December 31st, 1971

December 31st, 1971, fell on a Friday. It was day 365 of 1971. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 7 months and 14 days have passed since December 31st, 1971.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 31st, 1971:

  • American actor Pete Duel dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1971:

  • United States: Brand New Key - Melanie
  • United Kingdom: Ernie - Benny Hill

Take Me Back!

The date is December 31st, 1971 and it's a Friday. People are looking forward to the weekend. It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 1972 will bring them.

In America, the song Brand New Key by Melanie 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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Bonanza", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Upstairs, Downstairs".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "My Three Sons", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "JOT the Dot" and "All in the Family". Popular toys include the likes of "Etch A Sketch", "Motorific (slot car toys)", "Clackers" and "Crissy (doll)".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 31st, 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.

  • Richard Nixon.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The French Connection

    "The French Connection" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 48 years, 7 months and 14 days have passed since December 31st, 1971.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1971.
  • Leap Year: 1971 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 31st, 1971, will be 48 years of age.
  • People born in 1971 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 62985600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 1971:

  • December 18th, 1971: The US dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
  • December 23rd, 1971: Jimmy Hoffa is released from prison.
  • December 25th, 1971: 158 people are killed when a fire breaks out at a hotel in South Korea.
  • 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.
  • January 24th, 1972: Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered after having spent 28 years living in a jungle in Guam.
  • January 26th, 1972: Yugoslavian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic survives a 10,160 meter fall after a bomb explodes on JAT Flight 367.
  • January 27th, 1972: New York police officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie are murdered by the Black Liberation Army.
  • January 30th, 1972: The Bloody Sunday incident occurs in Northern Ireland when 13 unarmed civilians are shot dead by British soldiers.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 1971, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1971 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 1971 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.

1971 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1971 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 31st of December:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December:

  • New Year's Eve

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1971.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 1971 was probably conceived around the 23rd of March, 1971. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1971 is the 9th of October, 1972. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1971.

  • 17,760 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,534,460,400 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,790,203,800 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1971, earth has travelled approximately 791,781,566,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 255,743,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 131,963,594 steps. That's about 58,650 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,413,525 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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