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Timeline for 1971
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1971 was a year.



In Maryland on 24 March, Dr Elizabeth Shaw formally opened the Trainor Foundation building in honour of her recently-deceased friend, Dr Bernard Trainor. (PROSE: The Devil Goblins from Neptune)

On 19 April, 1971, Earth launched its first space station, Salyut 1. (PROSE: Time Traveller's Diary)

During the summer, the Cod War was fought between the United Kingdom and Iceland. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)


A military satellite designated Haw-Haw was placed in orbit by a British military Black Star rocket to jam extraterrestrial signals and broadcasts. It was controlled by Space Security. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

The Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon fought the Quarks in New York City. (COMIC: Martha the Mechanical Housemaid)

Reports from the Soviet Union suggested that the health of Nikita Khrushchev, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was failing. Although he had been removed from that office in 1964, he still exercised considerable influence over the Politburo. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

Sarah Jane Smith visited the Sistine Chapel on a tour. (PROSE: Managra)

A Dalek craft landed on the Moon and captured several humans. Jeff Stone saw the remains of the craft in a museum in the Dalek capital city on Skaro in 2400. (COMIC: City of the Daleks)

Births and deaths


During the summer, musician Louis Armstrong died. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

On 24 December, Carmen died. (COMIC: Be Forgot)


As part of her punishment for creating the Thirteen-Day Republic, Cousin Anastasia died her first death in Kazan in 1971. (PROSE: The Book of the War)