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January 1st, 1971.

January 1st, 1971, was a Friday. It was day 1 of 1971. The decade was the 1970s.

50 years, 6 months and 23 days have passed since January 1st, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 1st, 1971?

  • The last cigarette advertisement is shown on US television.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1971.

  • United States: My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
  • United Kingdom: I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds
Play the top hits from 1971.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1971. Take a trip back to the days of John Lennon, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin and Bill Withers.
Love Story

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Love Story" was at the top of the box office on January 1st, 1971.

Take me back to January 1st, 1971!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 1st, 1971 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1971. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before. In America, the song My Sweet Lord by George Harrison is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Hear You Knocking by Dave Edmunds is the number one hit song.

Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Love Story is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s is still popular. Clothing items such as tie dye shirts, bell-bottoms, midi skirts, gauchos and Mexican blouses are being worn by women. Meanwhile, men are wearing dark satin shirts, ethnic-looking tunics, bell bottom jeans, tweed sports jackets and turtlenecks.

It's 1971, so radio stations are playing songs from artists such as George Harrison, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Lynn Anderson, The Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, Carole King and The Osmonds. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Dark Shadows", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Flip Wilson Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Heckle and Jeckle", "My Three Sons", "The Bugs Bunny Show" and "Underdog".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Suzy Homemaker, Frisbee, G.I. Joe Adventure Team and VertiBird (toy helicopter).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 1st, 1971.

  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    Around this time, the smiley face and phrases such as "Have a nice day!" and "Have a happy day!" were being plastered onto t-shirts, mugs and badges.

  • Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

    Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

    In the early 1970s, bell-bottoms started to take off in popularity.

  • The Vietnam War is still ongoing.

    The Vietnam War is still ongoing.

    During 1971, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, the US was beginning to wind down its presence in the country. Between 1970 and 1971, the number of US troops in Vietnam fell from 334,600 to 156,800.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1971?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1971?

    The best NBA players in 1971 were Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), John Havlicek, Billy Cunningham, Jerry West and Dave Bing.

  • Who were the best football players in 1971?

    Who were the best football players in 1971?

    In 1971, the best soccer players were Johan Cruyff, Sandro Mazzola, George Best, Günter Netzer, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Josip Skoblar, Martin Chivers, Piet Keizer, Bobby Moore and Ferenc Bene.

  • The French Connection.

    The French Connection.

    "The French Connection" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971.

  • James Taylor & Carole King - "You've Got a Friend"

    James Taylor & Carole King - "You've Got a Friend"

    "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor & Carole King won a Grammy for 1971's Song of the Year.

  • 1971 in movies.

    1971 in movies.

    Movies released in 1971 included Fiddler on the Roof, The French Connection, Dirty Harry, Diamonds Are Forever, Billy Jack, Summer of '42, The Last Picture Show, Carnal Knowledge, A Clockwork Orange, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Harold and Maude, Klute and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

  • Richard Nixon.

    Richard Nixon.

    U.S. President Richard Nixon was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1971.

  • 1971 in music.

    1971 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1971 were dominated by the likes of Dawn, Three Dog Night, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, Carole King, Melanie, The Osmonds, The Temptations, The Raiders, Isaac Hayes, Donny Osmond and Cher.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

  • Color TV.

    Color TV.

    Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 50 years, 6 months and 23 days have passed since January 1st, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 53 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1971, will be 50 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1971 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 31532400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1971.

  • December 23rd, 1970: The North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped, making it the tallest building in the world.
  • December 24th, 1970: Disney releases the animated film "The Aristocats".
  • This date: January 1st, 1971
  • January 2nd, 1971: 66 people are crushed to death at a Rangers vs. Celtic football match.
  • January 5th, 1971: Boxing legend Sonny Liston is found dead by his wife at their home in Las Vegas.
  • January 10th, 1971: French fashion designer Coco Chanel passes away at the age of 87.
  • January 12th, 1971: The first episode of "All in the Family" is aired.
  • January 14th, 1971: Soul group The Temptations release their song "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)".
  • January 17th, 1971: Super Bowl V: The Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 at the Miami Orange Bowl.
  • January 20th, 1971: The song "What's Going On" is released by Marvin Gaye.
  • January 25th, 1971: Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda.
  • January 25th, 1971: Charles Manson and 3 others are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1971, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1971 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1971 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • The Odd Couple - Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
  • The Flip Wilson Show - Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
  • McCloud - A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father - American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on January 1st, 1971.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1971.

  • The Clangers
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Cattanooga Cats
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • JOT the Dot
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie

Popular toys and games in 1971.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1971.

  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Nerf Balls
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1971.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 1st, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 1st.

J. Edgar Hoover

The first Director of the FBI. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1895
He turned 76 on this day in 1971.

Grandmaster Flash

Hip Hop DJ.
Born on January 1st, 1958
He turned 13 on this day in 1971.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.

  • New Year's Day

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1971.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1971.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1971 was most likely conceived around the 24th of March, 1970.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1971 is close to the 11th of October, 1971.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1971.

  • A total of 18,467 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,638 weeks have passed.
  • 1,595,548,800 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,861,473,600 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1971, the earth has travelled approximately 823,303,180,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 265,924,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 137,217,197 steps. That's about 60,985 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,146,586 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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