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October 20th, 1971.

October 20th, 1971, was a Wednesday. It was day 293 of 1971. The decade was the Seventies.

51 years, 1 months and 10 days have passed since October 20th, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 20th, 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 20th, 1971.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 20th, 1971.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • 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 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.
The Omega Man

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The Omega Man".

Take me back to October 20th, 1971!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is October 20th, 1971, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1971 is quickly approaching. The song Maggie May / Reason To Believe by Rod Stewart is on top of the singles charts in both the USA and the United Kingdom.

Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States, and the movie The Omega Man 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. 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 be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "The Main Chance", "The Odd Couple" and "Soul Train". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "JOT the Dot", "Cattanooga Cats", "The Clangers" and "All in the Family". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Operation, Suzy Homemaker, Lite-Brite and the Rock Flowers dolls.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on October 20th, 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 51 years, 1 months and 10 days have passed since October 20th, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on October 20th, 1971 will be 51 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1971 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 56761200.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to October 20th, 1971.

  • October 1st, 1971: Disney World is opened near Orlando, Florida.
  • October 2nd, 1971: The music show "Soul Train" makes its debut on television.
  • October 7th, 1971: The action film "The French Connection" is released.
  • October 11th, 1971: The song "Imagine" is released by Beatles star John Lennon.
  • October 14th, 1971: 18-year-old Jean Virginia Sampare goes missing outside of Gitsegukla in British Columbia, Canada.
  • This date: October 20th, 1971
  • October 21st, 1971: 22 people are killed when a gas explosion occurs at a shopping centre in Clarkston, Scotland.
  • October 22nd, 1971: The coming-of-age film "The Last Picture Show" is released.
  • October 29th, 1971: American guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorbike accident.
  • November 3rd, 1971: The musical comedy-drama film "Fiddler on the Roof" is released in movie theaters.
  • November 8th, 1971: Led Zeppelin release their best-selling album "Led Zeppelin IV".
  • November 12th, 1971: US President Richard Nixon announces that 45,000 American troops will be removed from Vietnam by the start of February, 1972.
  • November 16th, 1971: American socialite Edie Sedgwick dies of "probable acute barbiturate intoxication".
  • November 16th, 1971: Alphabet murders: 10-year-old Carmen Colón is kidnapped by a motorist in Rochester, New York.
  • November 18th, 1971: Alphabet murders: The body of missing 10-year-old girl Carmen Colón is found near Churchville in New York.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20th, 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20th, 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.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on October 20th, 1971.

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Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in October, 1971.

TV shows from October, 1971.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.

The Persuaders!
The Persuaders!
Comedy-action series starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

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

Alias Smith and Jones
Alias Smith and Jones
American Western series about two outlaws called Hannibal Heyes and Jedediah "Kid" Curry.

The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family
Musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones.

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.

The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.

McCloud
McCloud
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.

Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
Sitcom starring Juliet Mills and Richard Long.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.

Room 222
Room 222
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

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

Kids' TV shows on October 20th, 1971.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1971.

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

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show

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

Popular toys and games in 1971.

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

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 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 you should check out October 20th, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 20th.

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player. Deceased
Born on October 20th, 1931
He turned 40 on this day in 1971.

Tom Petty

Musician. Deceased
Born on October 20th, 1950
He turned 21 on this day in 1971.

Scott Hall

Wrestler. Deceased
Born on October 20th, 1958
He turned 13 on this day in 1971.

Viggo Mortensen

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1958
He turned 13 on this day in 1971.

Kamala Harris

US Vice President.
Born on October 20th, 1964
She turned 7 on this day in 1971.

John Krasinski

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1979
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Candice Swanepoel

Actor.
Born on October 20th, 1988
She was born exactly 17 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 20th, 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 20th, 1971 was most likely conceived around January 27th, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20th, 1971 is close to July 12th, 1972.

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Stats for October 20th, 1971

Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 18,669 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,667 weeks have passed.
  • 1,613,005,200 seconds have passed since the October 20th, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,881,839,400 times.
  • Since October 20th, 1971, the Earth has travelled approximately 832,310,683,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 268,834,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 138,718,447 steps. That's about 61,653 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,356,062 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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