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May 20th, 1971.

May 20th, 1971, was a Thursday. It was day 140 of 1971. The decade was the 1970s.

50 years and 23 days have passed since May 20th, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 20th, 1971?

  • The Chuknagar massacre occurs when the Pakistan Army kills thousands of Bengali Hindus.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1971.

  • United States: Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
  • United Kingdom: Knock Three Times - Dawn
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Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 20th, 1971 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1971 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Joy To The World by Three Dog Night is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Knock Three Times by Dawn is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 "Columbo.", "McCloud", "The Flip Wilson Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Heckle and Jeckle", "JOT the Dot", "The Pink Panther Show" and "The Clangers". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Battleship (game), Clackers 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 May 20th, 1971.

  • Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias are married.

    Mick Jagger and Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias are married.

    In May of 1971, the Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger married Nicaraguan actress Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias in France.

  • Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

    Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 and 23 days have passed since May 20th, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 20th, 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 43542000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 20th, 1971.

  • April 21st, 1971: Haitian dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier dies from heart disease and diabetes at the age of 64.
  • April 24th, 1971: Hundreds of thousands of people protest against the Vietnam War in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
  • May 8th, 1971: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after they defeat Liverpool 2-1 in Extra Time.
  • May 11th, 1971: British tabloid newspaper the "Daily Sketch" closes down following its merger with the Daily Mail.
  • May 12th, 1971: The Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger marries Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias.
  • This date: May 20th, 1971
  • May 28th, 1971: The Bee Gees release their single "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".
  • June 2nd, 1971: Football: Ajax win the European Cup after they defeat Panathinaikos 2-0.
  • June 7th, 1971: Ken Ballew's apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland is raided by federal ATF agents on suspicion that he is illegally possessing hand grenades.
  • June 17th, 1971: US President Nixon declares a "War on Drugs".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 20th, 1971, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 20th, 1971 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

  • All in the Family - American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
  • 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.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.

Kid's TV shows on May 20th, 1971.

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

  • All in the Family
  • 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 May 20th, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 20th of May.

  • May 20th, 1946: Cher (Singer) turned 25 on this day in 1971.
  • May 20th, 1972: Busta Rhymes (Rapper) was born exactly one year after this date.
  • May 20th, 1981: Iker Casillas (Spanish soccer player) was born exactly 10 years after this date.
  • May 20th, 1982: Petr Cech (Czech soccer player) was born exactly 11 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on May 20th, 1971.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1971.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 20th, 1971.

  • A total of 18,286 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,612 weeks have passed.
  • 1,579,910,400 seconds have passed since the May 20th, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,843,228,800 times.
  • Since May 20th, 1971, the earth has travelled approximately 815,233,766,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 263,318,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 135,872,294 steps. That's about 60,388 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,958,925 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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