1971 - What Shaped Us

We lived through a lot of famous events our graduation year, as it was a year full of music and technology news. Although founded in February of 1970, National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasted a year later for the first time, on April 20th, 1971. Intel released the world’s first microprocessor, the 4004, and Texas Instruments came out with the first pocket calculator, officially jumpstarting the digital age. Other important technology first introduced that year: the floppy disc (developed in the late 1960s but commercially available in 1971), and the chat system (used by the U.S. government). In another great feat, Amtrak began operations on May 1st.

In music news, Don McLean’s iconic song “American Pie” hit the airwaves. In December, Led Zeppelin released their pivotal 4th album, titled Zeppelin IV, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s single “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” debuted. Sadly, the pop culture world also witnessed two shocking deaths: Louis Armstrong, who died of a heart attack at the age of 69, and Jim Morrison, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in Paris on July 3rd. He was only 27 years old.

Other events of note that year: in March, congress approved a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18, James Irwin of Apollo 15 famously saluted the American flag during the 4th moon landing, cigarette ads were banned on tv and radio, Greenpeace was founded, and Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder. But, in happier news, Disney World officially opened near Orlando, Florida on October 1st.

Popular Grad Names for 1971

Boys:

Michael
James
David
John
Robert

Girls:

Jennifer
Michelle
Lisa
Kimberly
Amy

Boys:

Michael
James
David
John
Robert

Girls:

Jennifer
Michelle
Lisa
Kimberly
Amy

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Patton

Oscar for Best Actor:

George C. Scott

Oscar for Best Actress:

Glenda Jackson

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
The Flip Wilson Show
Marcus, Welby, M.D.

Oscar for Best Picture:

Patton

Oscar for Best Actor:

George C. Scott

Oscar for Best Actress:

Glenda Jackson

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
The Flip Wilson Show
Marcus, Welby, M.D.

Cost of Living Stats for 1971

Average new house:

$25,200

Average annual income:

$6,497.08

Gallon of gas:

$.36

Average new house:

$25,200

Average annual income:

$6,497.08

Gallon of gas:

$.36

Celebrities Born in 1971

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1971

 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Tapestry
(Carole King)

Song of the Year:

"You’ve Got a Friend"
(Carole King)

Album of the Year:

Tapestry
(Carole King)

Song of the Year:

"You’ve Got a Friend"
(Carole King)

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Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 Pop single:

"Joy to the World"
(Three Dog Knight )

Year-end #1 Pop album:

Jesus Christ Superstar
(Various Artists )

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Mr. Big Stuff"
(Jean Knight )

Year-end #1 R&B album:

To Be Continued
(Isaac Hayes )

Year-end #1 Pop single:

"Joy to the World"
(Three Dog Knight )

Year-end #1 Pop album:

Jesus Christ Superstar
(Various Artists )

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Mr. Big Stuff"
(Jean Knight )

Year-end #1 R&B album:

To Be Continued
(Isaac Hayes )

1971 Super Bowl

Colts

16

Cowboys

13

Colts

16

Cowboys

13

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