1971: Indicative, perhaps, of the decline of the British motor industry: the Austin Junior Car Factory in Wales ceased production of the Austin J40 pedal car.
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1969: In 1968 and 1969, the United States dropped on South Vietnam one and a half times the tonnage of bombs dropped on Germany by all the Allies during the Second World War.
By 1969, the explosive force of the bombs dropped on North Vietnam each month was equivalent to two atomic bombs.
Up to the end of 1971, the United States had dropped 6.3 million tons of bombs on Indochina – more than three times the amount it dropped in all theatres during the Second World War.
In South Vietnam alone, there were 21 million bomb craters.
Source: Marvin E. Gettleman, Jane Franklin, Marilyn Young and H. Bruce Franklin, Vietnam and America: A Documented History (1985), p. 461
1971: It was the year of the first email address and the first network email message. Computer programmer Ray Tomlinson created the first address, tomlinson@bbn-tenexa, which he then used to send the first message: “QWERTYUIOP” or “TESTING 1 2 3 4” or something similar, Tomlinson vaguely recalled – “the content was insignificant and forgettable”.
1971: Swiss women gained the right to vote at national level – 123 years after Swiss men.
1971: On the day of Idi Amin’s coup against Milton Obote, Radio Uganda alternated curfew warnings and the pop song “My Boy Lollipop”.
Source: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Settler’s Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food (2008), p. 239
1971: The translators of the King James Bible retained the Hebrew euphemism “to cover one’s feet”. In chapter 24 of the first book of Samuel, for instance, when David was hiding from Saul in a cave: “Saul went in to cover his feet”. Kenneth Taylor’s Living Bible updated this to: “Saul went into a cave to go to the bathroom”.
Source: Kenneth Taylor, The Living Bible (1971), p. 351