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Fun Facts and Trivia From the Year 1971

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1971.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1971.

What Happened in the Year 1971?

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1971? What were some of the top news stories in the U.S. and around the world, and what major events took place in the business and financial sectors? What was popular in everyday life, and what happened in science, technology, sports, and in the entertainment industry? From world leaders to pioneers to innovators, who were the most influential people in 1971? What about famous birthdays, marriages, and deaths that year, as well as how much things cost at the grocery store? Finally, what was the year 1971 best known for, and was it a good or bad year overall?

Here is a summary of what took place in 1971:

  1. Effective January 1, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act “made it illegal for tobacco companies to advertise cigarettes on television and radio.”
  2. President Nixon announced that the United States would no longer “convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system. He also imposed a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.”
  3. The Twenty-Sixth Amendment—which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18—was signed into law by President Nixon. The amendment reads: "The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the account of age. and The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
  4. The New York Times began publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, which was “the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.”
  5. The total number of American troops in Vietnam dropped to 196,700, the lowest amount since January 1966. On the other hand, the number of British troops stationed in Northern Ireland increased to 11,000.
  6. The Supreme Court “unanimously upheld the constitutionality of busing as a means to ‘dismantle the dual school system,’ of the South."
  7. Amtrak service began with 184 trains a day and 323 stations. History.Amtrak.com tells us that “the first train operated by the new company was a Clocker that departed from New York City for Philadelphia shortly after midnight.”
  8. Rolls Royce, the British car maker, filed for bankruptcy, and the NASDAQ stock exchange began operating “as the world's first electronic stock market.”
  9. Southwest Airlines—the most successful low-cost carrier in history—began its first flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
  10. The Eisenhower dollar—"a one-dollar coin issued by the United States Mint from 1971 to 1978"—was put into circulation.
  11. The temperature plunged to -80°F at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, setting a U.S. record. Then, a series of tornadoes ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, killing 117.
  12. Charles Manson, along with three of his female followers, were convicted of the Tate-LaBianca murders.
  13. The Pittsburgh Pirates won their 4th World Series, the Baltimore Colts were the Super Bowl champs, and the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Stanley Cup.
  14. Satchel Paige became the first African-American MLB player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  15. The first Starbucks opened at the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. The coffeehouse chain was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl, who later sold the company to Howard Schultz. Today, Starbucks has 32,938 retail locations worldwide.
  16. The South Tower of the World Trade Center “topped out at 1,362 feet, making it the second tallest building in the world.”
  17. Chat rooms debuted on ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet.
  18. The final issue of Look magazine was published.
  19. In 1971, a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder cost 53 cents, tuition at Harvard was $2,600, and ice skates were $11.98 a pair. A movie ticket cost $1.50, a Ford Mustang Grande was $3,395, and the average price of a television was $188.05.
  20. At the 43rd Academy Awards, the war film Patton won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound, and Best Art Direction.
  21. The final broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show was aired on CBS.
  22. Consumer products introduced in 1971 include Action Jackson toys, Buc Wheats cereal, Cup Noodles, Hamburger Helper, Herbal Essence hair care products, the Intel microprocessor, Pebbles cereal, the Quarter Pounder, Rive Gauche perfume, Spree candy, and the Wonka bar.
  23. In 1975, Amanda Holden, Corey Haim, Denise Richards, Justin Trudeau, Lance Armstrong, Mark Wahlberg, and Ricky Martin were all born.
  24. American companies and brands founded in 1975 include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Cardinal Health, Cuisinart, FedEx, Jiffy Lube, NASDAQ, the Shane Company, Starbucks, and Sunglass Hut.
  25. At the 44th Scripps National Bee, the winner was Jonathan Knisely of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, who correctly spelled the word “shalloon.”

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 1971. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, famous birthdays, and other cool pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1970s-themed trivia game.

In 1971, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 1971, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

Table of Contents

For easier reading and referencing, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1971
  2. History Facts From the USA and World
  3. Sports Trivia
  4. 1970s Slang Words and Expressions
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Entertainment News
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Best-Selling Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 1971-72
  10. Most Popular Movies
  11. Ten Best Horror Films
  12. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  13. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  14. Food and Beverage Trivia
  15. Famous Birthdays
  16. Notable Weddings
  17. Famous People Who Died
  18. U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year
  19. America’s Largest Corporations
  20. American Companies and Brands Established During 1971
In 1971, a 7.5-ounce box of Kraft macaroni and cheese cost 19 cents. (Today, that same box of macaroni and cheese costs 99 cents at Target and up to $1.19 at many grocery stores.)

In 1971, a 7.5-ounce box of Kraft macaroni and cheese cost 19 cents. (Today, that same box of macaroni and cheese costs 99 cents at Target and up to $1.19 at many grocery stores.)

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1971

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library and ThePeopleHistory.com.

  1. Apples (McIntosh): Three pounds for 39 cents
  2. Applesauce (Mott’s): 19 cents for a 15-ounce jar
  3. Bacon: 49 cents for a one-pound package
  4. Bananas: 12 cents a pound
  5. Beef (shoulder steak): $1.19 a pound
  6. Beef liver: 49 cents a pound
  7. Bisquick: 54 cents for a 40-ounce box
  8. Bread (white): Three 20-ounce loaves for 89 cents
  9. Butter (Pantry Pride): 68 cents for a one-pound package
  10. Candy canes: 57 cents a dozen
  11. Cantaloupes: Three for 89 cents
  12. Celery: 38 cents a stalk
  13. Cereal (Kellogg’s corn flakes): 27 cents for a 12-ounce box
  14. Cheese (Borden’s, American): 89 cents for a one-pound package
  15. Cheese (Laughing Cow brand): 49 cents for a four-ounce package
  16. Coffee (Maxwell House, instant): $1.49 for a 10-ounce jar
  17. Cranberries: 29 cents a pound
  18. Eggs: 25 cents a dozen
  19. Fish (tuna, Bumble Bee): 53 cents for a seven-ounce can
  20. Flour (Pillsbury): 39 cents for a five-pound bag
  21. Grape jelly (Welch’s): 38 cents for a 20-ounce jar
  22. Ham (smoked): 45 cents a pound
  23. Ketchup (Heinz): 25 cents for a 14-ounce bottle
  24. Macaroni dinner (Kraft): 19 cents for a 7.5-ounce package
  25. Margarine (Fleischmann’s): 51 cents for a one-pound package
  26. Mayonnaise (Hellman’s): 65 cents for a quart jar
  27. Milk: 98 cents a gallon
  28. Onions (yellow): Three pounds for 20 cents
  29. Oranges (Florida): 10 for 59 cents
  30. Potatoes (Idaho): Five pounds for 59 cents
In 1971, you could buy a 12-ounce can of SPAM for 79 cents. (Today, that same can of SPAM costs $3.39 at Target.)

In 1971, you could buy a 12-ounce can of SPAM for 79 cents. (Today, that same can of SPAM costs $3.39 at Target.)

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. Richard Nixon (R-California) was the President of the United States, and Spiro Agnew (R-Maryland) was the Vice-President.
  2. Warren E. Burger (Minnesota) was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  3. The 92nd Congress (1971-73) was in session, and there were 255 Democrats and 180 Republicans. History.House.gov tells us that “The mixed 1970 election produced a smaller Senate Democratic majority and a larger majority for House Democrats. Oklahoma’s Carl Albert succeeded the retiring John McCormack of Massachusetts as Speaker.”
  4. On January 1, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act “made it illegal for tobacco companies to advertise cigarettes on television and radio.”
  5. On January 4, Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium was dedicated. In addition to hosting professional baseball and football games, “the stadium hosted other amateur and professional sports, large entertainment events, and other civic affairs.” In March 2004, Veterans Stadium “was demolished by implosion after being replaced by the adjacent Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.”
  6. On January 7, the temperature plunged to -40°F in Hawley Lake, Arizona, setting a state record.
  7. On January 15, the Aswan Dam opened in Egypt.
  8. On January 31, Apollo 14, carrying astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, “lifted off on the third successful lunar landing mission.”
  9. On January 23, the temperature plunged to -80°F at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, setting a U.S. record.
  10. On January 25, Charles Manson, along with three of his female followers, were convicted of the Tate-LaBianca murders.
  11. On February 4, Rolls Royce, the British car maker, filed for bankruptcy. According to the New York Times, “The company put the blame for its collapse on the huge losses incurred in developing the engine for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's new Tristar airbus. Rolls said it could not proceed with the engine under the present fixed‐price contract.”
  12. On February 4, the Nasdaq stock exchange began operating “as the world's first electronic stock market.” Capital.com tells us that “Nasdaq is the largest U.S. electronic stock market, listing more companies and, on average, trading more shares per day than any other U.S. market. It is home to companies that are leaders across all areas of business, including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media, and biotechnology.”
  13. On February 9, Apollo 14 returned to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
  14. On February 9, Satchel Paige became the first African-American MLB player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  15. On February 12, James Cash Penney—the founder of the department store chain JCPenney—passed away at the age of 95.
  16. On February 21, a series of tornadoes ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, killing 117.
  17. On March 15, chat rooms debuted on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
  18. On March 21, Vermont’s seasonal snowfall totaled 132.2."
  19. On March 31, the first Starbucks opened at the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. The coffeehouse chain was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl, who later sold the company to Howard Schultz. Today, Starbucks has 32,938 retail locations worldwide.
  20. On April 5, Mt. Etna erupted in Sicily.
  21. On April 14, the Supreme Court “unanimously upheld the constitutionality of busing as a means to ‘dismantle the dual school system,’ of the South. But the Court made it clear that today's decision did not apply to Northern-style segregation, based on neighborhood patterns.”
  22. On April 14, President Nixon ended the ban on trade with the People’s Republic of China.
  23. On April 24, 500,000 people in Washington, DC and 125,000 more in San Francisco marched in protest of the Vietnam War.
  24. On May 1, Amtrak began service with 184 trains a day and 323 stations. “The first train operated by the new company was a Clocker that departed from New York City for Philadelphia shortly after midnight.”
  25. On May 3, National Public Radio (NPR) began broadcasting.
  26. On May 3, a Harris Poll claimed that 60% of Americans were against the Vietnam War.
  27. On May 5, race riots occurred in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
  28. On May 29, Al Unser won the Indianapolis 500.
  29. On May 30, MLB legend Willie Mays hit his 638th home run.
  30. On June 13, the New York Times began publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, which was “the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.”
  31. On June 18, Southwest Airlines—the most successful low-cost carrier in history—began its first flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
  32. On July 1, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, was ratified. History.com points out that “The long debate over lowering the voting age began during World War II and intensified during the Vietnam War, when young men denied the right to vote were being conscripted to fight for their country.”
  33. On July 19, the South Tower of the World Trade Center “topped out at 1,362 feet, making it the second tallest building in the world.”
  34. On July 26, Apollo 15, carrying astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin, was launched.
  35. On July 31, Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin rode in a lunar rover—”a space exploration vehicle designed to move across the surface of the Moon”—a day after landing on the Moon.
  36. In August, U.S. unemployment peaked at 6.1%.
  37. On August 7, Apollo 15 returned to Earth.
  38. On August 11, construction began on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
  39. On August 15, President Richard Nixon announced that “the United States will no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system. He also imposed a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.”
  40. On September 8, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  41. On October 1, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.
  42. On October 14, racial unrest took place in Memphis, Tennessee.
  43. On October 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3, to win their fourth World Series title.
  44. On October 29, the total number of American troops in Vietnam dropped to 196,700, the lowest amount since January 1966.
  45. On November 1, the Eisenhower dollar was put into circulation.
  46. On November 15, Intel released the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
  47. On December 1, the Chicago Cubs released MLB legend and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, thus ending his 19-year career.
  48. On December 18, the U.S. dollar was devalued “for the first time since President Roosevelt's devaluation at the bottom of the Depression.”
  49. On December 20, Gloria Steinem’s magazine, Ms, hit the newsstands for the first time.
  50. On December 21, the United Nations Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim as the 4th Secretary-General.
In 1975, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series.

In 1975, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series.

3. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. Kentucky Derby: Canonero II
  2. NBA Champions: Milwaukee Bucks
  3. NCAA Basketball: UCLA
  4. NCAA Football Champs: Nebraska
  5. Orange Bowl: Nebraska over LSU
  6. Rose Bowl: Stanford over Ohio State
  7. Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
  8. Sugar Bowl: Tennessee over Air Force
  9. Super Bowl: Baltimore Colts
  10. U.S. Open Golf: Jack Nicklaus
  11. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
  12. Wimbledon (men/women): John Newcombe/Evonne Goolagong
  13. World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates

4. 1970s Slang Words and Expressions

Here are some of the most popular slang words and expressions from the 1970s:

  1. Bad: Great
  2. Boogie: Dance
  3. Bummer: Too bad
  4. Chill: Relax
  5. Dork: Nerd
  6. Dream on: A response to someone who is being unrealistic in their thinking
  7. Dude: A generic term for a guy
  8. Fab: Short for fabulous
  9. Far out: Very cool
  10. Freak out: To become frightened
  11. Funky: Cool
  12. Gig: A temporary job
  13. Go bananas: Go crazy
  14. Going around: Dating
  15. Groovy: Cool
  16. Keep on truckin’: Don’t stop now
  17. Nifty: Cool
  18. Out of sight: Cool
  19. Right on: Yes, I agree
  20. Rip off: Something that is poor quality
  21. The skinny: The whole truth and nothing but the truth
  22. Space cadet: An airhead or goofy person
  23. Take a chill pill: Calm down
  24. To the max: Take something to the extreme
  25. Trippin': Acting crazy
In 1975, the Baltimore Colts were the Super Bowl champions.

In 1975, the Baltimore Colts were the Super Bowl champions.

  1. In 1971, the most popular baby names for boys were Michael, James, David, John, and Robert. Today, the most popular names include Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, and William.
  2. In 1971, the most popular baby names for girls were Jennifer, Michelle, Lisa, Kimberly, and Amy. Today, the most popular names include Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Ava, and Sophia.
  3. The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 71.11 years.
  4. Fashion icons in 1971 were Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Diahann Carroll, Goldie Hawn, Sophia Loren, Mary Tyler Moore, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Raquel Welch.
  5. Phyllis George (Texas) was crowned Miss America.
  6. Michelle McDonald (Pennsylvania) became Miss USA.
  7. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $72,000.
  8. Consumer products introduced in 1971 included Action Jackson toys, Buc Wheats cereal, Cup Noodles, Hamburger Helper, Herbal Essence hair care products, the Intel microprocessor, Pebbles cereal, the Quarter Pounder, Rive Gauche perfume, Spree candy, and the Wonka bar.
  9. The first McDonald’s in Japan opened in Tokyo.
  10. Japan’s first Dunkin’ Donuts opened as well.
  11. McDonald's introduced the Quarter Pounder, which cost 53 cents.
  12. Coca-Cola introduced the plastic bottle.
  13. Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York legalized the year-round sale of oysters. Up until that time, their sale had been illegal from May to August.
  14. Movie ticket: $1.50
  15. Postage stamp: Eight cents
  16. Dodge Charger: $3,579
  17. Tuition at Harvard University: $2,600
  18. Violent crime per 1,000 people: 41.6
  19. Property crime per 1,000 people: 37.7
  20. Unemployment: 6.0%
  21. Inflation rate: 4.38%
  22. Average income per year: $10,600
  23. Average cost of a new house: $25,250
  24. Average monthly rent: $150
  25. Average cost of a new car: $3,560
In 1971, the first Starbucks opened at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Today, Starbucks has 32,938 retail locations worldwide.

In 1971, the first Starbucks opened at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Today, Starbucks has 32,938 retail locations worldwide.

6. Entertainment News

  1. On January 12, the sitcom, All in the Family, premiered on CBS.
  2. On January 15, George Harrison released his single, My Sweet Lord, in London.
  3. On January 19, the musical, No, No Nanette, opened at the 46th Street Theater in NYC for 861 performances.
  4. On January 31, My Sweet Lord, by George Harrison, hit #1 on the UK’s pop charts.
  5. On February 5, at the 28th Golden Globe Awards, Love Story won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, and M*A*S*H* won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
  6. On February 25, the avant-garde theatrical revue, Oh! Calcutta!, moved to the Belasco Theater in NYC for 1,316 performances.
  7. On February 28, WDRB-TV (IND) began broadcasting in Louisville, Kentucky.
  8. On March 16, KDCD-TV (IND) suspended broadcasting in Midland, Texas.
  9. On March 21, WCPB-TV (PBS) began broadcasting in Salisbury, Maryland.
  10. On March 26, the crime series, Cannon, premiered on CBS for five seasons.
  11. On March 28, at the 25th Tony Awards, Sleuth won a Tony for Best Play, and Company won a Tony for Best Musical. Likewise, Brian Bedford (The School for Wives) won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, and Maureen Stapleton (The Gingerbread Lady) won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
  12. On March 29, WSVN-TV (now WSBN-TV) (PBS) began broadcasting in Norton, Virginia.
  13. On April 2, Dark Shadows, a Gothic soap opera, aired its last episode on ABC.
  14. On April 4, Stephen Sondheim's musical, Follies, opened at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 524 performances.
  15. On April 5, WNJT-TV (PBS) began broadcasting in Trenton, New Jersey.
  16. On April 11, WBFF-TV (IND) began broadcasting in Baltimore, Maryland.
  17. On April 15, at the 43rd Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1970, Patton won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, George C. Scott (Patton) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Glenda Jackson (Women in Love) won an Oscar for Best Actress. Finally, Love Story won an Oscar for Best Original Score, and Patton won an Oscar for Best Sound.
  18. On May 3, National Public Radio (NPR) began broadcasting. ReadWriteThink.org tells us that “In 1971, National Public Radio (NPR) began the first commercial-free, live radio broadcasts. Financed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and listener contributions, NPR offers news, music, and other programs free to the public through more than 860 public radio stations. More than 26 million listeners tune in to over 130 hours of original NPR programming each week, including programs produced by local stations and other radio networks.”
  19. On May 9, at the 23rd Primetime Emmy Awards, All in the Family (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple) won an Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series, and Jean Stapleton (All in the Family) won an Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series.
  20. On June 6, the final broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show aired on CBS.
  21. On June 24, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, a western film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, was released.
  22. On June 26, the 1965 musical, Man of La Mancha, closed at the ANTA Washington Square Theater in NYC after 2,329 performances.
  23. On July 24, WUHQ-TV (ABC) began broadcasting in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  24. On August 5, WNPE-TV (PBS) began broadcasting in Watertown, New York.
  25. On August 23, WGTU-TV (ABC) began broadcasting in Traverse City, Michigan.
  26. On September 10, KVUE-TV (ABC) began broadcasting in Austin, Texas.
  27. On September 13, WIIQ-TV (PBS) began broadcasting in Demopolis, Alabama.
  28. On September 15, the police drama, Colombo, starring Peter Falk, debuted on NBC.
  29. On September 26, WGBY-TV (PBS) began broadcasting in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  30. On September 29, the police drama, McMillan & Wife, premiered on NBC for 40 episodes.
  31. On October 7, The French Connection, a film directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, and Fernando Rey, was released in the U.S.
  32. On October 19, the last issue of Look magazine was published.
  33. On November 11, Neil Simon’s play, Prisoner of Second Avenue, premiered in NYC.
  34. On November 28, The musical, Me Nobody Knows, closed at the Helen Hayes Theater in NYC after 587 performances.
  35. On December 5, KCBJ-TV (now KMIZ-TV) (ABC) began broadcasting in Columbia, Missouri.
In 1971, FedEx, one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service, was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas by Frederick W. Smith.

In 1971, FedEx, one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service, was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas by Frederick W. Smith.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 1971 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: Gerhard Herzberg
  • Economic Sciences: Simon Kuznets
  • Literature: Pablo Neruda
  • Peace: Willy Brandt
  • Physics: Dennis Gabor
  • Physiology or medicine: Earl Sutherland

8. Best-Selling Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

This book trivia from 1971 has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

1. Wheels by Arthur Hailey

2. The Exorcist by William P. Blatty

3. The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone

4. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

5. The Betsy by Harold Robbins

6. Message from Malaga by Helen MacInnes

7. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

8. The Drifters by James A. Michener

9. The Other by Thomas Tryon

10. Rabbit Redux by John Updike

Nonfiction:

1. The Sensuous Man by "M" (Joan Garrity, John Garrity and Len Forman)

2. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

3. Better Homes and Gardens Blender Cook Book by the BH&G Editors

4. I'm O.K. You're O.K. by Thomas Harris

5. Any Woman Can! by David Reuben

6. Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer

7. Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash

8. Wunnerful, Wunnerful! by Lawrence Welk

9. Honor Thy Father by Gay Talese

10. Fields of Wonder by Rod McKuen

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen.com.

1. All in the Family (CBS)

2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)

3. Marcus Welby, MD (ABC)

4. Gunsmoke (CBS)

5. ABC Movie of the Week (ABC)

6. Sanford and Son (NBC)

7. Mannix (CBS)

8. Funny Face (CBS)

9. Adam 12 (NBC)

10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)

In 1971, All in the Family was the most popular television show.

In 1971, All in the Family was the most popular television show.

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.

  1. Billy Jack
  2. Fiddler on the Roof
  3. Diamonds Are Forever
  4. The French Connection
  5. Summer of ‘42
  6. Carnal Knowledge
  7. Dirty Harry
  8. A Clockwork Orange
  9. The Last Picture Show
  10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks

11. Ten Best Horror Films

This film trivia from 1971 has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.

  1. The Devils
  2. Duel
  3. 10 Rillington Place
  4. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  5. A Bay of Blood
  6. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
  7. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin
  8. Twins of Evil
  9. The Cat o’ Nine Tails
  10. Four Files on Grey Velvet

According to IMDB.com, here are 10 notable films that didn’t make the cut:

  1. A Taste of Evil
  2. Blind Terror
  3. Countess Dracula
  4. Daughters of Darkness
  5. Death Walks on High Heels
  6. Don't Deliver Us from Evil
  7. Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
  8. Hands of the Ripper
  9. Lady Frankenstein
  10. Lust for a Vampire
  11. Night of Dark Shadows
  12. Requiem for a Vampire
  13. Short Night of the Glass Dolls
  14. The Blood on Satan's Claw
  15. The Bloodstained Butterfly
  16. The Brotherhood of Satan
  17. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail
  18. The Devil’s Nightmare
  19. The House That Dripped Blood
  20. The Night Digger
  21. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
  22. The Night Visitor
  23. The Nightcomers
  24. The Omega Man
  25. The Shiver of the Vampires

12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

Here are some of the popular music artists and groups from 1971:

  1. Aretha Franklin
  2. The Bee Gees
  3. Bill Withers
  4. Carole King
  5. The Carpenters
  6. Cher
  7. Chicago
  8. Diana Ross
  9. Elvis Presley
  10. The Four Tops
  11. Gladys Knight & the Pips
  12. Ike & Tina Turner
  13. Issac Hayes
  14. James Brown
  15. Marvin Gaye
  16. The Osmonds
  17. Rod Stewart
  18. Santana
  19. Sly & the Family Stone
  20. Stevie Wonder
  21. The Jackson 5
  22. The Stylistics
  23. The Temptations
  24. Three Dog Night
  25. Tony Orlando
In 1975, Diamonds Are Forever was one of the highest-grossing films.

In 1975, Diamonds Are Forever was one of the highest-grossing films.

13. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com.

1. Joy to the World: Three Dog Night

2. Maggie May/Find a Reason to Believe: Rod Stewart

3. It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move: Carole King

4. One Bad Apple: The Osmonds

5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?: The Bee Gees

6. Indian Reservation: The Raiders

7. Go Away Little Girl: Donny Osmond

8. Take Me Home, Country Roads: John Denver

9. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me): The Temptations

10. Knock Three Times: Dawn

11. Me and Bobby McGee: Janis Joplin

12. Tired of Being Alone: Al Green

13. Want Ads: Honey Cone

14. Smiling Faces Sometimes: The Undisputed Truth

15. Treat Her Like a Lady: Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

16. You've Got a Friend: James Taylor

17. Mr. Big Stuff: Jean Knight

18. Brown Sugar: The Rolling Stones

19. Do You Know What I Mean: Lee Michaels

20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: Joan Baez

21. What's Going On: Marvin Gaye

22. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey: Paul McCartney

23. Ain't No Sunshine: Bill Withers

24. Signs: Five Man Electrical Band

25. She's a Lady: Tom Jones

26. Superstar: Murray Head and The Trinidad Singers

27. I Found Someone Of My Own: Free Movement

28. Amos Moses: Jerry Reed

29. Temptation Eyes: The Grass Roots

30. Superstar: The Carpenters

31. My Sweet Lord/Isn't It a Pity: George Harrison

32. Sweet and Innocent: Donny Osmond

33. Put Your Hand In the Hand: Ocean

34. Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It): Daddy Dewdrop

35. For All We Know: The Carpenters

36. Help Me Make It Through the Night: Sammi Smith

37. Rainy Days and Mondays: The Carpenters

38. If You Could Read My Mind: Gordon Lightfoot

39. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves: Cher

40. Never Can Say Goodbye: The Jackson 5

In 1975, Chex Mix was all the rage.

In 1975, Chex Mix was all the rage.

14. Food and Beverage Trivia

EatThis.com tells us that “In a yearbook consisting entirely of food, the 1970s would be a colorful entry. It was a decade marked by health consciousness, packaged goods, French cuisine, and global awareness.” During the 1970s, we saw everything from green goddess dressing and Jell-O salads to Hamburger Helper and lo mein.

Here are 50 of the most popular foods from the 1970s:

  1. Alfredo sauce
  2. Ambrosia salad
  3. Bacon-wrapped SPAM bites
  4. Beef Bourguignon
  5. Beef Wellington
  6. Beef stew
  7. Black Forest cake
  8. Broccoli casserole
  9. Carrot cake
  10. Cheese balls
  11. Chef salad
  12. Chex Mix
  13. Chicken aloha
  14. Chicken Kiev
  15. Chicken fajitas
  16. Deviled eggs
  17. Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise
  18. French onion soup
  19. Frozen Hawaiian pie
  20. Gelatin cubes
  21. Grilled pineapple
  22. Ham sandwiches
  23. Hawaiian hash
  24. Hawaiian meatballs
  25. Hawaiian pizza
  26. Hawaiian pork roast with pineapple
  27. Jell-O salads
  28. Lemon bars
  29. Lemon meringue pie
  30. Macaroni salad
  31. Mississippi mud pie
  32. Molded cranberry-orange salad
  33. Mushroom beef Stroganoff
  34. Old English trifle
  35. Pasta primavera
  36. Pineapple upside-down cake
  37. Polynesian kabobs
  38. Pumpkin bread
  39. Quiche Lorraine
  40. SPAM and eggs
  41. Spicy goulash
  42. Strawberry pie
  43. Stuffed peppers
  44. Swedish meatballs
  45. Three-cheese quiche
  46. Three-cheese fondue
  47. Three-cheese souffles
  48. Wacky cake
  49. Wagon wheel pasta salad
  50. Zucchini nut bread
In 1975, carrot cake was a popular food trend.

In 1975, carrot cake was a popular food trend.

15. Famous Birthdays

Here are some of the famous people who were born in 1971:

  1. Amanda Holden: TV actress
  2. Amy Poehler: TV actress
  3. Angela Kinsey: TV actress
  4. Chris Tucker: Movie actor
  5. Christina Applegate: Actress
  6. Corey Haim: Actor
  7. David Tennant: TV actor
  8. Denise Richards: Movie actress
  9. Elon Musk: Entrepreuner
  10. Jeff Kinney: Children’s author
  11. Johnny Knoxville: TV actor
  12. Justin Trudeau: World leader
  13. Kelly Hyland: Reality star
  14. Lance Armstrong: Road racing cyclist
  15. Loni Love: Comedian
  16. Mark Henry: Wrestler
  17. Mark Wahlberg: Movie actor
  18. Martin Freeman: Movie actor
  19. Paul Bettany: Movie actor
  20. Pete Sampras: Tennis player
  21. Ricky Martin: Pop singer
  22. Sacha Baron Cohen: Actor
  23. Sandra Oh: TV actress
  24. Scott Cawthon: Game designer
  25. Steve Astin: Movie actor

16. Notable Weddings

These marriage facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. On January 7, American horror, sci-fi, and fantasy writer Stephen King married author Tabitha Spruce.
  2. On February 5, actress Judi Dench married actor Michael Williams.
  3. On March 4, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau married author and actress Margaret Joan Sinclair.
  4. On May 12, Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger married actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias.
  5. On August 5, Grammy Award-winning singer Donna Summer married actor Helmuth Sommer.
  6. On October 5, television producer Lorne Michaels married comedy writer Rosie Shuster.
  7. On October 27, baseball player Steve Garvey married Cyndy Truman.
  8. On November 11, Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman married actress Ingrid von Rosen.
  9. On November 27, MLB player Willie Mays married Mae Louise Allen.
  10. On December 24, professional boxer George Foreman married Adrienne Calhoun.

17. Famous People Who Died

This information has been made available courtesy of TheFamousPeople.com.

  1. Bennett Cerf: Publisher
  2. Bobby Jones: Golfer
  3. Chuck Hughes: Football player
  4. Coco Chanel: Fashion designer
  5. Dame Gladys Cooper: Actress
  6. Dean Acheson: Former United States Secretary of State
  7. Edie Sedgwick: Actress and model
  8. Filo Farnsworth: Inventor
  9. Freddie Joe Steinmark: Football player
  10. Gene Vincent: Musician
  11. Harold Lloyd: Actor, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer
  12. Hugo Black: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  13. Igor Stravinsky: Composer, pianist, and conductor
  14. James Cash Penney: Businessman
  15. Jim Morrison: Singer and songwriter
  16. Leo Burnett: Businessman
  17. Louis Armstrong: Trumpeter
  18. Nikita Khrushchev: Former Premier of the Soviet Union
  19. Ogden Nash: Poet
  20. Ralph Bunche: Political scientist
  21. Reinhold Niebuhr: Theologian
  22. Roy O. Disney: Founder of the Walt Disney Company
  23. Samuel Bronfman: Businessman
  24. Thomas E. Dewey: Former Governor of New York
  25. Van Heflin: Actor
In 1971, Hamburger Helper was launched by General Mills. EatThis.com tells us that “It came with pasta and seasoning packets, so all you had to do was combine the separate pieces with water and ground beef to make a complete (and fast) meal.”

In 1971, Hamburger Helper was launched by General Mills. EatThis.com tells us that “It came with pasta and seasoning packets, so all you had to do was combine the separate pieces with water and ground beef to make a complete (and fast) meal.”

18. U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year

Here are the U.S. automobile production figures for 1971:

  1. Chevrolet: 1,755,773
  2. Ford: 1,569,608
  3. Oldsmobile: 631,795
  4. Pontiac: 531,922
  5. Buick: 481,768
  6. Plymouth: 454,105
  7. Mercury: 404,650
  8. Dodge: 377,462
  9. Cadillac: 264,732
  10. Chrysler: 251,549
  11. AMC: 241,501
  12. Lincoln: 101,843
  13. Imperial: 8,830
  14. Checker: 450
  15. Avanti II: 125
  16. Excalibur: 90

19. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com.

  1. General Motors
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. Ford Motor Company
  4. General Electric
  5. IBM
  6. Mobil
  7. Chrysler
  8. ITT Industries
  9. Texaco
  10. AT&T
  11. Gulf Oil
  12. U.S. Steel
  13. CBS
  14. ChevronTexaco
  15. LTV
  16. Amoco
  17. Boeing
  18. DuPont
  19. Shell Oil
  20. General Telephone & Electronics
  21. RCA
  22. Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  23. Esmark
  24. Union Carbide
  25. Procter & Gamble

20. American Companies and Brands Established During 1971

  1. Alden Rowing is a manufacturer of sliding-seat rowing boats.
  2. Amerex Corporation, based in Trussville, Alabama, manufactures firefighting products.
  3. Bed, Bath & Beyond is a chain of domestic merchandise stores, operating nearly 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
  4. Border’s was a book and music retailer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  5. Cardinal Health is a health care services company located in Dublin, Ohio.
  6. Collins Industries is a bus manufacturer headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas.
  7. Cuisinart is a home appliance brand owned by the Conair Corporation.
  8. Fedex, one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service, was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas by Frederick W. Smith.
  9. Jiffy Lube is an brand of automotive oil change specialty shops.
  10. Leisure Arts “is an American publisher and distributor of ‘how-to’ and lifestyle publications, including crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining.”
  11. Lucasfilm is a film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios.
  12. Nasdaq is an American stock exchange based in New York City. Capital.com tells us that “Nasdaq is the largest U.S. electronic stock market, listing more companies and, on average, trading more shares per day than any other U.S. market. It is home to companies that are leaders across all areas of business, including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media, and biotechnology.”
  13. The Overland Press is a publishing house located in New York City.
  14. Powell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon and its surrounding area.
  15. Quad is a commercial printing company based in Sussex, Wisconsin.
  16. Schlotzsky’s is an American franchise chain of restaurants, specializing in sandwiches and pizza.
  17. The Shane Company is the largest privately-owned jeweler in the United States.
  18. Starbucks, a coffeehouse company, opened its first location at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Today, Starbucks has 32,938 retail locations worldwide.
  19. Sunglass Hut is an international retailer of sunglasses.
  20. Tattered Cover is a bookstore chain based in Denver, Colorado.
In 1971, the Nasdaq stock exchange began operating “as the world's first electronic stock market.”

In 1971, the Nasdaq stock exchange began operating “as the world's first electronic stock market.”

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In 1975, computer programmer Ray Tomlinson “implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, which was the precursor to the Internet.”

In 1975, computer programmer Ray Tomlinson “implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, which was the precursor to the Internet.”

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Gregory DeVictor

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