1971: Attica, D.B. Cooper, San Fernando Earthquake, Pentagon Papers
By Patrick Mondout
A deadly riot at Attica, the successful
hijacking by D.B. Cooper, the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the
on-going protests against the Vietnam war, an earthquake
near Los Angeles, and a war between India and Pakistan were the major
stories on 1971.
January 1: Advertising of cigarettes on radio
and television ceases as the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act goes into
January 17: The Baltimore Colts defeat the
Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on a last second field goal in Super
January 25: Uganda's President Milton Obote is
overthrown by Idi Amin.
February 9: An
earthquake centered 40 miles north of Los Angeles leaves 64 dead.
March 14: Carole
King is the big winner at the Grammy
Awards held in Los Angeles.
April 17: The United States table tennis team
ends its week-long visit to China.
May 5: More than 12,000 were arrested during
three days of anti-war protests in the Washington, D.C. Thousands were
imprisoned in the Washington Coliseum.
June 30: Three
Soviet Soyuz 11 cosmonauts die when their oxygen supply leaks
due to a faulty valve during re-entry.
June 30: The Supreme Court gives the go ahead
for the New York Times and Washington Post to resume
publication of the Pentagon Papers.
July 1: Ratification of the
26th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted voting rights to
18-year-olds, was completed when the legislature of the 38th State, North
Carolina, ratified it.
July 3: Elections are held in Indonesia for the
first time in 16 years.
August 15: President Nixon orders a 90 day wage
and price freeze.
September 13: Over 1,000 state troopers storm
and take back the state prison in Attica, New York, leaving 10 hostages
and 30 convicts dead.
October 23: The United Nations recognizes the
communists in Peking (Beijing) as the legitimate government of China in a
vote opposed by the United States.
November 13: Mariner
9 becomes the first space probe to orbit another planet as it
November 15: The People's Republic of China
is seated at the United Nations for the first time.
November 24: Hijacker
D.B. Cooper parachutes out of a Northwest
Orient 727 with
$200,000 at 10,000 feet and is never seen again.
December 3: War breaks out between Pakistan and
India over Kashmir.
December 10: William Rehnquist becomes the
fourth Nixon Supreme Court appointee to be confirmed by Congress.
December 17: A 15-day war between India and
Pakistan over Bangladesh ends.
December 22: Austrian Kurt
Waldheim is chosen as secretary-general of the United Nations.