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1971 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

38th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  Dr. Lauris Jones conducting
Igor Stravinsky dies

POLITICS

Richard Nixon issues an Executive Order freezing wages and prices.  He instructs the Secretary of the Treasure to stop converting foreign-held paper dollars for gold, thus nullifying the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944.
The United Kingdom changes their currency to the decimal system.
China is admitted to the United Nations
NASDAQ becomes the new stock market index of tomorrow
India invades Pakistan
Peru is devastated by a major earthquake
The United States legal voting age is lowered to 18
Idi Amin becomes dictator of Uganda, soon proving to be one of the worst leaders in modern history
Qatar gains independence from Great Britain
Sierra Leon gains independence from Great Britain

POINT OF INTEREST

London Bridge is sold and brought to the United States.
E-Mail is invented (and soon flooded with masses of unwanted junk mail)
Microprocessors are invented
Designated as the start of the Digital Age
North Sea oil production begins in Norway
US rail system Amtrak is created
Mount Etna erupts
Ryukyu Islands of Japan are rocked by a tsunami wave
India is hit by a tsunami wave in the Bay of Bengal
Walt Disney World opens in Florida
Federal Express transport systems is created
Television advertising for cigarettes stops in the US
New York times exposes Pentagon Papers
The Egyptian Aswan Dam is completed
Apollo 14 lands on the moon
Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to drive a lunar rover on the moon
Russian Soyuz accident causes death to three cosmonauts
Texas instruments releases the first pocket calculator
EMI introduces the first CAT scanner

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