10 on Tuesday: Headlines from the Year I was Born

Today’s 10 on Tuesday topic, Headlines From the Year You Were Born, was a fun one to work on. Obviously, I don’t actually remember anything from the year I was born, but thankfully, the Internet does – despite the fact that I was born well before it existed. Most of these stories – with links to more info – can be found on the Wikipedia page for 1971. Google also landed me on an article from US News and World Report and a site called 1970s Flashback, from which I got other items.

1. Charles Manson is sentenced to death. (April 9)

Lovely thing to be happening the day I was born, no? But it could explain why I’ve been fascinated by this story since I first stumbled upon a copy of Helter Skelter while working at the library when I was 14.

Me at the Aswan High Dam, which opened the year I was born. We were both 38 in this photo.
Me at the Aswan High Dam, which opened the year I was born. We were both 38 in this photo.

2. The Aswan High Dam officially opens in Egypt. (January 15)

I went to the Aswan High Dam when I was in Egypt in late 2009/early 2010, and it’s totally impressive. I did not know, however, that we were nearly the same age.

3. Apollo 14 lands on the Moon. (February 5)

Well, it’s not the first moon landing, but it’s something!

4. The Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation. (April 20)

I kind of wonder how (or if) this impacted my elementary school years, since I have no recollection of either my school or neighborhood being segregated.

5. Southwest Airlines begins its first flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. (June 18)

I bought a ticket to Houston during Southwest’s 40th birthday celebration this summer. I’ll be using it next week to be there for my nephew’s first birthday, so thanks, Southwest, for being as old as me!

6. The 26th Amendment to the Constitution lowers the voting age from 21 to 18. (July 5)

Either way, my first presidential election would have been 1992. I did get a few state and local votes in between 18 and 21, though.

7. In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated. (September 8)

I just saw Wicked here over the summer. I don’t recall them mentioning having a big birthday.

8. Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida (October 1)

As noted late last week, I have never been here.

9. Stanley Kubrick releases the X-rated A Clockwork Orange. (December 19)

I hate this movie, more than any other movie not starring Nicolas Cage. (I hate all movies starring Nicholas Cage just on principle, since I have long since learned my lesson about seeing them.)

10. First legalized off track betting begins in New York (no date given)

I couldn’t resist this one, since OTB loomed large in my childhood – apparently from the very beginning.


Note: The italicized items in the list above are from the sites mentioned in the intro and are verbatim (or nearly) quotes from those sources.

Updated to fix the title – forgot to take it out of the second person. Whoops.

2 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Headlines from the Year I was Born

  1. Mom September 20, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    Woo! Had forgotten all that stuff happened in 1971 (and maybe didn’t even know some of it — as you said, no Internet then). YOU were the most important happening in our world that year!!! “Sweet Pea” had arrived 🙂

  2. Becky September 21, 2011 / 12:40 am

    This is an interesting list. I love how some things are the same age as you are.

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