1971 had its share of bad luck, as we saw last week. But many people, singly and in groups, were blessed with good luck this same year.

Among the groups blessed were lovers of the Arts. In New York City on March 18 th, the Whitney Museum of Art acquired 1,500 works by painter Edward Hopper. On September 8 th, composer Leonard Bernstein's Mass inaugurated the premier season of Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Back in New York cellist Pablo Casals conducted a United Nations concert on October 24 th.

Luck is often a matter of skill. Nowhere else is this as apparent as in the arenas of sports - certain fans, players and teams certainly felt like the children of fortune this year. In March, UCLA's basketball won its fifth straight NCAA title. Early the following month the Soviet hockey team defeated Sweden to win their 19 th straight world championship. Five days later, on April 8 th, New York City Mayor john Lindsay placed a two dollar bet, inaugurating New York State's Off Track Betting. On the 27 th baseball player Hank Aaron became the third player to hit more than 600 home runs. And toward the end of May race driver Al Unser won his second Indianapolis 500 in a row. A record fell on June 26 th, as runner John Smith set the 440-yard dash record ­p; crossing the tape in 44.5 seconds. And on the day before Independence Day U. S. high jumper Pat Matzdorf sets a new record of 7'5.5". A month later Jamaican runner Don Quarrie broke the record for the 200-meter dash, coming in at 19.8 seconds.

Native Americans saw some gains in 1971. The U. S. Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. And in Canada's North West Territories Radio Tuk-to-yak-tuk went on the air, broadcasting, in English and In-uk-tu-tuk.

Women made some advances as well. On January 25 th the U. S. Supreme Court ruled, in Phillips v. Martin Marietta that a company may not deny employment to a woman with small children unless it treats a man the same way. On February 7 th Switzerland gave women the vote - in federal elections. April 13 th saw the election of Patricia Sewell Latting in Oklahoma City - the first female mayor of a city with a population of over 200,000, November brought the two first female priests, as the Anglican Church ordains its first two.

Also in the political arena, two men were added to the White House staff. G. Gordon Liddy was named general counsel to Nixon's re-election committee, and E. Howard Hunt became a White House consultant.

For Classical ninety-one five, this is David Minor.

© 1997 David Minor / Eagles Byte