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December 24th, 1971.

December 24th, 1971, was a Friday. It was day 358 of 1971. The decade was the Seventies.

50 years, 6 months and 6 days have passed since December 24th, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on December 24th, 1971.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On December 24th, 1971, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Family Affair - Sly & Family Stone
  • United Kingdom: Ernie - Benny Hill

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 24th, 1971.

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

  • Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
  • Brand New Key - Melanie
  • Have You Seen Her - The Chi-lites
  • An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
  • Got To Be There - Michael Jackson
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.
Diamonds Are Forever

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Diamonds Are Forever".

Take me back to December 24th, 1971!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is December 24th, 1971, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's Christmas Eve of 1971. The big day is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with people who are trying to do some last-minute shopping. 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 the movie Diamonds Are Forever 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. The James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" 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 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", "Medical Center" and "The Odd Couple". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "JOT the Dot", "The Pink Panther Show", "Harlem Globetrotters" and "The Electric Company". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Troll doll, Twister mat, Clackers and Crissy (doll).

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 December 24th, 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.

  • 50 years, 6 months and 6 days have passed since December 24th, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on December 24th, 1971 will be 50 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1971 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 62380800.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to December 24th, 1971.

  • November 24th, 1971: A man called "D. B. Cooper" parachutes from a plane that he hijacked, carrying with him US$200,000 in ransom money. He is never seen again.
  • November 28th, 1971: The Prime Minister of Jordan, Wasfi Tal, is assassinated by four Black September gunmen in the lobby of the Sheraton Cairo Hotel in Egypt.
  • December 1st, 1971: John Lennon releases his song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".
  • December 2nd, 1971: The United Arab Emirates is formed.
  • December 3rd, 1971: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 begins after Pakistan carries out a number of preemptive aerial strikes on Indian air stations.
  • 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 15th, 1971: Pakistan foreign minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto storms out of a UN Security Council meeting after accusing the body of allowing India to capture Dacca.
  • December 16th, 1971: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 comes to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistan military surrenders.
  • December 17th, 1971: The James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" is released.
  • December 18th, 1971: The US dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
  • December 23rd, 1971: Jimmy Hoffa is released from prison after serving five years for jury tampering and wire fraud.
  • December 23rd, 1971: The action-thriller film "Dirty Harry" is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: December 24th, 1971
  • 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 14th, 1972: The sitcom "Sanford and Son" makes its debut on NBC.
  • January 16th, 1972: Super Bowl VI: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • January 17th, 1972: Seven Provisional IRA members escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24th, 1971, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 24th, 1971 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 24th, 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 December, 1971.

TV shows from December, 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 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.

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.

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.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

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 December 24th, 1971.

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

The Electric Company
The Electric Company

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 December 24th, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 24th.

King John

King of England. Deceased
Born on December 24th, 1167
He was not alive on this date.

Anthony Fauci

Physician-scientist and immunologist.
Born on December 24th, 1940
He turned 31 on this day in 1971.

Lemmy

English singer. Deceased
Born on December 24th, 1945
He turned 26 on this day in 1971.

Kate Spade

American fashion designer. Deceased
Born on December 24th, 1962
She turned 9 on this day in 1971.

Ryan Seacrest

Radio personality.
Born on December 24th, 1974
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 24th of December.

  • Christmas Eve
USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 24th, 1971.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 24th, 1971.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 24th, 1971 was most likely conceived around April 2nd, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24th, 1971 is close to September 15th, 1972.

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Stats for December 24th, 1971

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 24th, 1971.

  • A total of 18,452 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,636 weeks have passed.
  • 1,594,249,200 seconds have passed since the December 24th, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,859,957,400 times.
  • Since December 24th, 1971, the Earth has travelled approximately 822,632,587,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 265,708,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 137,105,431 steps. That's about 60,936 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,130,990 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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