How many years ago was 1971?

1971 was 53 years ago.

53 years have passed between May 18th, 1971, and May 18th, 2024. It was 19,359 days ago.

How long ago was 1971?

To put into perspective how long ago 1971 was:

  • A person who turned 21 in 1971 is now 74 years of age.
  • The teenagers that existed in 1971 are now 66–72 years old.
  • Five decades have passed since then.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • The United States was still embroiled in the Vietnam War.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 79 inches since 1971.
  • There have been roughly 2,756 weekends since then.
  • Names such as ABBA, Aerosmith, Al Pacino, Bill Murray, Joe Biden, Stephen Hawking, Stephen King, and Robert De Niro were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison, "Knock Three Times" by Dawn, "One Bad Apple" by Osmonds, "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, "Just My Imagination" by Temptations, and "Joy To The World" by Three Dog Night.
  • Films such as "Diamonds Are Forever", "The French Connection", "Cry Uncle!", "The Organization", "The Omega Man", and "The Stewardesses" were playing at movie theaters in 1971.
  • The Earth has travelled 239 billion miles through space since 1971.
  • Video game consoles did not exist in 1971.
  • Post-it notes did not exist at the time.
  • Although microwave ovens existed, they were still too expensive for most homes.
  • The term "serial killer" hadn't been coined yet.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 133 centimeters since 1971.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 106–159 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 212 seasons of weather.
  • The hippie subculture was still popular.
  • The Sony Walkman didn't exist in 1971.
  • Camcorders weren't a thing yet. Video cameras were heavy and often had to be mounted on special supports.
  • The afro hairstyle was popular at the time.
  • "All in the Family", "McMillan & Wife", "Upstairs, Downstairs", "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour", "The Two Ronnies", and "Soul Train" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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