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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1971!


  • Supreme Court rules that bussing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation in public schools
  • Pentagon Papers are published
  • Twenty-sixth Amendment to the Constitution lowers the voting age to 18
  • An anti-war rally in Washington D.C. disrupts business as police and military units arrest and detain more than 12,000 protestors, most of whom are released after less than 24-hours in custody
  • The first dot-matrix printers are introduced
  • James Fergason introduces LCD (liquid crystal display) technology
  • Gilbert Hyatt invents the microprocessor
  • On February 21 the Mississippi Delta is hit by 3 major tornadoes that rip across Louisiana and Mississippi leaving 119 dead and more than 1,000 people injured in what would become known as the Mississippi Delta Outbreak
  • Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series
  • Billie Jean King becomes the first woman athlete to earn more than $100,000 per year


  • Big Story
  • Big Town
  • Jean Shepard
  • Cinnamon Bear
  • Curtain Time
  • Dangerous Assignment


  • Getting Together
  • The Persuaders
  • All in the Family
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Cannon
  • Sarge
  • The Funny Side
  • Night Gallery
  • Alias Smith and Jones
  • Bearcats!
  • O'Hara, United States Treasury
  • The D.A.
  • Columbo


  • Food processors
  • Stay Alive (the game)
  • Kicktail skateboards
  • Whip antennas, flags, sissy bars, and banana seats for bicycles


  • Car: $3,742
  • Gasoline: 36 cents per gallon
  • House: $28,300
  • Bread: 25 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.32 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 8 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $11,583
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour


  • The French Connection - crime drama by Philip D'Antoni


  • Company - based on the book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, choreographed by Harold Prince, starring Dean Jones, Elaine Stritch, Barbara Barrie, and John Cunningham


  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel (drama)
  • Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns (history)
  • Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph by Lawrance Thompson (biography)
  • The Carrier of Ladders by William S. Merwin (poetry)
  • The Rising Sun by John Toland (non-fiction)


  • Willy Brandt, West Germany, 1913-1992, former Chancellor of West Germany, initiator of West Germany's Ostpolitik, a new attitude toward Eastern Europe and East Germany


  • Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond
  • Theme From Shaft by Isaac Hayes
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