1971

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Events

  • January 25 - Idi Amin Dada deposes Milton Obote in a successful coup d'etat and declares himself President of Uganda.
  • February 7 - A soldier named Robert Curtis is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army.
  • March 12 - Hafez al-Assad declares himself President of Syria.
  • March 21 - The 1971 Bangladesh Genocide is initiated by Pakistani dictator Yahya Khan as a means of suppressing Bengali calls for self-determination.
  • March 31 - William Calley is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the My Lai Massacre; three days later, President Richard Nixon commutes his sentence to house arrest.
  • April 1 - The Fatherland and Liberty Nationalist Front is founded.
  • April 25 - The first victim of the Freeway Phantom, 13-year old Carol Denise Spinks, is found murdered behind St. Elizabeths Hospital on a grassy embankment next to the northbound lanes of I-295, about 1,500 feet south of Suitland Parkway in Washington D.C.
  • May 3 - Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.
  • July 23 - William Tolbert is elected President of Liberia.
  • August 18 - Hugo Banzer takes power in Bolivia in a successful military coup.
  • September 1 - Muammar Gaddafi enters into a political union with Egypt and Syria, known as the Federation of Arab Republics.
  • September 30 - The Democratic Unionist Party is founded by Ian Paisley.
  • October 27 - Mobutu Sese Seko renames the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the Republic of Zaire.
  • November 9 - John List murders his wife, mother, and three children at their home in Westfield, New Jersey, before going on the run.
  • November 24 - A man calling himself "D. B. Cooper" hijacks a Boeing 727 aircraft in the northwest United States, in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, extorting $200,000 in ransom before parachuting off the plane to an unknown fate.
  • November 28 - Jordanian Prime Minister Wasfi Tal is assassinated by Black September.
  • December 16 - The Bangladesh Genocide comes to an end. Bangladesh formally declares independence from Pakistan.
  • December 20 - Yahya Khan resigns as President of Pakistan.
  • Unknown - The Japanese Red Army is founded.
  • Unknown - Provo Canyon School is founded.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • April 25 - Carol Spinks
  • July 8 - Darlenia Denise Johnson
  • July 27 - Brenda Faye Crockett
  • October 1 - Nenomoshia Yates
  • November 9 - Helen, Alma, Patricia, Frederick, and John List, Jr.
  • November 15 - Brenda Woodward
  • November 28 - Wasfi Tal