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August 9th, 1971.

August 9th, 1971, was a Monday. It was day 221 of 1971. The decade was the 1970s.

49 years, 9 months and 10 days have passed since August 9th, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 9th, 1971?

  • Internment: British government forces arrest hundreds of Irish nationalists and detain them without trial.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 9th, 1971.

  • United States: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
  • United Kingdom: Get It On - T. Rex
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The date is August 9th, 1971 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by The Bee Gees is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Get It On by T. Rex 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 "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Brady Bunch" and "All in the Family".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "My Three Sons", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Pink Panther Show" and "Cattanooga Cats". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Clackers, VertiBird (toy helicopter) and Weebles.

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 August 9th, 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?

    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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971.

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

    "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor & Carole King would go on to win a Grammy for 1971's Song of the Year.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 49 years, 9 months and 10 days have passed since August 9th, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 9th, 1971, will be 49 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1971 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 50540400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 9th, 1971.

  • July 30th, 1971: 162 people are killed when All Nippon Airways Flight 58 collides with a Japanese fighter jet.
  • July 31st, 1971: Donny Osmond releases his single "Go Away Little Girl".
  • This date: August 9th, 1971
  • August 14th, 1971: Soccer: Kevin Keegan makes his debut for Liverpool.
  • September 4th, 1971: 111 people die when Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes in Alaska.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 9th, 1971, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 9th, 1971 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

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 August 9th, 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.

  • Weebles
  • 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

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 9th of August.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on August 9th, 1971.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 9th, 1971.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 9th, 1971 was most likely conceived around the 30th of October, 1970.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 9th, 1971 is close to the 18th of May, 1972.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 9th, 1971.

  • A total of 18,181 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,597 weeks have passed.
  • 1,570,838,400 seconds have passed since the August 9th, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,832,644,800 times.
  • Since August 9th, 1971, the earth has travelled approximately 810,552,614,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 261,806,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 135,092,102 steps. That's about 60,041 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,850,061 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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