On Any Sunday was released in 1971 and was nominated for the Academy Award for the documentary category. Here are some other important and not so important things that also happened in 1991.

Compiled by PopCultureMadness.com


World Changing Event

Television and radio ads for cigarettes were banned in America.

Top Song

The Top Song was Joy To The World by Three Dog Night

Movies to Watch

The Movies to Watch include Willard, Big Jake, Billy Jack, Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Picture Show

Notable Books

Notable books include: 

  • Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
  • The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Toy Prices

Price of Hess fire truck in 1971: $1.69

Monopoly Board Game: $3.99

G.I. Joe action figure: $6.49 to $8.29

Funny People

  • The Funny Guys were: Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • The Funny Guy was: George Carlin
  • The Funny Lady was: Carol Burnett

Fruity Pebbles

Flintstones based Fruity Pebbles, Ice Cream Pebbles, and Cocoa Pebbles breakfast cereals were introduced by Post Foods.

500cc Champ

AMA 500cc Motocross Champion: Mark Blackwell

Top Ten Baby Names

Top Ten Baby Names of 1971:
Jennifer, Michelle, Lisa, Kimberly, Amy, Michael, James, David, John, Robert

Sex Symbols, Hotties, and Fashion Icons

Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Catherine Deneuve, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Ross, Tannia Rubiano, Tina Turner, Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

AMA Trans-AMA Champion: Sylvain Geboers

Sex Symbols, Leading Men, and Hollywood Hunks

Richard Roundtree, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Sean Connery, Elvis Presley

FIM 250cc Motocross World Champion: Joël Robert

“The 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

“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

FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion: Roger De Coster

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year: Richard Nixon

Miss America: Phyllis George (Denton, TX)

Miss USA: Michele McDonald (Pennsylvania)

Trophée des Nations Champions: Belgium (De Coster, Geboers, Velthoven)

The Scandals and Crimes

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

On November 24, 1971, an unidentified man (Dan “D.B.” Cooper) hijacked a plane in the northwest United States, obtained $200,000 in ransom money), and parachuted into the night, never to be heard from again.

Motocross des Nation Champions: Sweden (Aberg, Hammargren, Jonssen, Petersson)

Rock and Roll Deaths

  • Duane Allman (motorcycle crash)
  • Jim Morrison (heart failure/overdose)

International Six Day Trial (ISDT) World Trophy Champions: Czechoslovakia (Mrázek, Mašita, Bříza, Čemus, Češpiva, Fojtík)

US Politics

After the Watergate scandal broke, Richard Nixon still won the 1972 election by winning 49 out of 50 states for a whopping 520 electoral votes.

Pop Culture News

Ray Tomlinson invented internet based email.

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

Taco Bell was started in Downey, California, and founded by Glen Bell.

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

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

The Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor.

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

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

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

Best Film Oscar Winner: Patton (presented in 1971)

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) ((photo)
6. Mannix (CBS)
7. Funny Face (CBS)
8. Adam 12 (NBC)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
10. Here’s Lucy (CBS)

FIM World Speedway Champion: Ole Olsen

1971 Billboard Number One Songs

December 26, 1970 – January 22, 1971:
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

January 23 – February 12:
Knock Three Times – Dawn

February 13 – March 19:
One Bad Apple – The Osmonds

March 20 – April 2:
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

April 3 – April 16:
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations

Baja 1000 Motorcycle Champions – Malcom Smith, Gunnar Nilsson

1971 Billboard Number One Songs

April 17 – May 28:
Joy To The World – Three Dog Night

May 29 – July 11:
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones

June 12 – July 18:
Want Ads – The Honey Cone

June 19 – July 23:
It’s Too Late – Carole King

Baja 500 Motorcycle Champions – Malcolm Smith, J.N. Roberts

1971 Billboard Number One Songs

July 24 – July 30:
Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian) – The Raiders

July 31 – August 6:
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

August 7 – September 3:
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – The Bee Gees

September 4 – September 10:
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney

Mint 400 Motorcycle Champions – Max Switzer, J.N. Roberts

1971 Billboard Number One Songs

September 11 – October 1:
Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond

October 2 – November 5:
Maggie May – Rod Stewart

November 6 – November 19:
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves – Cher

November 20 – December 3:
Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes

December 4 – December 24:
Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone

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

FIM World Trials Champion: Mick Andrews


• 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 (photo)
• 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 (photo)

Barstow to Vegas Champion- J.N. Roberts

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