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Nineteen Seventy One

1971 Willy Wonka The Chocolate Factory17



President:   Richard Nixon
Vice President:   Spiro Agnew
Population of USA:       205,052,000 approx.
Life expectancy:  70.5 years
Unemployment 3.8%
Inflation Rate 4.3%
Dow Jones closes year at 890

Average Income $ 10,600.00
Minimum wage $ 1.40 per hour
Cost of new house $ 25,250.00
Cost of new car $ 3,579.00 (Dodge Charger), $ 1,866.00 (Datsun coupe)
Rent on 2 bedroom apt $ 150.00 per mo.
Cost of 1st class stamp $ .08
Cost of gallon of gas $ .40 – .47
Price of a dozen eggs $ .49
Price of gallon of milk $ 1.03
Turkey $ .43 per lb.
Price of Wranger jeans $ 10.00
Price of movie ticket $ 1.50
Cassette Recorder $ 29.99
Price of Timex watch $ 30.00 and up (Ladies dress watch)

NEWS of 1971

  1. All in the Family debuts on CBS-TV with a disclaimer at the beginning of the program warning people that they might find certain “potentially offensive content”.  In the 2ndmonth of the series, new neighbors are introduced to the Bunkers, The Jeffersons move in next door, but it isn’t until 1973 that you finally meet George Jefferson.
  2. The final cigarette advertisements are televised on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on NBC. (January 1, 1971)
  3. Idi Amin takes control of Uganda, beginning his reign of terror.
  4. Attica Prison riots take place.  10 hostages and 29 inmates are killed (ATTICA ATTICA)
  5. Charles Mason and 3 female members of “the Family” are found guilty of the 1969 Tate – LaBianca murders and sentenced to death.
  6. Apollo 14 lands on the moon (Feb 5th) returns to earth Feb 9th.
  7. The Sylmar earthquake in San Fernando CA measures 6.4 on Richter scale.
  8. Feb 20th, 50 tornados strike in Mississippi killing 74.
  9. Evil Knievel sets world jump record and clears 19 cars (Jump by Van Halen would be funny here)
  10. Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Gardens
  11. The Ed Sullivan Show airs it’s final show on March 28, 1971
  12. Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the US
  13. US ends trade embargo of China
  14. The 26th Amendment is signed into being on July 5th, lowering the voting age to 18 yrs old from 21 yrs old.
  15. July 16th the World’s 4 billionth baby (that’s 4,000,000,000) is born.
  16. August 6th, a lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes and 4 seconds is observed (becoming one of the longest lunar eclipses in history)
  17. Construction begins on the Superdome in New Orleans
  18. The first orca named “Shamu” dies
  19. William H Rehnquist is nominated to the US Supreme Court
  20. Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire
  21. November 24th, over Washington State in a thunderstorm a hijacker named D.B. Cooper jumps from a Northwest Orient plane with $200,000 in ransom money…………….never to be seen again.
  22. The U.S. dollar is devalued (second time in history)
  23. Crude Oil production in the United States reaches 4.5 million barrels a day.

New inventions of 1971

  1. Magic Cubes by Sylvania
  2. Hologram camera by Gaertner (sells for about $500)
  3. Quartz Wrist watches from Seiko (Starting at $1,250.00)
  4. Charles Hall, a California furniture designer sells his first Waterbed to King Koil Sleep Products
  5. The 10 speed bike debuts
  6. plastic KLACKER balls debut  (much to all parents disgust)
  7. The Kodak XL movie camera debuts requiring no extra light for indoor filiming.
  8. Home pregnancy tests are available in Britan
  9. Kelvar is introduced

PEOPLE BORN IN 1971 (or How to feel really old!)

  1. Taye Diggs
  2. Mary J. Blige
  3. Kid Rock
  4. Shawn Wayans
  5. Sara Evans (Country singer)
  6. Denise Richards
  7. Johnny Knoxville
  8. Ewan McGregor
  9. Picabo Street (Olympic skier)
  10. Shannon Doherty
  11. Jason Sehorn (I believe that he was originally from Redding CA)
  12. Sofia Coppolla (Film producer)
  13. Tony Stewart (race car driver)
  14. Mark Wahlberg
  15. Tupac Shakur
  16. Missy Elliott
  17. Kristi Yamaguchi (Olympic Ice Skater, and Champ-Dancing w/ the Stars)
  18. Alison Krauss (amazing voice)
  19. Tom Green (hate him)
  20. Jeff Gordon (race car driver)
  21. Pete Sampras (tennis pro)
  22. Janet Evans (Olympic Swimmer, held most Golds before M. Phelps)
  23. Brooke Burke (model, now on Dancing w/ stars)
  24. Lance Armstrong (uh, do I need to say who he is?)
  25. Jada Pinkett Smith (married to Will Smith)
  26. Luke Wilson
  27. Alfonso Riberio (Carlton on Fresh Prince)
  28. Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys)
  29. Sacha Baron Cohen
  30. Snoop Doggy Dog
  31. Winona Ryder
  32. Christina Applegate
  33. Ryan White (teenager who died in 1990 from AIDS)
  34. Tyson Beckford (the “IT” male model)
  35. Corey Haim
  36. Ricky Martin (Livin La Vida Loca)

Famous Deaths in 1971

  1. Coco Chanel (fashion designer)
  2. Harold Lloyd (actor and film maker)
  3. Thomas Dewey (Gov. of New York and Presidential candidate)
  4. Joseph Valachi (gangster)
  5. Igor Stravinsky (Russian composer)
  6. Papa Doc Duvalier (president of Haiti)
  7. Ogden Nash (poet)
  8. Audie Murphy (WWII hero and actor)
  9. Jim Morrison
  10. Louis Armstrong (jazz trumpeter……..Hellooooooo Dolly)
  11. Cliff Edwards (actor)
  12. Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers and Derek & the Dominos)
  13. Mac McDonald (the Original owner of McDonalds)
  14. Pete Duel (Alias Smith & Jones) loved that show

What’s on TV in 1971  

  1. Meet the Press
  2. Truth or Consequences
  3. American Bandstand
  4. The Today Show
  5. Guiding Light
  6. The Tonight Show
  7. Captain Kangaroo
  8. Gunsmoke
  9. The Lawrence Welk Show
  10. Bonanza
  11. My Three Sons
  12. The Mike Douglas Show
  13. Password (ended in 1967, but came back in 1971)
  14. Bewitched
  15. The Dick Cavett Show
  16. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1965-present)
  17. The Dean Martin Show
  18. Mission Impossible
  19. Ironside
  20. Mannix
  21. The Carol Burnett Show
  22. Hawaii Five O
  23. Laugh In
  24. The Mod Squad (Pete, Julie and Linc)
  25. Hee Haw (1969-1993)
  26. Love, American Style
  27. McCloud
  28. The Flip Wilson Show (the Devil made me do it!)
  29. The Partridge Family
  30. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Shows that ended in 1971

  • Julia  (1968-1971)
  • Family Affair (1966-1971)
  • That Girl (1966-1971)
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
  • Mayberry RFD (1960-1971)
  • Dark Shadows (1966-1971)
  • Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971)
  • Green Acres (1965-1971)
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
  • The Johnny Cash Show (1969-1971)
  • ** CBS debuts it’s fall 1971 schedule and cancels, in the words of Pat Buttram “every show that has had a tree in it” referring to the family style shows that they have cancelled. ***

    TOP MOVIE $$Makers of 1971

    1. Summer of 42
    2. Love Story
    3. Ryans Daughter
    4. The Owl & the Pussycat
    5. The Aristocats (Disney)
    6. French Connection
    7. The Andromeda Strain

    Newcomers of 1971

    1. ABBA
    2. Ann Wilson joins Heart
    3. Donna Summer
    4. Stevie Ray Vaughn
    5. The Captain & Tennille
    6. The Eagles
    7. Michael Jackson goes solo
    8. Rick Springfield goes solo (leaving the band Zoot)
    9. Blue Oyster Cult
    10. Carly Simon
    11. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    12. Nazareth
    13. Meatloaf


    1. The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens with Leonard Bernstein’s “ Mass”.
    2. Walt Disney World in Florida opens on October 1, 1971
    3. The UNIX Programmer’s Manual is published
    4. The Libertarian Party is established
    5. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse is established.
    6. CBS airs “The Selling of the Pentagon Papers” documentary.
    7. Masterpiece Theatre debuts on PBS
    8. Sabrina the Teenage Witch debuts on Saturday morning cartoons
    9. The Jackson 5 cartoon debuts on Saturday morning.
    10. “The New Dick Van Dyke” show debuts
    11. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuts on CBS (1971-1974)
    12. McMillian & Wife debut (1971-1979)
    13. Colombo debuts (1971-1978)
    14. Jesus Christ Superstar debuts
    15. The Coca cola company introduces the “I’d Like to teach the world to sing” commercial

    TOP Songs of 1971

    Imagine by John Lennon (hit number 1 in over 15 countries)

    My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

    Maggie May by Rod Stewart.

    Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones

    I Beg your Pardon by Lynn Anderson

    Music Trivia for 1971

    1. March 12-13, the Allman Brothers Band play their legendary concert at the Fillmore East.
    2. Bill Graham (famous concert promoter) closes down the Fillmore East which opened March 8, 1968
    3. July 3rd, Jim Morrison (of the Doors) is found dead in his bathtub in Paris France.
    4. 40,000 show up in New York City for the Concert for Bangladesh.
    5. December 4th.  Frank Zappa was performing at the Montreux Casino on Lake Geniva when a fan shot a flare gun into the ceiling causing the Casino to burn down.   TRIVIA:Deep Purple were going to perform there afterwards, but were sitting in their hotel room across the lake watching the Casino burn.  They wrote “Smoke on the Water” memorializing the event.
    6. Eric Burdon & War disband, they do not perform together until April 21, 2008 at the Royal Hall in London
    7. Alan David Passaro, a Hells Angel who was acquitted of stabbing to death, Meredith Hunter, tries to sue the Rolling Stones for “Invasion of privacy” because the Documentary Gimme Shelter shows the stabbing. (the nerve of them filming a documentary right as he goes to stab someone)
    8. March 5th, Led Zeppelin play their iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” at the Ulster Hall in Belfast Northern Ireland (debut of song)

    October 23, 1956, is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man’s desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required.

    – John F Kennedy
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    Top 100 Songs For 1971


    1. Joy to the World Three Dog Night
    2. Maggie May Rod Stewart
    3. It’s Too Late Carole King
    4. One Bad Apple Osmonds, The
    5. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart Bee Gees, The
    6. Indian Reservation Raiders, The
    7. Go Away Little Girl Donny Osmond
    8. Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
    9. Just My Imagination (Running Away w/Me) Temptations, The
    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 Undisputed Truth, The
    15. Treat Her like A Lady Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
    16. You’ve got A Friend James Taylor
    17. Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight
    18. Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
    19. Do You Know What I Mean Lee Michaels
    20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Joan Baez
    1. What’s Going On Marvin Gaye
    2. Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey Paul McCartney
    3. Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers
    4. Signs Five Man Electrical Band, The
    5. She’s a Lady Tom Jones
    6. Superstar Murray Head & the Trinidad Singers
    7. I Found Someone of My Own Free Movement
    8. Amos Moses Jerry Reed
    9. Temptation Eyes Grass Roots, The
    10. Superstar Carpenters, The
    11. My Sweet Lord George Harrison
    12. Sweet and Innocent Donny Osmond
    13. Put Your Hand in the Hand Ocean
    14. Chick-a-boom Daddy Dewdrop
    15. For All We Know Carpenters, The
    16. Help Me Make It through the Night Sammi Smith
    17. Rainy Days and Mondays Carpenters, The
    18. If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot
    19. Gypsy, Tramps and Thieves Cher
    20. Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson 5, The
    1971 Brians Song21
    1971 Dirty Harry5
    1. Rose Garden Lynn Anderson
    2. Don’t Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
    3. It Don’t Come Easy Ringo Starr
    4. Mr. Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The
    5. I Love You for All Seasons Fuzz
    6. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Dramatics, The
    7. That’s The Way I’ve Heard It Should Be Carly Simon
    8. If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder
    9. Spanish Harlem Aretha Franklin
    10. I Don’t Know How To Love Him Helen Reddy
    11. Yo-yo Osmonds, The
    12. Bridge over Troubled Water Aretha Franklin
    13. Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted Partridge Family, The
    14. Draggin’ the Line Tommy James
    15. Proud Mary Ike & Tina Turner
    16. Beginnings Chicago
    17. Stay Awhile Bells, The
    18. Sweet City Woman Stampeders, The
    19. Me and You And A Dog Named Boo Lobo
    20. Another Day Paul McCartney
    1. If Bread
    2. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Marvin Gaye
    3. One Toke over the Line Brewer & Shipley
    4. She’s Not Just another Woman 8th Day
    5. Bring the Boys Home Freda Payne
    6. I Just Want To Celebrate Rare Earth
    7. Never Ending Song of Love Delaney and Bonnie & Friends
    8. Easy Loving Freddy Hart
    9. Liar Three Dog Night
    10. Stick-up Honey Cone
    11. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Mac & Katie Kissoon
    12. Love Story (Where Do I Begin) Andy Williams
    13. Wild World Cat Stevens
    14. When You’re Hot You’re Hot Jerry Reed
    15. Funky Nassau Beginning Of the End
    16. If Not for You Olivia Newton John
    17. Groove Me King Floyd
    18. Watching Scotty Grow Bobby Goldsboro
    19. Woodstock Matthews’ Southern Comfort
    20. Amazing Grace Judy Collins
    1971 Escape From The Planet Of The Apes6
    1971 Johnny Got His Gun28
    1. I Hear You Knocking Dave Edmunds
    2. Lonely Days Bee Gees, The
    3. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again Fortunes, The
    4. Won’t Get Fooled Again Who, The
    5. Trapped By a Thing Called Love Denise Lasalle
    6. Mama’s Pearl Jackson 5, The
    7. Timothy Buoys, The
    8. I Woke Up In Love This Morning Partridge Family, The
    9. Theme from “Shaft” Isaac Hayes
    10. If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight and the Pips
    11. I Am … I Said Neil Diamond
    12. Wedding Song (There Is Love) Paul Stookey
    13. Don’t Knock My Love, Pt. 1 Wilson Pickett
    14. Love Her Madly Doors, The
    15. Here Comes the Sun Richie Havens
    16. Sweet Mary Wadsworth Mansion
    17. Right On the Tip of My Tongue Brenda and the Tabulations
    18. One Less Bell to Answer Fifth Dimension, The
    19. Riders on the Storm Doors, The
    20. It’s Impossible Perry Como

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