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1971 Trivia

<< - 1970
World Series Champions:
Pittsburgh Pirates
Superbowl V Champions:
Baltimore Colts
NBA Champions:
Milwaukee Bucks
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
John Newcombe
NCAA Football Champions:
Nebraska
NCAA Basketball Champions:
UCLA
Kentucky Derby:
Canonero II
The Hotties Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Catherine Deneuve, Pam Grier, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Ross, Tannia Rubiano, Tina Turner, Raquel Welch
"The 1971 Quotes"
'Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if - and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy - "I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained," et cetera, et cetera..."Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum," et cetera, et cetera..."Memo bis punitor delicatum!" It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks. You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing!
You lose!
Good day sir!'
-Gene Wilder, as Willy Wonka
*All six members of Monty Python expressed interest in playing Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

"I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"
- Clint Eastwood, as Harry Callahan, in 'Dirty Harry'

"Is it live or is it Memorex? "
- Memorex

"You deserve a break today"
- McDonald's

"Marsha Marsha Marsha!"
- Maureen McCormick as Jan Brady in The Brady Bunch

"My wife, I think Iíll keep her"
- Geritol

"Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there."
- State Farm Insurance

"My bologna has a first name. It's O-s-c-a-r. My bologna has a second name. It's M-e-y-e-r."

"Try it, youíll like it"
- Alka Seltzer

Astronaut Ed Mitchell said of his experience on the moon in 1971: "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"

1971 Pop Culture News:
Barry Manilow wrote the State Farm jingle "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there" in 1971
Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Richard Nixon
Miss America:
Phyllis George (Denton, TX)
Miss USA:
Michele McDonald (Pennsylvania)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News:
John List murdered his family to save their souls and arranged their bodies on sleeping bags. He then cleaned up, cut himself out of the family's photos, turned on a religious radio station, and fled. Only after the lights in the house had burned out one by one did neighbors call police.

Ex-Beatle George Harrison plagiarized the Chiffons' He's So Fine with his hit My Sweet Lord.

In London, a Frank Zappa concertgoer rushed the stage and shoved Zappa into the orchestra pit, enraged over his girlfriend’s infatuation with the mustachioed rocker. Zappa suffered a crushed larynx which resulted in a deeper, huskier singing voice and was also in a wheelchair for a year.

America's war on drugs, officially began in 1971. At that time 1 gram of cocaine cost $200 ($1,100 adjusted for inflation). Today that same gram of cocaine cost $50.

Charles Manson (who DID NOT audition for the Monkees) and three of his followers were convicted of killing Sharon Tate and six others in 1969.

Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.

A fire broke out at the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert, this event was the inspiration for Deep Purple's iconic Smoke on the Water.

Airplane Celebrity Death: Audie Murphy

Rock and Roll Deaths: Duane Allman (motorcycle crash), Jim Morrison (pretty young for the official "heart failure", some suggest it was the massive amount of drugs in his system)

1971 Pop Culture News:
The friendly exchange between an American and Chinese player in the 1971 World Ping-Pong Championship prompted Mao Zedong to invite the American table-tennis to China, helping re-open Sino-American relations for the first time since the cold war.

Ray Tomlinson invented internet based email.

The first Starbucks opened at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Gordie Howe originally retired from the NHL in 1971. He unretired two years later, in 1973 when he was in his mid-40s, because he wanted to play with his sons, Mark and Marty. He played for 7 more seasons before retiring at 52.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC opened their doors in Orange County, California.

Gillette introduced the TracII razor, the first double-blade shaving tool.

Billionaire oil tycoon John Paul Getty's grandson was kidnapped for a $17 million ransom. Even after the ransom was reduced and his grandson's ear was delivered to a newspaper, Getty would only pay $2.2 million (the most allowed for tax deduction), then he loaned the rest to his son at 4% interest.

There is no known written documentation of the food dish known as "fajitas" prior to 1971.

A 17 year old Girl Juliane Koepcke was the only survivor of a plane crash in the jungle of Peru. she wandered ten days through the jungle with an injured knee, a broken collarbone and only some sweets as food until she found a group of lumbermen who brought her into a town.

There' i s a small sculpture on the moon named "Fallen Astronaut". Made by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and placed by the crew of Apollo 15.

The Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor.

Peter Ostrum (aka Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) has never acted in another film other than Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Ronald Dahl hated the 1971 film so much he refused to authorize a sequel.

Fiddler on the Roof was filmed with a nylon stocking placed over the camera lens to give the footage a washed-out, earthy feel.

When Frank Sinatra couldn't get a ringside ticket to Ali & Frazier's Fight of the Century, he managed to get a press pass to shoot photos for LIFE magazine instead.

Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati from 1971 - 1974

Based on an earlier cooker called the 'Beanery,' the Crock Pot sold its first of over 100 million in 1971.

The body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BCE, was discovered remarkably preserved. Her skin was soft and moist, with muscles that still allowed for her arms and legs to flex at the joints.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1971: $72,000

George C Scott refused to accept the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1971, and described the Oscar ceremony as "a two-hour meat parade".

The Habit:
Spacewar!, a scientist-only lab game, became the Galaxy game, the first coin-operated video game.
1st appearances & 1971's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Weebles, Landslide, Big Jim action figures, Space Hoppers, Klackers, Etch-A-Sketch in New HOT PINK or COOL BLUE frames, Uno
1971 Most Popular TV shows:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)
3. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
4. Gunsmoke (CBS)
5. Sanford and Son (NBC)
6. Mannix (CBS)
7. Funny Face (CBS)
8. Adam 12 (NBC)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
10. Here's Lucy (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1971 include:
Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, Bread, Carole King, The Carpenters, Cher, Chicago, The Chi-Lites, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Honeycone, Ike & Tina Turner, Issac Hayes, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Jean Knight, Joe Tex, Johnnie Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Melanie, The Osmonds, The Persuaders, Rod Stewart, Rufus Thomas, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones, Tommy James, Tony Orlando, Tyrone Davis, The Undisputed Truth, Wilson Pickett

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1971:
December 26, 1970 - January 22, 1971: George Harrison - My Sweet Lord / Isn't It a Pity

January 23, 1971 - February 12, 1971: Tony Orlando and Dawn - Knock Three Times

February 13, 1971 - March 19, 1971: The Osmonds - One Bad Apple

March 20, 1971 - April 2, 1971: Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

April 3, 1971 - April 16, 1971: The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

April 17, 1971 - May 28, 1971: Three Dog Night - Joy to the World

May 29, 1971 - June 11, 1971: The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

June 12, 1971 - June 18, 1971: The Honey Cone - Want Ads

June 19, 1971 - July 23, 1971: Carole King - It's Too Late / I Feel the Earth Move

July 24, 1971 - July 30, 1971: Paul Revere & the Raiders - Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)

July 31, 1971 - August 6, 1971: James Taylor - You've Got a Friend

August 7, 1971 - September 3, 1971: Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

September 4, 1971 - September 10, 1971: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

September 11, 1971 - October 1, 1971: Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl

October 2, 1971 - November 5, 1971: Rod Stewart - Maggie May / Reason to Believe

November 6, 1971 - November 19, 1971: Cher - Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

November 20, 1971 - December 3, 1971: Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft

December 4, 1971 - December 24, 1971: Sly and the Family Stone - Family Affair

December 25, 1971 - January 14, 1972: Melanie - Brand New Key

Popular Music in 1971 - # 1 Hits of 1971