1971 Newspapers

Find out what it was like to live during this fascinating year through original newspapers, recounting news events as they were perceived at the time. Our collection of authentic newspapers is the largest in the world, and contains over 4 million originals from trusted news establishments such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Dallas Morning News. If you are curious to know about what happened on a particular day in 1971, then our authentic 1971 newspaper archive is the ideal place to begin searching for that special keepsake gift.

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1971 Newspapers

1971 Newspaper Headlines Summary

Our 1971 newspaper articles cover a range of events that shocked and enthralled the American public during this year in history. One of the most memorable 1971 events was yet another blow to rock music after the death of Jimi Hendrix the year before, as Jim Morrison is found dead in his bathtub in Paris.

More 1971 newspaper coverage features stories covering the Mount Etna eruption in Sicily, the Walt Disney World opening in Florida, and the first people to ride in a lunar rover on the moon. Find out which other events stood out during this year in history with this table below.

January 2, 1971
A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States.

January 12, 1971
The popular sitcom All in the Family debuts on CBS.

January 17, 1971
Super Bowl V takes place, with the Baltimore Colts defeating the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

January 25, 1971
Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

February 9, 1971 
The Sylmar Earthquake hits the Greater Los Angeles area, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 58-65 and injuring 200-2000 people.

February 11, 1971
The US, UK and USSR sign the Seabed Treaty, outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor.

February 20, 1971
Mississippi Delta tornado occurs, making 123 people dead and more than 1592 people injured.

February 28, 1971
‘Evel Knievel‘, an American daredevil, sets a world record by jumping over nineteen cars on his motorbike.

March 31, 1971
The first Starbucks coffee shop opens in Pike Place Market, Elliott Bay, Seattle.

April  5, 1971
Mount Etna erupts in Sicily, threatening several small villages on the eastern side of the volcano.

April 17, 1971
The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms at Mujibnagor, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

May 1, 1971
Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the United States.

July 3, 1971
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, is found dead in his bathtub in Paris.

July 5, 1971
The 26th Amendment to the Constitution is formally certified by President Nixon, which lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.

July 19, 1971
The South Tower of the World Trade Center is topped out at 1362 feet (415 m), making it the second tallest building in the world.

July 31, 1971
David Scott and James Irwin become the first two astronauts to ride in a lunar rover on the Moon, a day after ‘Apollo 15’ lands.

October 1, 1971
‘Walt Disney World’ opens in Florida.

November 15, 1971
Intel releases the world’s first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004.

December 3, 1971
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins, leading to the liberation of Bangladesh.

December 25, 1971
The Miami Dolphins beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 after 22 minutes and 40 seconds of sudden death overtime, making the game the longest in NFL history.

December 29, 1971
The United Kingdom gives up its military bases in Malta.

 

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