Our last couple of years in secondary education were momentous times for the world in general. We were truly part of an amazing generation; the tail end of what is now referred to as the "Baby Boomers." For a time, we ruled marketing and television programming. Then came Y. And they ruined everything. I don't even want to TALK about X.
But we had our moment in the sun. For we were seniors once, and young.
(Disclaimer: I've chosen not to dwell on the negatives, and focus more on the less dark moments from that year.)
September 8, 1971 (Wednesday)
• In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated with the première of Leonard Bernstein's Mass
September 12, 1971 (Sunday)
• A concert by Funkadelic is recorded, to be released 25 years later as Live: Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan – 12th September 1971
October 13, 1971 (Wednesday)
• Born: Sacha Baron Cohen, British comedian, in Hammersmith, London
October 16, 1971 (Saturday)
• John Lennon and Yoko Ono move to 105 Bank Street, Greenwich Village, New York City.
November 8, 1971 (Monday)
• Led Zeppelin release their officially untitled fourth studio album; it goes on to become the biggest selling album of the year (1972), the band's biggest selling album, and the fourth best-selling album of all time
November 24, 1971 (Wednesday)
• During a severe thunderstorm over Washington, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked, with $200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history)
December 4, 1971 (Saturday)
• The Montreux Casino burns down during a Frank Zappa concert. The event is memorialized in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water". The casino is rebuilt in 1975
December 28, 1971 (Tuesday)
• In the final of the 1971 Tangerine Bowl, held in Orlando, Florida, the Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference defeat the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference 28–3
January 4, 1972 (Tuesday)
• The first scientific electronic pocket calculator, the HP-35 was introduced by Hewlett-Packard and priced at $395. Although hand-held electronic machines, that could multiply and divide (such as the Canon Pocketronic) had been made since 1971, the HP-35 could handle higher functions including logarithms and trigonometry
January 25, 1972 (Tuesday)
• In a nationally televised address, President Nixon revealed that Henry Kissinger had been secretly negotiating with North Vietnamese leaders, and announced "a plan for peace that can end the war in Vietnam". North Vietnam rejected the proposal the next day
February 12, 1972 (Saturday)
• TIME Magazine won the right to publish excerpts from Clifford Irving's "autobiography" of Howard Hughes, a day after cancelling declaring that it was a hoax. TIME had discovered also that much of the work had been plagiarized from author James Phelan
March 10, 1972 (Friday)
• Broadcaster Larry King was cleared of charges of grand larceny that had been brought by a former business partner. His arrest in December 1971 nearly ruined his career, and King would work at various radio jobs before getting a nationally syndicated talk show in 1978. In 1985, he would launch Larry King Live on CNN
March 11, 1972 (Saturday)
• Carnival Cruise Lines made its very first voyage, as the Mardi Gras departed Miami for an 8-day cruise ... and ran aground on a sandbar. The 530 passengers, most of whom were travel agents and their families, continued to enjoy themselves until tugboats dislodged the ship the next day, and the new company received national publicity from the incident
April 12, 1972 (Wednesday)
• The table tennis team from the People's Republic of China arrived in Detroit to begin their tour of the United States
April 25, 1972 (Tuesday)
• Photographs that developed "right before your eyes" were introduced when Edwin H. Land of the Polaroid Corporation demonstrated the SX-70 film and camera
May 13, 1972 (Saturday)
• Weeks after the Apollo 16 mission had departed, an 1,100 kg meteorite crashed on the Moon and left a crater "as large as a football field"
• Died: Dan Blocker, 43, actor ("Hoss" in Bonanza)
May 27, 1972 (Saturday)
• The Opryland USA theme park was opened in Nashville, Tennessee. The park, which attracted more than two million visitors annually at its peak, operated for 25 years before closing at the end of 1997
June 1, 1972 (Thursday)
• 459 Seniors from Jefferson City Senior High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, completed the walk around the track bordering the fabled football field of that high school to receive their diplomas.