1971 – Year Preview

1971: Decimalisation

1971. The U.K. changed it’s currency, a process known as Decimalisation, on February 15th . The I.R.A. bomb The Post Office Tower (now called the B.T, Tower) in London. Following public concern over immigration in the U.K, a new Immigration Bill ends Commonwealth citizens automatic entry to the country. The B.B.C. Open University broadcasts begin.

Intel releases the world’s first microprocessor, the 4004, and Texas Instruments release the first pocket calculator. Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover a day after landing on the surface of the moon.

British Prime Minister: Edward Heath

UK Annual Inflation Rate (RPI): 9.4%

UK Average House Price (UK average): £5,533 / £86,315 adjusted for inflation (2020)

UK Litre of Petrol: 7.5 New Pence / £1.17 adjusted for inflation (2020)

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