Timeline of the Twentieth Century: 1970-1979
American Soldiers Accused of Murdering Entire Town of Vietnamese Civilians
Aswan High Dam Completed
Beatles Break Up
Computer Floppy Disks Introduced
Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes
Kent State Shootings
London Bridge Brought to the U.S.
United Kingdom Changes to Decimal System for Currency
M*A*S*H T.V. Show Premiers
Mark Spitz Wins Seven Gold Medals
Pocket Calculators Introduced
Terrorists Attack at the Olympic Games in Munich
Watergate Scandal Begins
Abortion Legalized in U.S.
Paul Getty Kidnapped
Sears Tower Built
U.S. Pulls Out of Vietnam
U.S. Vice President Resigns
Halie Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, Deposed
Mikhail Baryshnikov Defects
Patty Hearst Kidnapped
Terracotta Army Discovered in China
U.S. President Nixon Resigns
Arthur Ashe First Black Man to Win Wimbledon
Civil War in Lebanon
Pol Pot Becomes the Communist Dictator of Cambodia
Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens
North and South Vietnam Join to Form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Tangshan Earthquake Kills Over 240,000
Elvis Found Dead
Miniseries Roots Airs
South African Anti-Apartheid Leader Steve Biko Tortured to Death
Star Wars Movie Released
First Test-Tube Baby Born
John Paul II Becomes Pope
Ayatollah Khomeini Returns as Leader of Iran
Iran Takes American Hostages in Tehran
Margaret Thatcher First Woman Prime Minister of Great Britain
Mother Theresa Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island
Sony Introduces the Walkman
During the seventies the nation fell into an economic funk and inflation soared to new levels. In 1972 Richard Nixon pulled troops out of Vietnam. A time of widespread public cynicism of the government followed when President Nixon and the Republicans got caught eavesdropping on Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate scandal. Nixon was impeached and became the first president ever to resign on August 9th 1974.
In September of 1972 the Olympics were highlighted by American swimmer Mark Spitz and marked by the tragedy of the execution of most of the Israeli Olympic team by terrorists.
The energy crisis brought the end to muscle cars and cruising. Long gas lines and shortages kept people close to home.
In 1975, the year after I graduated High school, teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in Detroit never to be found again.
On July 4th 1976, America celebrated its 200th birthday.
The seventies marked the beginning of women's movement. The end of the seventies saw the rise and fall disco. Things like Bell Bottoms, Mini-skirts, Pet rocks, Mood rings, Platform Shoes, Disco, CB Radios, and Streaking defined the lives of people in the 70's.
In the mid 70's John Denver was leading the county charts with his Rocky Mountain High music while Elton John was tearing up the rock music charts.
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