Life in 1971 – Popular Culture Facts


This page offers an insight into life in 1971 and includes World news, political leaders, prices, population statistics and information about the popular culture of 1971.

The year 1971 began on a Friday. It was not a leap year

1971 In The News

Life in 1971 Aswan Dam Opened
Aswan Dam, Egypt

15th January – The Aswan High Dam opened in Egypt.

15th February – The United Kingdom and Ireland switched to decimalised currency.

5th July – The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in the United States.

19th July – The South Tower of the World Trade Center was completed.

1st October – Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida. 

16th December – East Pakistan gained independence as Bangladesh after defeating the Pakistan army in the Bangladesh Liberation War.


Life in 1971 – Prices

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £5,632; USA – $25,429
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.34; USA – $0.36
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.10; USA – $0.25
Gold per ounce:
UK – $40.62, USA – $43.5

Life in 1971 – Population

World Map

World: – 3,790,862,590
Australia: – 12,937,200
Canada: – 22,026,400
China: – 842,455,680
India: – 566,603,520
Soviet Union: 130,977,408
United States: – 206,827,008
United Kingdom: – 55,907,000


Life in 1971 – Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
USA – Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
AUS – Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
CAN -Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

Best Selling Album:
UK – Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
USA – Jesus Christ Superstar – Various Artists
AUS – Cocker Happy – Joe Cocker
CAN – Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart

Popular Artists:
The Beatles, Bee Gees,  Carpenters, Carole King, Jackson Five, Rod Stewart, Simon & Garfunkel, T. Rex, Three Dog Night

On the Bookshelves

BookshelfBooks Published in 1971:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S Thompson
The Lorax – Dr Seuss
The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C O’Brien
The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth

At the Movies

Movies Films1971 Top Movies (USA box office figures):

1. Fiddler on the Roof – $40.5 million
2. Billy Jack – $32.5 million
3. The French Connection – $26.3 million
4. Summer of ’42- $20.5 million
5. Dirty Harry – $18 million


Life in 1971 – World Leaders

Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon, US President

Prime Minister – John Gorton to 10th March, William McMahon after 10th March
Canada Prime Minister – Pierre Trudeau
China President – Dong Biwu and Soong Ching-ling
India Prime Minister – Indira Gandhi
Soviet Union Leader – Leonid Brezhnev 
United States President – Richard Nixon
United Kingdom Prime Minister –  Edward Heath


Born in 1971

Mary J Blige
Mary J Blige born 1971

11th January – Mary J Blige (Singer)
31st March – Ewan McGregor (Actor)
28th June – Elon Musk (Businessman)
18th September – Lance Armstrong (Cyclist)
20th October – Snoop Dogg (Rapper)
25th December – Justin Trudeau (Canada Prime Minister)

Died in 1971

Jim Morrison Singer
Singer Jim Morrison died in 1971

10th January – Coco Chanel (Designer)
8th March – Harold Lloyd (Actor)
6th April – Igor Stravinsky (Composer)
3rd July – Jim Morrison (Singer)
6th July – Louis Armstrong (Jazz Musician)
11th September – Nikita Khrushchev – (Soviet Leader)
2nd November – Martha Vickers (Actress)


1971 Sport Highlights

John Spencer Life in 1971
John Spencer Snooker World Champion 1971

Football – Arsenal won the FA Cup
Cycling – Eddy Merckx (BEL) won the Tour de France
Tennis – Australian Evonne Goolagong won the French Open and Wimbledon
Golf – Lee Trevino won the British and US Open competitions
Baseball – Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series
Horse Racing – L’Escargot won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Canonero II won the Kentucky Derby
Snooker – John Spencer won the World Championship


Christmas Wishlist

Space Hopper

Space Hopper
Mastermind Game
Risk board Game

What Was New?

Lava Lamp

Lava Lamp 
Food Processor invented
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
Dot Matrix Printer 
Email invented



Published Jul 14 2022 @ 18.00 – Updated – Oct 20, 2022 @ 8:51 am