The Bangladesh Liberation War took place from March 26, 1971 to December 16, 1971.
The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 took place from December 3, 1971 to December 16, 1971.
Professor Muhammad Hassanein Heikal published the first book in English: The Cairo Documents, which has been translated into 21 languages.
March 12 - 1971 Turkish military coup.
July 10 - Attempted coup in Morocco: more than 1,400 military cadets take the King's Palace in Skhirat for 3 hours and kill 28 people; 158 rebels were killed when garrison forces stormed the palace. Ten high-ranking officers were later executed for their participation in the coup.
July 15 - The last message from the besieged Palestinian leader Abu Ali Iyad in Ajloun
July 16 - The last message from the besieged Palestinian leader Abu Ali Iyad in Ajloun
July 28 - Abd al-Khaleq Mahjoub, a prominent Sudanese leader in the communist movement, is executed.
September 3 - Qatar's independence
November 14 - The coronation ceremony of Pope Shenouda III to sit on the papal chair in the Great St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo on November 14, 1971, thus becoming Pope No. (117) in the history of the patriarchs.
December 2 - The independence of the seven United Arab Emirates and the declaration of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates.
December 16 - Bahrain becomes independent.
December 22 - Austrian Kurt Waldheim is elected Secretary-General of the United Nations, succeeding Leo Thant.
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