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December 18th, 1971.

December 18th, 1971, was a Saturday. It was day 352 of 1971. The decade was the 1970s.

49 years, 5 months and 25 days have passed since December 18th, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 18th, 1971?

  • The US dollar is devalued for the second time in history.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 18th, 1971.

  • United States: Family Affair - Sly & Family Stone
  • United Kingdom: Ernie - Benny Hill
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Take me back to December 18th, 1971!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 18th, 1971 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The Christmas season of 1971 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song Family Affair by Sly & Family Stone is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Ernie by Benny Hill 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.

The James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" is currently being shown in movie theaters. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "McCloud", "All in the Family", "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" and "Upstairs, Downstairs". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "JOT the Dot", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Clangers".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Motorific (slot car toys), Lite-Brite, Battleship (game) and Nerf Balls.

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 December 18th, 1971.

  • 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 49 years, 5 months and 25 days have passed since December 18th, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 18th, 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 61862400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 18th, 1971.

  • November 24th, 1971: A man called D. B. Cooper parachutes from a plane that he had hijacked, carrying with him US$200,000 in ransom money. He is never seen again.
  • December 1st, 1971: John Lennon releases his song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".
  • December 2nd, 1971: The United Arab Emirates is formed.
  • December 4th, 1971: 15 people lose their lives after the UVF bomb McGurk's Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • December 11th, 1971: McDonald's co-founder Maurice McDonald dies from a heart attack at the age of 69.
  • December 11th, 1971: The Libertarian Party is founded in the United States.
  • December 13th, 1971: The Disney film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is released in the United States.
  • December 17th, 1971: The James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" is released.
  • This date: December 18th, 1971
  • December 23rd, 1971: Jimmy Hoffa is released from prison.
  • December 23rd, 1971: The action-thriller film "Dirty Harry" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 25th, 1971: 158 people are killed when a fire breaks out at a hotel in South Korea.
  • December 31st, 1971: American actor Pete Duel dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • January 4th, 1972: The first scientific hand-held calculator is released.
  • January 7th, 1972: 104 people are killed when Iberia Airlines Flight 602 crashes into the island of Ibiza.
  • January 16th, 1972: Super Bowl VI: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 18th, 1971, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 18th, 1971 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.

  • Upstairs, Downstairs - British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
  • McMillan & Wife - TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour - Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 18th, 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
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie

Popular toys and games in 1971.

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

  • Uno (card game)
  • 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

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 December 18th, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 18th of December.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 18th, 1971.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 18th, 1971.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 18th, 1971 was most likely conceived around the 10th of March, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 18th, 1971 is close to the 26th of September, 1972.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 18th, 1971.

  • A total of 18,075 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,582 weeks have passed.
  • 1,561,676,400 seconds have passed since the December 18th, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,821,955,800 times.
  • Since December 18th, 1971, the earth has travelled approximately 805,825,022,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 260,279,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 134,304,170 steps. That's about 59,691 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,740,117 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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