January 27 – Jacobo Árbenz, 19th President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
January 28 – Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
January 30 – Dalisay Lazaga, Filipino Canossian sister and teacher (b. 1940)
January 31 – Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (b. 1891)
Robert Gordon, American actor (b. 1895)
Raoul Hausmann, Austrian Dadaist artist (b. 1886)
February 2 – Secundino Zuazo, Spanish architect and city planner (b. 1887)
February 3 – Jay C. Flippen, American actor (b. 1899)
Brock Chisholm, Canadian physician, 1st Director-General of World Health Organization (b. 1896)
Charles Lahr, German-born anarchist, London bookseller and publisher (b. 1885)
Samuel Fox, American music publisher and founder of the Sam Fox Publishing Company (b. 1884)
Mátyás Rákosi, former leader of the (Communist) Hungarian Working People’s Party and 43rd Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1892)
Lew "Sneaky Pete" Robinson, drag racer (b. 1933)(10)
February 8 – Charles Walter Simpson, English painter (b. 1885)
February 12 – James Cash Penney, American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of J. C. Penney (b. 1875)
February 13 – Emil Fuchs, German theologian (b. 1874)
February 17 – Adolf A. Berle, American lawyer, educator, author and diplomat (b. 1895)
February 18 – Jaime de Barros Câmara, Brazilian archbishop (b. 1894)
February 19 – Edwin North McClellan, United States Marine Corps officer, author and historian (b. 1881)
February 22 – William B. Hartsfield, American politician (b. 1890)
February 25 – Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
February 26 – Yahei Miura, Japanese athlete (b. 1895)
March 5 – Jean Grenier, French philosopher and writer (b. 1898)
March 6 – Herbert McLean Evans, U.S. anatomist and embryologist (b. 1882)
March 7 – Barney Balaban, American studio executive (b. 1887)
Harold Lloyd, American actor and filmmaker (b. 1893)
James Tait Plowden-Wardlaw, Vicar of St Clement’s Cambridge and a barrister (b. 1873)
Anthony Berkeley Cox, English writer (b. 1893)
Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (b. 1902)
Whitney Young, American civil rights leader (b. 1921)
Philo T. Farnsworth, American television pioneer (b. 1906)
C. D. Broad, English philosopher (b. 1887)
March 12 – David Burns, American actor (b. 1902)
Bebe Daniels, American actress (b. 1901)
Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of New York; American presidential candidate (b. 1902)
March 17 – Elizabeth Okie Paxton, American painter (b. 1877)
March 18 – Leland Hayward, American film and theatrical agent (b. 1902)
March 19 – Winifred Horrabin, British socialist activist and journalist (b. 1887)
March 22 – Nella Walker, American actress and vaudevillian (b. 1886)
March 23 – Basil Dearden, English film director (b. 1911)
Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect and designer (b. 1902)
Arthur Metcalfe, Australian public servant (b. 1895)
March 31 – Karl King, United States march music (b. 1891)
T. V. Soong
April 1 – Ramiro Arrue, Basque painter, illustrator, and ceramist (b. 1892)
April 3 – Joseph Valachi, American gangster (b. 1904)
Margaret Newton, Canadian plant pathologist and mycologist (b. 1887)
Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (b. 1882)
April 8 – Ivan Vurnik, Slovene architect (b. 1884)
April 12 – Igor Tamm, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1895)
April 13 – Juhan Smuul, Estonian writer (b. 1922)
April 15 – Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian writer and critic (b. 1886)
April 16 – William Eckert, Commissioner of American baseball (b. 1909)
April 17 – William Corbett, American attorney, acting Governor of Guam (b. 1902)
April 19 – Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (b. 1895)
April 20 – Cecil Parker, English actor (b. 1897)
François Duvalier, 32nd President of Haiti (b. 1907)
Edmund Lowe, American actor (b. 1890)
April 22 – Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford, Marshal of the Royal Air Force (b. 1893)
April 26 – T. V. Soong, former Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1891)
April 29 – Nikolai P. Barabashov, Russian astronomer (b.1894)
April 30 – Albin Stenroos, Finnish athlete (b. 1889)
Glenda Farrell, American actress (b. 1904)
Cheridah de Beauvoir Stocks, the second British woman to gain a Royal Aero Club aviator licence, in 1911 (b. 1887)
May 2 – Semaun, first chairman of the Communist Party of Indonesia (b. 1899)
May 6 – Helene Weigel, German actress (b. 1900)
May 8 – Frederick Sheffield, American Olympic rower – Men’s eights (b. 1902)
May 11 – Seán Lemass, 4th Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1899)
Harold Lea Fetherstonhaugh, Canadian architect (b. 1887)
Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler and actor (b. 1903)
Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
Goose Goslin, American baseball player (b. 1900)
Sir Tyrone Guthrie, English film director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
May 17 – Georg Muschner, German cinemagratopher (b. 1885)
G. Owen Bonawit, stained glass artist (b. 1891)
Bruno Villabruna, Italian lawyer and politician (b. 1884)
Ogden Nash, American poet (b. 1902)
Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch/American composer, conductor and violinist (b. 1894)
May 21 – Dennis King, English actor (b. 1897)
May 26 – Laurence Wild, American basketball player, coach, and 30th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1890)
May 27 – Chips Rafferty, Australian actor (b. 1909)
Eduardo Blanco Acevedo, Uruguayan political figure and physician (b. 1884)
Garnet Kearney, Canadian doctor, teacher, and pioneer (b. 1884)
Kim Iryeop, Korean writer, journalist, feminist activist, Buddhist nun (b. 1896)
Thomas McLaughlin, Irish engineer (b. 1896)
Audie Murphy, American World War II hero and actor (b. 1924)
Alfred Rose (bishop), the sixth Bishop of Dover in the modern era (b. 1884)
Miriam Soljak, New Zeal
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