1971 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1971 Fun Facts, Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1971:
  • World Changing Event: Television and radio ads for cigarettes were banned in America.
  • The Top Song was Joy To The World by Three Dog Night
  • The Movies to Watch include Willard, Big Jake, Billy Jack, Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Picture Show
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably
  • Notable books include: Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  • Price of Hess fire truck in 1971: $1.69
    Monopoly Board Game: $3.99
    G.I. Joe action figure: $6.49 to $8.29
  • The Funny Guys were: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    The Funny Guy was: George Carlin
    The Funny Lady was: Carol Burnett
  • Flintstones based Fruity Pebbles, Ice Cream Pebbles, and Cocoa Pebbles breakfast cereals were introduced by Post Foods.
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

“The Quotes:”
‘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!
You lose!
Good day sir!’
-Gene Wilder, as Willy Wonka

“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?”
– Clint Eastwood, as Harry Callahan, in Dirty Harry

“Is it live or is it Memorex? “
– Memorex

“You deserve a break today”
– McDonald’s

“Marsha Marsha Marsha!”
– Maureen McCormick as Jan Brady in The Brady Bunch

“My wife, I think I’ll keep her”
– Geritol

“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”
– State Farm Insurance

“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”
– Alka Seltzer

“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.”
– President John F. Kennedy, to 49 Nobel Laureates invited for dinner at the White House.

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Richard Nixon
Miss America:
Phyllis George (Denton, TX)
Miss USA:
Michele McDonald (Pennsylvania)

The Scandals:
Ex-Beatle George Harrison plagiarized the Chiffons’ He’s So Fine with his hit My Sweet Lord.

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)

From 1962 to 1977, the US Nuclear Launch code was 00000000. This was due to an effort to allow the weapons to be armed and ready to launch as soon as possible.

A small town called Centralia, PA is completely abandoned because of a coal-seam fire at depths of up to 300 feet and stretch of 3,700 acres that ignited on May 27, 1962, and is only speculated to be extinguished in the year 2256.

Starfish Prime was the largest nuclear test conducted in outer space. The electromagnetic pulse knocked out streetlights and alarms in Waikiki. The explosion was visible around Hawaii.

The CIA’s concern over soccer fields along the coast of Cuba led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. In September 1962, a CIA analyst noticed the fields and became concerned because, as he put it, “Cubans play baseball, Russians play soccer.”

World News:
The US signed the independence treaty for the Philippines on the 4th of July, giving them both the same “Independence Day” until 1962.

Seattle’s Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Monorail, Seattle Center, many other buildings were built for the 1962 World Fair.

James Dresnok was an American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1962 and lived there until his death in 2016.

US President John F Kennedy got 1200 Cuban cigars for himself in the hours before he banned their import.

The Heroes:
Frances Oldham Kelsey received the US President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service in 1962 for not giving FDA approval to Thalidomide: a German medication that caused over 10,000 severe birth defects in Europe, Canada and S. America.

On October 27, 1962, Vasili Arkhipov, a senior officer on the Soviet B-59 submarine, refused permission to launch its nuclear torpedo during the Cuban Missile Crisis, avoiding World War III.

The Outliers
Sam Panopoulos, a Greek Canadian restaurateur who owned the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, decided to put ham and pineapple on a pizza, aiming for something sweet and savory. He called it the Hawaiian pizza.

The Tanganyika, Tanzania, laughter epidemic affected 14 schools and over 1000 people. #masshysteria

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner was men-only until 1962 when JFK refused to attend unless women did.

Elephant bones were discovered under the Vatican. Decades later, it was discovered that they were the bones of Pope Leo X’s pet elephant Hanno, who died in 1516.

Constance Smith went to jail for stabbing her boyfriend in 1962. She stabbed him again in 1968 and was charged with attempted murder. They married in 1974.

Pop Culture History:
Episode 122 of The Twilight Zone, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, was a French film short that had won awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962 and an Oscar for Live Action Short Film in 1963. Producers paid $25,000 for rights that limited them to airing the story no more than two times.

Ray Tomlinson invented internet based email.

The Jetsons original run consisted of only 24 episodes that first aired on ABC from September 1962 to March 1963. Reruns of those same 24 episodes were broadcast on Saturday mornings on ABC (1963-64), CBS (1964–65 and 1969–71) and NBC (1965–67, 1971–76, 1979–81 and 1982–83).

James Earl Jones Was in the First Production of NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park in 1962.

Marlon Brando was the first actor to command a $1 million salary, for his starring role in 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty.

The shortest Oscar Speech ever was given by Patty Duke in 1962, who at age 16, the youngest person to accept an Oscar in a competitive category, said “Thank You”, and walked off the stage.

Decca Records turned down a band auditioning with them, by saying “guitar groups are on the way out”. The band they turned down: the Beatles.

A question mark superimposed onto an exclamation mark, often seen as ?!, is called an Interrobang. Martin K. Speckter is credited with inventing the mark in 1962 which made it the first new punctuation mark to have been introduced in 300 years. It hasn’t caught on (yet).

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was created in 1962 for Catholics abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent.

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.

The Sedan Crater in Nevada, created in August 1962 using a 104 Kiloton nuclear blast, was used by Apollo astronauts in February 1965 to train on geological formations similar to those they might encounter on the moon’s surface.

Gillette introduced the Trac II razor, the first double-blade shaving tool.

The Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor.

The first modem was invented in 1962 and had a speed of 300 bits per second.

Based on an earlier cooker called the ‘Beanery,’ the Crock-Pot sold its first of over 100 million in 1971.

The 1996 movie Mars Attacks was based on a set of controversial trading cards from Topps.

The record for most interceptions in a season is 42, in 1962, by Houston Oiler George Blanda.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1971: $72,000

The Habit:
Spacewar!, a 1962  scientist-only lab game, became the Galaxy game, the first coin-operated video game.
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 :
No Sex Please, We’re British (Play) Opened on June 3, 1971, and Closed: January 16, 1987
Popular and Notable Books From 1971:
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
The Betsy by Harold Robbins
Blackmark by Archie Goodwin and Gil Kane
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Drifters by James A. Michener
The Exorcist by William P. Blatty
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks?
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Message From Malaga by Helen MacInnes
Love Story by Erich Segal
The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution by Ayn Rand
The Other by Tom Tryon
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
The Pagan Rabbi by Cynthia Ozick
The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone
QB VII by Leon Uris
Rabbit Redux by John Updike
Wheels by Arthur Hailey
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
1971 Most Popular TV shows:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)
3. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
4. Gunsmoke (CBS)
5. Sanford and Son (NBC)
6. Mannix (CBS)
7. Funny Face (CBS)
8. Adam 12 (NBC)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
10. Here’s Lucy (CBS)

1971 Billboard Number One Songs
December 26, 1970 – January 22, 1971:
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

January 23 – February 12:
Knock Three Times – Dawn

February 13 – March 19:
One Bad Apple – The Osmonds

March 20 – April 2:
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

April 3 – April 16:
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations

April 17 – May 28:
Joy To The World – Three Dog Night

May 29 – July 11:
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones

June 12 – July 18:
Want Ads – The Honey Cone

June 19 – July 23:
It’s Too Late – Carole King

July 24 – July 30:
Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian) – The Raiders

July 31 – August 6:
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

August 7 – September 3:
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – The Bee Gees

September 4 – September 10:
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney

September 11 – October 1:
Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond

October 2 – November 5:
Maggie May – Rod Stewart

November 6 – November 19:
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves – Cher

November 20 – December 3:
Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes

December 4 – December 24:
Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone

December 25, 1971 – January 14, 1972:
Brand New Key – Melanie

World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates
Superbowl V Champions: Baltimore Colts
NBA Champions: Milwaukee Bucks
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
Wimbledon (Men/Women): John Newcombe
NCAA Football Champions: Nebraska
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Canonero II