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The following events occurred in October 1971:
- 1 October 1, 1971 (Friday)
- 2 October 2, 1971 (Saturday)
- 3 October 3, 1971 (Sunday)
- 4 October 4, 1971 (Monday)
- 5 October 5, 1971 (Tuesday)
- 6 October 6, 1971 (Wednesday)
- 7 October 7, 1971 (Thursday)
- 8 October 8, 1971 (Friday)
- 9 October 9, 1971 (Saturday)
- 10 October 10, 1971 (Sunday)
- 11 October 11, 1971 (Monday)
- 12 October 12, 1971 (Tuesday)
- 13 October 13, 1971 (Wednesday)
- 14 October 14, 1971 (Thursday)
- 15 October 15, 1971 (Friday)
- 16 October 16, 1971 (Saturday)
- 17 October 17, 1971 (Sunday)
- 18 October 18, 1971 (Monday)
- 19 October 19, 1971 (Tuesday)
- 20 October 20, 1971 (Wednesday)
- 21 October 21, 1971 (Thursday)
- 22 October 22, 1971 (Friday)
- 23 October 23, 1971 (Saturday)
- 24 October 24, 1971 (Sunday)
- 25 October 25, 1971 (Monday)
- 26 October 26, 1971 (Tuesday)
- 27 October 27, 1971 (Wednesday)
- 28 October 28, 1971 (Thursday)
- 29 October 29, 1971 (Friday)
- 30 October 30, 1971 (Saturday)
- 31 October 31, 1971 (Sunday)
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- Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida.
- Aurigny Air Services commences operations with the Britten-Norman Trislander.
- Soul Train, the African-American equivalent to American Bandstand, makes its first appearance.
- Preserved ex-Great Western Railway steam locomotive No. 6000 King George V inaugurates a series of special trains on British Rail, the first steam allowed on the main line for several years.
- François Cevert of France wins the United States Grand Prix, his only Formula One win. Jackie Stewart ends the season as champion.
- Died: Archduchess Adelheid of Austria, 57; Seán Ó Riada, Irish musician and composer, 40 (of cirrhosis of the liver)
- Petroleum is found under Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
- Filming of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii begins.
- The last British Rail Class 42 locomotives go out of use in the UK.
- Vietnam War: Operation Jefferson Glenn comes to a close.
- Swiss water-skier Marina Ricolfi-Doria marries Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, in Tehran.
- Died: K. Kelappan, 82, Indian civil rights activist
- Tathra National Park and Alexander Morrison National Park in Western Australia are officially named.
- Vietnam War: Conclusion of Commando Hunt IV.
October 10, 1971 (Sunday)
- Classic British TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs is shown for the first time on ITV.
- The 1831 London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
- Born: Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist, in Moscow
October 11, 1971 (Monday)
- Died: Chester Conklin, 85, American comedian and silent film star
October 12, 1971 (Tuesday)
- New York City Department of Consumer Affairs recommends the repeal of a city law banning homosexuals from working in or going to bars.
- Died: Gene Vincent, 36, American singer, of a ruptured stomach ulcer
October 13, 1971 (Wednesday)
- A World Series game takes place at night, for the first time.
- Born: Sacha Baron Cohen, British comedian, in Hammersmith, London
October 14, 1971 (Thursday)
- The asteroid 2446 Lunacharsky is discovered by Lyudmila Chernykh.
- The U.S. conducts an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site.
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Submarine Voyage opens at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
October 15, 1971 (Friday)
- The 2,500 Year Celebration of Iran begins, celebrating the birth of Persia.
- Died: William Hill, 68, English gambling magnate
October 16, 1971 (Saturday)
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono move to 105 Bank Street, Greenwich Village, New York City.
- Died: Robin Boyd, 52, Australian architect, of a post-operative stroke
October 17, 1971 (Sunday)
October 18, 1971 (Monday)
- In New York City, the Knapp Commission begins public hearings on police corruption.
October 19, 1971 (Tuesday)
- Soviet satellite Kosmos 453 is launched into orbit around the Earth.
- Opening of the Kieferngarten and Sendlinger Tor stations on the Munich U-Bahn.
- 15 elderly residents die in a fire at the Geiger Nursing and Convalescence Home in Texas Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, US. An investigation lasting nearly 5 years reveals that one of the residents set the fire which killed him and the others.
- Died: Betty Bronson, 64, American silent film star
October 20, 1971 (Wednesday)
- The Nepal stock exchange collapses.
- Swiss astronomer Paul Wild discovers the asteroids 1838 Ursa, 1839 Ragazza and 1893 Jakoba.
- Born: Dannii Minogue, Australian singer and actress, in Melbourne
- Died: Louis E. Woods, 76, American aviator
October 21, 1971 (Thursday)
- U.S. President Richard Nixon nominates Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- A gas explosion in Clarkston, Glasgow kills 20 people.
- Born: Jade Jagger, English-Nicaraguan model and socialite, in Paris, to Mick and Bianca Jagger
October 22, 1971 (Friday)
- Fire breaks out at Texas Mill, Ashton-under-Lyne, England. The fire service requires over 40 appliances to fight the blaze and a fireman is killed. The historic building is completely destroyed.
October 23, 1971 (Saturday)
- In the 1971 Scottish League Cup Final, Partick Thistle defeat Glasgow Celtic 4–1 at Hampden Park in a major upset.
- Died: Ion Rîmaru, 25, Romanian serial killer ("The Vampire of Bucharest"), executed by firing squad
October 24, 1971 (Sunday)
- Born: Dervla Kirwan, Irish actress, in Dublin
October 25, 1971 (Monday)
- Under Resolution 2758, the United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of China and expels the Republic of China (or Taiwan).
- Born: Midori, Japanese violinist, in Osaka
October 26, 1971 (Tuesday)
- Luboš Kohoutek discovers over 30 new asteroids, including 1840 Hus, 1841 Masaryk, 1865 Cerberus, 1894 Haffner, 1895 Larink and 1896 Beer.
- Born: Audley Harrison, British boxer, in London
October 27, 1971 (Wednesday)
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
- Born: Reema Khan, Pakistani film star, in Sahiwal
October 28, 1971 (Thursday)
- The British House of Commons votes 356–244 in favour of joining the European Economic Community.
- The United Kingdom becomes the sixth nation to launch a satellite into orbit, the Prospero X-3, using a Black Arrow carrier rocket.
- The Egyptian Opera House (Khedivial Opera House) in Cairo burns down.
- The Newfoundland general election results in a hung parliament; Joey Smallwood retains the premiership for only another three months.
October 29, 1971 (Friday)
- Vietnam War – Vietnamization: The total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest since January 1966).
- Born: Winona Ryder, American actress, in Olmsted County, Minnesota
- Died: Duane Allman, 24, American rock musician, in a motorcycle accident; Arne Tiselius, 69, Swedish biochemist and Nobel laureate
October 30, 1971 (Saturday)
October 31, 1971 (Sunday)
- A bomb explodes at the top of the Post Office Tower in London.
- Wood, G. C. (1972). 6000 King George V – a chronology. Hereford: 6000 Locomotive Association.
- "FIVE GREAT MOMENTS AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM". The Sporting News. 2000. Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
The first night game in World Series history was a thrilling one for Pittsburgh fans.