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March 31, 1971

March 31, 1971, was a Wednesday. It was 53 years and 15 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Birthdays

Born on March 31, 1971

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On March 31, 1971, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
  • United Kingdom: "Hot Love" by T. Rex

The music charts on March 31, 1971

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Me And Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations
  • She's A Lady - Tom Jones
  • Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
  • For All We Know - Carpenters
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Husbands

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Husbands".

Facts

This date occurred 19,374 days ago. Approximately 646 months have passed. It was the 90th day of 1971, in week 13. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on March 31, 1971, are now 53 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 215 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to March 31, 1971

Let's go back to the seventies.

The date is March 31, 1971, and it's a Wednesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aries. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

Spring has arrived, and the days are starting to get longer. In America, the song "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin is at the top of the singles charts, while "Hot Love" by T. Rex is the number-one song in the UK. Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie Husbands is at the top of the box office.

Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Alias Smith and Jones", and "All in the Family". 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Igor Stravinsky, Jim Morrison, Louis Armstrong, and J. Edgar Hoover would all still be alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "The Banana Splits", "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch".

Children are playing with toys such as Motorific (slot car toys), Suzy Homemaker, Lite-Brite, and Crissy (doll).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on March 31, 1971.

  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    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.

    Bell-bottoms

    Bell-bottoms (flares) were in fashion.
  • 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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

    US President Richard Nixon was named 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.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement

    The hippie counterculture reached its peak during the late 1960s and early 1970s. 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

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. 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

    The afro hairstyle took off during the 1960s and early 1970s. 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

    Although color television was rising in popularity, black-and-white TV sets were still the most popular.
  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone

    Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around March 31, 1971.

  • March 1, 1971: British postal workers go on strike over union rights.
  • March 8, 1971: The Fight of the Century: Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • March 10, 1971: Liberal leader William McMahon becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia following the resignation of John Gorton.
  • March 18, 1971: 200 people are killed in a landslide in Chungar, Peru.
  • March 29, 1971:
    • Charles Manson and three members of "The Family" are sentenced to death.
    • US Army officer William Calley is found guilty for his role in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
  • This date: March 31, 1971
  • April 1, 1971: President Nixon orders that US Army officer William Calley should be moved from prison to house arrest 3 days after Calley was found guilty for his role in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
  • April 3, 1971: Color television is launched in Ireland.
  • April 10, 1971: "The Two Ronnies" debuts on BBC1.
  • April 12, 1971: John Denver releases the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
  • April 16, 1971: Carole King releases her single "I Feel the Earth Move".
  • April 18, 1971: The coming-of-age film "Summer of '42" is released in movie theaters.
  • April 19, 1971: The first space station, Salyut 1, is successfully launched by the Soviet Union.
  • April 21, 1971: Haitian dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier dies from heart disease and diabetes at the age of 64.
  • April 24, 1971: Hundreds of thousands of people protest against the Vietnam War in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 31, 1971, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1971 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 31, 1971 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in March 1971

In March 1971, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from March 1971.

All in the Family
All in the Family
Alias Smith and Jones
Alias Smith and Jones
The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
McCloud
McCloud
Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Medical Center
Medical Center
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Cars in 1971

1971 saw the introduction of cars such as the Buick Centurion, the Subaru Leone, the AMC Matador, the Morris Marina, the Alpine A310, and the Pontiac Grand Safari.

Cars in 1971.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in March 1971

If you were a kid on March 31, 1971, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

All in the Family
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Groovie Goolies
Groovie Goolies

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats
Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters
The Clangers
The Clangers
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Cattanooga Cats
Cattanooga Cats
Toys

Toys in 1971

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls
Frisbee
Frisbee
Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)
Clackers
Clackers
Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)
Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite
Twister mat
Twister mat
Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker
Operation
Operation
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)

Were you born on March 31, 1971?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out March 31, 1977, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 31.

Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes

Philosopher Deceased
Born on March 31, 1596
He was not alive on this date.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer Deceased
Born on March 31, 1685
He was not alive on this date.

William Daniels

William Daniels

Actor
Born on March 31, 1927
He turned 44 on this day in 1971.

Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

Actor
Born on March 31, 1943
He turned 28 on this day in 1971.

Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Actress
Born on March 31, 1948
She turned 23 on this day in 1971.

USA

US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on March 31, 1971.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 31, 1971 was most likely conceived around July 8, 1970.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 31, 1971 is close to December 22, 1971.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about March 31, 1971:

  • 19,374 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,767 weeks have passed.
  • 1,673,913,600 seconds have passed since March 31, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,952,899,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 863,739,417,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 278,985,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 143,956,570 steps. That's roughly 63,981 miles.
  • 20,086,963 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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