Concept

1971 in the United Kingdom

Summary
Events from the year 1971 in the United Kingdom. The year was marked by the introduction of decimal currency. Incumbents
  • Monarch – Elizabeth II
  • Prime Minister – Edward Heath (Conservative)
  • Parliament – 45th
Events January
  • 1 January – The Divorce Reform Act 1969 came into effect in England and Wales, allowing couples to divorce after a separation of two years (five if only one of them agrees). A divorce can also be granted on the grounds that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, and it is not essential for either partner to prove "fault". It was revealed on 19 January 1972 that the number of divorces in the United Kingdom during 1971 exceeded 100,000 for the first time.
  • 2 January – Ibrox disaster: a stairway crush at the Rangers vs. Celtic football match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow killed 66 and left many more injured.
  • 3 January – BBC Open University broadcasts began.
  • 8 January – Tupamaros kidnapped Geoffrey Jackson, British ambassad
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