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The following major events took place in 1971:
- 3 January - Open University begins its programmes on the BBC.
- 15 February - Decimalisation Day. The UK switches to decimal currency. Some of us are still struggling with the idea.
- 23 February - Melinda Messenger, 34DD-22-34, born in Swindon.
- 29 July - British government cancels the Black Arrow.
The following military events took place in 1971: