Top News Stories from 1971

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Willy Brandt (West Germany)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
Population: 207,660,677
Life expectancy: 71.1 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 41.6
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.7
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,125.40 billion
Federal spending: $210.17 billion
Federal debt $408.2 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $9,028 billion
Consumer Price Index: $40.5
Unemployment: 4.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06 ($0.08 as of 5/16/71)


Super Bowl
Baltimore d. Dallas
World Series
Pittsburgh d. Baltimore
NBA Championship
Milwaukee d. Baltimore Bullets
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Chicago
Women: Evonne Goolagong d. M. Court (6-4 6-1)
Men: John Newcombe d. S. Smith (6-3 5-7 2-6 6-4 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Canonero II
NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. Villanova
NCAA Football Champions
Nebraska (13-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Music: Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sound, Mario Davidowsky
Drama: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel
Oscars awarded in 1971
Academy Award, Best Picture: Patton, Frank McCarthy, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Pablo Neruda (Chile)
Record of the Year: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon and Garfunkel
Album of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Paul Simon, songwriter
Miss America: Phyllis Ann George (TX)
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  • All in the Family debuts on CBS and introduces a trend in socially conscious programming.
  • Jim Morrison dies in Paris at age 27. (July 3).
  • The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident at age 24. (Oct. 29).
  • The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C. with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.


  • A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection, The Last Picture Show, Fiddler on the Roof, McCabe & Mrs. Miller



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Gerhard Herzberg (Canada), for contributions to knowledge of electronic structure and geometry of molecules, particularly free radicals
Physics: Dennis Gabor (UK), for invention of holographic method of three-dimensional imagery
Physiology or Medicine: Earl W. Sutherland, Jr. (US), for research on how hormones work
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