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December 31st, 1971.

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

49 years, 6 months and 22 days have passed since December 31st, 1971.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on December 31st, 1971?

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

Music charts.

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
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Diamonds Are Forever

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Diamonds Are Forever" was at the top of the box office on December 31st, 1971.

Take me back to December 31st, 1971!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 31st, 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 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 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Odd Couple".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "JOT the Dot", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Clangers". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Army men, Battleship (game), Clackers and Frisbee.

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 31st, 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 49 years, 6 months and 22 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 49 years of age.
  • Generation: 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 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.
  • December 18th, 1971: The US dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 31st, 1971
  • 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 24th, 1972: Michael Jackson releases his debut solo album "Got to Be There".
  • 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.

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 31st, 1971, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.

Kid's TV shows on December 31st, 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 31st, 1977 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1937
He turned 34 on this day in 1971.

Alex Ferguson

Soccer manager.
Born on December 31st, 1941
He turned 30 on this day in 1971.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1943
He turned 28 on this day in 1971.

Val Kilmer

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1959
He turned 12 on this day in 1971.

John Allen Muhammad

Convicted murderer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1960
He turned 11 on this day in 1971.

Psy

South Korean singer.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Donald Trump Jr.

American businessman.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Holidays.

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

  • New Year's Eve

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1971.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 1971 was most likely conceived around the 23rd of March, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1971 is close to the 9th of October, 1972.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 18,102 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,586 weeks have passed.
  • 1,564,009,200 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1971.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,824,677,400 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1971, the earth has travelled approximately 807,028,747,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 260,668,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 134,504,791 steps. That's about 59,780 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,768,110 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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