As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The Sylmar California Earthquake -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* The Media Reveals that the Government was in the Wrong! -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* The D.B. Cooper Skyjacking -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The Sylmar California EarthquakeI awaken in the gloom of the early morning. Everything is moving. The bookcase is teetering, and I wonder if it is going to fall. I am half asleep, but I know I'm in the middle of an earthquake. No big deal. We get a lot of these in Southern California. It will stop in a second. OK. Maybe 5 seconds. Wait. IT'S NOT STOPPING! The phones are dead, but my father is a telephone lineman. He doesn't need a call to know that they need him at work right-the-heck now. It was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Sylmar. I am studying modern building practices, and I've seen a lot of new construction out there, but many of those "modern" buildings have collapsed or are damaged beyond repair. Bridge foundations are crushed. A wing of the Veterans Hospital has collapsed. People are dead. We haven't heard from our father for 3 days. He can't call. Even where the phone lines are intact, so many people are trying to call simultaneously that they cannot get a dial tone. We are millions together, and all alone.  
The Media Reveals that the Government was in the Wrong!Contributed by Southpaw Ben It's February 1971. You're a reporter . The aide for a leader of a task force studying the Vietnam war approaches you with as study called "United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense". Upon examination, you realize this could be a journalistic gold mine, but would damage the image of the government, and possibly threaten your career. What would you do?
The aide was Daniel Ellsberg, aide to Assistant Secretary of Defense McNaughton. You're Neil Sheehan of the New York Times. The study brought to you will become known as the Pentagon Papers, and will be one of the final nails in the coffin for American public's support of the Vietnam war. The contents of the paper reveal that the Department of Defense knew the war was unwinnable, and also showed just how much previous administrations had actually known about the war, including the fact that JFK knew of the plans to overthrow Ngo Dinh Diem well prior to the November 1963 coup, and that Johnson, despite promising not to expand the Vietnam war, had plans to do just that well before the 1964 election. It also revealed the expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, which had never been reported upon by the media. The Nixon administration attempted to have the New York Times cease publication, and the issue eventually went to the Supreme Court, who ruled that publication was legal and could continue. Ellsburgwas charged with Espionage, but the case was dismissed when it was discovered his psychiatrist was burglarized by a secret White House team to discredit him. We will here more about this same team next year. 
The D.B. Cooper SkyjackingContributed by Alex Shrugged
- "I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me."
- -- "D. B. Cooper" as he hijacks a 727. 
This Year in Film
- Fiddler on the Roof: A Jewish dairyman sings his way through the trials of life. (A Jewish "Must See".--alexshrugged) 
- Dirty Harry: Clint Eastwood. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" 
- A Clockwork Orange: A rapist and murderer is brainwashed to make him "good". (Socialism at its worst.--alexshrugged) 
- Billy Jack: A Green-Beret veteran defends hippies against corrupt police. (This is not as outlandish as it seems. The KKK was killing communists at this time. Hippies and Jews were perceived as communists.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in TV
- Columbo: Peter Falk plays a bumbling homicide detective. 
- The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour: Cher builds a music career. Sonny Bono builds a political career. 
- All in the Family: Archie Bunker offers controversial commentary on issues of the day. (It is funny because at some level all comedy must be true.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
- Maggie May: Rod Stewart. 
In Other News
- Project Gutenberg digitizes the Declaration of Independence: Thus begins the digital archive of public domain books. (The Internet does not exist, yet, so access is limited to the students on campus.--alexshrugged)