1971 Facts, Fun Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1971
Top Ten Baby Names of 1971
Jennifer, Michelle, Lisa, Kimberly, Amy, Michael, James, David, John, Robert
The Sex Symbols, Hotties, and Fashion Icons
Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Catherine Deneuve, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Ross, Tannia Rubiano, Tina Turner, Raquel Welch
Sex Symbols, Leading Men, and Hollywood Hunks
Richard Roundtree, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Sean Connery, Elvis Presley
‘Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if – and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy – “I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained,” et cetera, et cetera…”Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum,” et cetera, et cetera…”Memo bis punitor delicatum!” It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks. You bumped into the ceiling, which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing!
“I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?”
“Is it live, or is it Memorex? “
“You deserve a break today.”
“Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”
“My wife, I think I’ll keep her.”
“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”
“My bologna has a first name. It’s O-s-c-a-r. My bologna has a second name. It’s M-e-y-e-r.”
“Try it, you’ll like it.”
“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year
Phyllis George (Denton, TX)
Michele McDonald (Pennsylvania)
The Scandals and Crimes
Ex-Beatle George Harrison plagiarized the Chiffons’ He’s So Fine with his hit My Sweet Lord.
On November 24, 1971, an unidentified man (Dan “D.B.” Cooper) hijacked a plane in the northwest United States, obtained $200,000 in ransom money), and parachuted into the night, never to be heard from again.
Charles Manson (who DID NOT audition for the Monkees) and three of his followers were convicted of killing Sharon Tate and six others in 1969.
Airplane Celebrity Death: Audie Murphy
Rock and Roll Deaths: Duane Allman (motorcycle crash), Jim Morrison (pretty young for the official “heart failure”, some suggest it was the massive amount of drugs in his system)
1971 Pop Culture Facts & History
Ray Tomlinson invented internet-based email.
The first Starbucks opened at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
Taco Bell was started in Downey, California, and founded by Glen Bell.
Century 21 Real Estate LLC opened its doors in Orange County, California.
Golf is the only sport that has been played on the moon, because on February 6th, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.
Gillette introduced the Trac II razor, the first double-blade shaving tool.
The Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor.
Based on an earlier cooker called the ‘Beanery,’ the Crock-Pot sold its first of over 100 million in 1971.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1971: $72,000
1st Appearances & 1971’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents
Weebles, Landslide, Big Jim action figures, Space Hoppers, Klackers, Etch-A-Sketch in New HOT PINK or COOL BLUE frames, Uno
Best Film Oscar Winner
Patton (presented in 1971)
East End Show
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1971
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
1971 Most Popular TV Shows
1. All in the Family (CBS)
1971 Billboard Number One Songs
October 2 – November 5:
World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)