World Events

January - March, 1971

January : Sonny Liston, world champion boxer  found dead in his Las Vegas home.  The 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which amounted to a declaration of war against Vietnam, is repealed by U.S. Congress.  Two Standard Oil tankers collide in the fog west of the Golden Gate Bridge causing the spill of 1.9 million gallons of heavy bunker oil.  Charles Manson and three female followers are convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Intel Corp. creates the 4004, the world's first microprocessor (signed with the initials F.F., for Federico Faggin, the designer). Sixty-six die in Glasgow soccer stadium after barriers give way and fans invade pitch

February : Rolls-Royce (subsequently nationalised) collapses due to rising development costs on the RB.211, the sole power plant selected for the Lockheed TriStar. Alan Shepard hits a golf ball on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission. Britain an Northern Ireland introduce decimal currency.  "Oh, Calcutta" opens on Broadway's Belasco Theatre.  Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote.   Richard Nixon began secret recordings using a newly installed taping system in White House.

March : South African Broadcasting Corporation lifts its ban on the Beatles.   Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali for the  world heavyweight championship. The US Senate approves an amendment to lower the voting age to 18. USSR performs underground nuclear tests. East Pakistan proclaims its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. U.S. Lt. William Calley (b.1943) sentenced to life for the My Lai Massacre (he eventually spent three years under house arrest).  Civil war erupts in Pakistan, thousands killed