1971

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July 5, 2022

1971 was an easy year.

Events

January

January 14 — Seventeen Brazilian political prisoners are released in Santiago, Chile; Giovanni Enrico Boucher was released on January 16. January 15 — The Aswan Dam in Egypt is officially opened. January 19 — Representatives of 23 Western oil companies began negotiations with OPEC from Tehran to stabilize oil prices. January 25 — General Idi Amin overthrew Ugandan President Milton Obote in a military coup and then proclaimed himself president. January 31 — Limited telephone traffic is established between East and West Berlin for the first time in 19 years.

February

February 5 — Apollo 14 lands on the moon. February 7 — Women in Switzerland received the right to vote in national elections by referendum, but not in all cantons. February 7 — Władysław Gomulka is expelled from the Central Council of the Polish Communist Party. February 8 — ARVN and US aircraft invade the Lao People's Democratic Republic to stop infiltrations from North Vietnam. February 11 — Representatives of 63 countries signed an agreement to ban the storage of nuclear weapons at the bottom of the seas and oceans. February 15 — Belgian farmers protest by bringing 3 live cows to prevent a meeting of the European Economic Community in Brussels. February 26 — Secretary-General U Thant signs a United Nations proclamation declaring the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

March

March 8 — At Madison Square Garden, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali in what would be called the fight of the century. March 26 — Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares East Pakistan the independent state of Bangladesh.

April

April 7 — Yugoslav ambassador Vladimir Rolović was assassinated in Stockholm.

June

June 30 — Soviet cosmonauts Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsaev are killed during the landing of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft, which spent a record 570 hours and 22 minutes in orbit around the Earth.

July

July 18 — Six emirates in the Persian Gulf: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain and Fujairah enter into an agreement to establish the federation of the United Arab Emirates. July 30 — American spaceship Falcon from the mission "Apollo 15" with a cosmonaut