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October 17, 1971

October 17, 1971, was a Sunday. It was the 290th day of 1971. The decade was the seventies.

52 years, 1 month, and 24 days have passed since October 17, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 17, 1971

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 17, 1971:

  • United States: "Maggie May / Reason To Believe" by Rod Stewart
  • United Kingdom: "Maggie May / Reason To Believe" by Rod Stewart

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 17, 1971

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Maggie May/Reason To Believe - Rod Stewart
  • Superstar/Bless The Beasts And Children - Carpenters
  • Yo-Yo - The Osmonds
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez
  • Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
Play the top singles from 1971
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The Stewardesses

Top movie

The movie "The Stewardesses" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 19,047 days ago. Approximately 635 months have passed. It was the 290th day of 1971, in week 41. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on October 17, 1971, are now 52 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 212 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to October 17, 1971

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is October 17, 1971, and it's a Sunday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. The song "Maggie May / Reason To Believe" by Rod Stewart is at the top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie The Stewardesses 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 "Bonanza", "Steptoe and Son", "Hawaii Five-O", and "The Partridge 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. An action film called "The French Connection" is currently being shown in movie theaters.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, Jackie Robinson, Janet Munro, and Harry S. Truman would all still be alive. Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo", "The Banana Splits", "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", and "The Funky Phantom". Children are playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Operation, Frisbee, and G.I. Joe Adventure Team.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 17, 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 October 17, 1971.

  • September 17, 1971: The first episode of the action comedy series "The Persuaders!" is aired on television.
  • September 18, 1971: Golf: The United States wins the 1971 Ryder Cup at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • October 1, 1971: Disney World is opened near Orlando, Florida.
  • October 2, 1971: The music show "Soul Train" makes its debut on television.
  • October 7, 1971: The action film "The French Connection" is released.
  • October 11, 1971: The song "Imagine" is released by Beatles star John Lennon.
  • October 14, 1971: 18-year-old Jean Virginia Sampare goes missing outside of Gitsegukla in British Columbia, Canada.
  • This date: October 17, 1971
  • October 21, 1971: 22 people are killed when a gas explosion occurs at a shopping centre in Clarkston, Scotland.
  • October 22, 1971: The coming-of-age film "The Last Picture Show" is released.
  • October 29, 1971: American guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorbike accident.
  • November 3, 1971: The musical comedy-drama film "Fiddler on the Roof" is released in movie theaters.
  • November 6, 1971: Sly and the Family Stone release their single "Family Affair".
  • November 8, 1971: Led Zeppelin release their best-selling album "Led Zeppelin IV".
  • November 12, 1971: US President Richard Nixon announces that 45,000 American troops will be removed from Vietnam by the start of February, 1972.
  • November 16, 1971:
    • American socialite Edie Sedgwick dies of "probable acute barbiturate intoxication".
    • Alphabet murders: 10-year-old Carmen Col√≥n is kidnapped by a motorist in Rochester, New York.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17, 1971, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1971 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17, 1971 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 17, 1971

People in October 1971 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 1971.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
Soul Train
Soul Train
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Persuaders!
The Persuaders!
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
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
Room 222
Room 222
The Main Chance
The Main Chance
Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Adam-12
Adam-12
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Columbo
Columbo
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son

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 October 1971

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Archie's TV Funnies
Archie's TV Funnies
The Funky Phantom
The Funky Phantom

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
The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show
Skyhawks
Skyhawks
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot
Underdog
Underdog
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
Lassie
Lassie
Toys

Toys in 1971

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)
The Rock Flowers dolls
The Rock Flowers dolls
Weebles
Weebles
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)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Army men
Army men
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch
Troll doll
Troll doll

Were you born on October 17, 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 October 17, 1977, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 17.

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

Stunt performer Deceased
Born on October 17, 1938
He turned 33 on this day in 1971.

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

Comedian Deceased
Born on October 17, 1959
He turned 12 on this day in 1971.

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

Musician
Born on October 17, 1968
He turned 3 on this day in 1971.

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

Singer
Born on October 17, 1969
He turned 2 on this day in 1971.

Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

Actress
Born on October 17, 1969
She turned 2 on this day in 1971.

Eminem

Eminem

Rap singer
Born on October 17, 1972
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

Irish politician
Born on October 17, 1986
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira

Brazilian MMA fighter
Born on October 17, 1989
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

USA

US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 17, 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 October 17, 1971 was most likely conceived around January 24, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17, 1971 is close to July 9, 1972.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 17, 1971:

  • 19,047 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,721 weeks have passed.
  • 1,645,664,400 seconds have passed since October 17, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,919,941,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 849,162,830,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 274,277,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 141,527,138 steps. That's roughly 62,901 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,747,973 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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