December 1971

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The following events occurred in December 1971:

December 1, 1971 (Wednesday)

December 2, 1971 (Thursday)

December 3, 1971 (Friday)

December 4, 1971 (Saturday)

December 5, 1971 (Sunday)

December 6, 1971 (Monday)

December 7, 1971 (Tuesday)

•Recovered: Shot to death on November 7, the bodies of John List's mother, wife, and three children are discovered in their Westfield, NJ, mansion.

December 8, 1971 (Wednesday)

  • U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the 7th Fleet to move towards the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
  • In Northern Ireland, Sean Russell, an off-duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment, is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army at his home in Belfast, thus becoming the first Catholic member of the UDR to be killed in the conflict.
  • Pakistani submarine PNS Hangor sinks Indian frigate INS Khukri

December 9, 1971 (Thursday)

  • The Indian Air Force mounts its Meghna Heli Bridge operation to airlift troops of IV Corps of the Indian Army from Brahmanbaria to Raipura and Narsingdi over the River Meghna.
  • In a television interview, Bruce Lee says that both Paramount and Warner Brothers want him "to be in a modernized type of a thing, and they think the Western idea is out, whereas I want to do the Western".[2]
  • Died: Ralph Bunche, 68, American political scientist and Nobel laureate; Sergey Konenkov, 97, Russian sculptor; Iftikhar Janjua, Pakistani general (killed when his OH-13S (Sioux) helicopter was attacked by Indian forces).

December 10, 1971 (Friday)

December 11, 1971 (Saturday)

  • The 2nd Parachute Battalion Group of the Indian Army carries out the Tangail Airdrop, aiming to take Poongli Bridge on the Jamuna and cut off the retreat of the 93 Brigade of the Pakistani Army.
  • Nihat Erim forms the new government of Turkey (34th government, Nihat Erim had previously served twice as prime minister).
  • The Libertarian Party (United States) is established.

December 12, 1971 (Sunday)

December 13, 1971 (Monday)

December 14, 1971 (Tuesday)

December 15, 1971 (Wednesday)

December 16, 1971 (Thursday)

December 17, 1971 (Friday)

December 18, 1971 (Saturday)

December 19, 1971 (Sunday)

  • The Clube Atletico Mineiro wins the first Brazil Football Championship.
  • Intelsat IV (F3) is launched; it enters commercial service over the Atlantic Ocean February 18, 1972.

December 20, 1971 (Monday)

December 21, 1971 (Tuesday)

December 22, 1971 (Wednesday)

December 23, 1971 (Thursday)

  • The Ordonnance réglant l'utilisation du nom «Suisse» pour les montres defines a Swiss watch and the circumstances under which a watch movement may be considered Swiss made.[8]
  • Born: Corey Haim, Canadian actor, in Toronto (d. 2010); Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English socialite, in Hampshire

December 24, 1971 (Friday)

December 25, 1971 (Saturday)

December 26, 1971 (Sunday)

  • The 60th Australian Open tennis tournament opens in Melbourne.
  • The first reported sighting of the so-called Nullarbor Nymph; the story travels around the world, but turns out to be a hoax.
  • Born: Jared Leto, American actor and musician, in Bossier City, Louisiana

December 27, 1971 (Monday)

December 28, 1971 (Tuesday)

  • In the final of the 1971 Tangerine Bowl, held in Orlando, Florida, the Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference defeat the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference 28–3.
  • The Dæmons became the very first Doctor Who serial to be rebroadcast by the BBC complete, in omnibus form. The broadcast attracted 10.5 million viewers, the show's highest rating since 1965.

December 29, 1971 (Wednesday)

December 30, 1971 (Thursday)

  • The Getxo boat club in the Basque region of Spain is attacked by an ETA bomb, the second of three such attacks on the same club over the years.
  • Born: Paras, Crown Prince of Nepal, in Kathmandu
  • Died: Vikram Sarabhai, 52, Indian physicist and space scientist

December 31, 1971 (Friday)

  • Opening of the Turgenevskaya station on the Moscow Metro.
  • U Thant completes his 11-year tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Died: Pete Duel, 31, American actor, shoots himself at his home in Glen Green, Hollywood.;[11] Marin Sais, 81, American silent film actress.

References

  1. ^ Till, Geoffrey (2004). Seapower: a guide for the twenty-first century. Great Britain: Frank Cass Publishers. p. 179. ISBN 0-7146-8436-8. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  2. ^ From - The Pierre Berton Show 9 December 1971 (comments at 7:10 of part 2)
  3. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now – David Bowie: The London Years: 1947–1974: pp. 219–25, 231
  4. ^ Fibaeurope.com Profile
  5. ^ "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1971". Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  6. ^ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld - Resolution 307 (1971) of 21 December 1971". Refworld. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Britannica
  8. ^ Bundeskanzlei - P. "SR 232.119 Verordnung vom 23. Dezember 1971 über die Benützung des Schweizer Namens für Uhren". Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Plane Crash Accident Record
  10. ^ "Survivor still haunted by 1971 air crash". CNN. July 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  11. ^ Green, Paul (2007). "A Sudden Compulsion". Pete Duel: A Biography. Johnson, Pamela Deuel. McFarland. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7864-3062-8. 
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