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What happened in 1971? - USA

Apollo 15: James Irwin beside the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover
James Irwin beside the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover. Apollo 15 was the first to use the LRV or Lunar Rover on the Moon Edgar D. Mitchell / NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We look at events, films, and music from 1971 in the USA.

In the news

Source: Encyclopedia Year Book 1972, published by Grolier

Facts

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States 1972, except where another reference is given

Films

The top twenty grossing films released in 1971 were:

Source: Box office report - retrieved from Wayback Machine

Television

All in the Family: Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) and Lionel Jefferson(Michael Evans)
All in the Family was the top-rated US TV show of 1971: Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) and Lionel Jefferson (Michael Evans) CBS Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The top-rated TV shows of the 1971 to 1972 season were:

Source: Staying Alive - The Life and Times of an American Baby Boomer Part 2:The Serendipitous '70s, by Gene Baumgaertner, published by Trafford Publishing 2011

TV facts

Music

Pop group Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night's single 'Joy to the World' was the best-selling single of 1971 in the USA ABC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The best-selling pop records of 1971 in the USA were:

Source: USA Top 1000 Singles compiled by Joe Whitburn, published by Guinness in 1986

Sport

Baseball: The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles to win the 1971 World Series.

American Football: The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys to win the fifth Super Bowl on January 17 1971.

Boxing: On June 28 1971 the Supreme Court ruled that Muhammad Ali's conviction for draft-dodging was illegal. Ali failed to defeat Joe Frazier to regain the World Heavyweight title on March 8 1971. Ali regained the Heavyweight title in 1974 after beating George Foreman in the so-called 'Rumble in the Jungle'.

Golf: Lee Trevino won the British, Canadian and US Opens in 1971.

Horse racing: Canonero II won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1971.

Source: Encyclopedia Year Book 1972, published by Grolier

References

[1]'The Guinness Book of Records', published by Guinness Superlatives in 1973, page 152

[2]'Money Income in 1971 of Families and Persons in the United States', published by the US Department of Commerce, July 1973 (P60 No. 83)

[3]'Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States 1972' page 547

[4]'The complete collectors' guide to pocket calculators' by Guy Ball and Bruce Flam, published by Wilson/Barnett Publishing in 1997, page 12

[5]'The Guinness Book of Records', published by Guinness Superlatives in 1973, page 103

[6]'Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States 1972' page 498-9

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By Steven Braggs, May 2021

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