Angela M's. 1970s Timeline

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    The 1970s in detail

  • US Soldiers found guilty of murder in My Lei Massacre

    US Soldiers found guilty of murder in My Lei Massacre
    The U.S. Army had charged 26 soldiers for the illegal killings (murder) resulting from the My Lei massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968 (the massacre’s date) because of violations of the Geneva Accords.
  • The Beatles Break-up

    The Beatles Break-up
    On April 10th, 1970, Paul McCartney publicly announced he was leaving The Beatles in the U.S. because of disputes over a new manager.
  • Apollo 13 mission suffers huge setback

    Apollo 13 mission suffers huge setback
    In April 1970, the Apollo 13 space mission suffered a setback when a meteorite hit the oxygen tank, as too much C02 is bad for the human system. It exemplified U.S. brainpower.
  • Computer Floppy Disks Introduced

    Computer Floppy Disks Introduced
    Released by IBM in 1970, computer floppy discs were commercially available in the U.S. to store information by simply uploading it into the diskette.
  • First Earth Day

    First Earth Day
    On April 27th in the U.S., the first Earth Day took place to celebrate the environment through coordinator and Senator Gaylord Nelson.
  • Kent. State Shootings

    Kent. State Shootings
    On May 4th, 4 students were shot dead at Kent State University by the National Guard for widely debated and unknown reasons, which drew more publicity to the government’s cover-ups of Cambodia.
  • 18 year olds can now vote

    18 year olds can now vote
    President Richard Nixon signed a U.S. law on June 22, 1970, that allowed 18 yr. olds to vote because of pressure from people saying, “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.” Though it was later challenged, this pressure later resulted in the 26th Amendment, which officially made 18 yr. olds eligible to vote.
  • Aswan High Dam Completed

    Aswan High Dam Completed
    On July 21, 1970, the Aswan High Dam was completed in Egypt on the Nile River region for the benefits of hydroelectric power and the break of the cyclical flood-drought seasons. Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser originally had U.S. and British financing, but later turned to Soviet loans to finish it.
  • Bar codes introduced in the UK on retail products

    Bar codes introduced in the UK on retail products
    In 1970, Logicon Inc. created the Universal Grocery Products Identification Code (UGPIC) and was first used by the British Plessey Telecommunications for easier management of products, bringing forth an entirely new system to be used in the future.
  • Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes

    Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes
    On Sept. 6th, 1970, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (which will be called the PFLP), hijacked 3 (with an additional 4th and 5th) European jetliners heading to the U.S. because of the leader’s opposition to the War of Attrition’s cease-fire. Taking the passengers as hostages, he was able to get his demands by releasing them in trickles.
  • The EPA is created

    The EPA is created
    The U.S. federal government made the EPA on Dec. 3rd, 1970 to add government authority to protect the environment by looking over everything.
  • The World Trade Ceneter is completed

    The World Trade Ceneter is completed
    The first part of the WTC (the North Tower) was completed on Dec. 23, 1970, in New York by the workers for Port Authority after about 4 years of work. It sparked the importance of international trade before e-mails and other utilities.
  • End of Gold Standard for US Currency

    End of Gold Standard for US Currency
    Fort Knox, is where the gold is stored. Figured out that they don’t need this gold, the United States government was backing them up, Fiat money. Has value because government says so. Government backs up value of money, not gold.
  • Amtrak was created

    Amtrak was created
    Amtrak was created then, in October, 1970, in an attempt to revive passenger rail service, congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act. That Act created Amtrak, a private company which, on May 1, 1971 began managing a nation-wide rail system dedicated to passenger service.
  • the Pentagon Papers were released

    the Pentagon Papers were released
    It showed the American public that nobody should put blind trust into any institution. American public shall never just trust. This was not an accident; they actually had gone to court and had a court session. An explanation of how their publication would reveal secrets of great import.
  • The London Bridge

    The London Bridge
    In 1971 the London Bridge came over seas to come to Lake Havasu, Arizona. It was sold to Lake Havasu City because the built of the London Bridge was not sound enough to carry the heavy weight of trafficking cars. Also, the London Bridge was breaking down, so a new bridge needed a new bridge. The bridge was brought over by pieces then slowly put back together and after all was said and done, the bridge was put back together by 1971.
  • South Vietnam and US invade Laos

    The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had been using Laos and Cambodia as a safe haven from which to attack Americans in South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese would cross from Laos into South Vietnam, attack, and then hurry back across the Laotian border when US forces started after them. Supply lines from North Vietnam to its forces in the south also ran through Laos and Cambodia, just over the border from South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese knew the US would respect the bprder so they did not,
  • Cigarette Ads got banned from TV

    Cigarette Ads got banned from TV
    Also, in 1971, was the first year since a long time that cigarette ads got banned. New studies showed that tobacco is unhealthy for you and that tobacco can be the main cause of Lung Cancer, and other damaging diseases. By stopping the commercials, they rate of teenage smoking rate lowered because this was the main cause for underage smoking. The ads at first were only banned on TV but later on in time, the ads were later banned from the radio.
  • VCRs are introduced

    VCRs are introduced
    With VCRs now out, the people could now watch movies or even TV shows whenever they would like too. All they had to do is now pop in the video in to the player, and watch it unravel before their eyes.
  • Attica State Prison Riots

    Attica State Prison Riots
    The Attica Prison riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States in 1971. The riot was based in part upon prisoners' demands for better living conditions, and was led in large part by a small band of political revolutionaries. On September 9, 1971, responding to the death of prisoner George Jackson, a black radical activist prisoner who had been shot to death by corrections officers in California's San Quentin Prison on August 21, about 1,000 of the prison's
  • D.B Cooper

    D. B. Cooper D. B. Cooper is the name popularly used to refer an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, USA on November 24, 1971, extorted USD $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an exhaustiveFBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. To date, the case remains the only unsolved airline hijacking in American aviation history.
  • Disney World Opens

    Disney World Opens
    On Friday October 1, 1971 - after seven years of planning - about 10,000 visitors converged near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom (the only theme park at the time on Disney property) featured Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland, a Main Street USA, and about 5,500 Cast Members. The price of admission was $4.95.
  • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Ed

    Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Ed
    This is a law suit by people who moved to a very nice school, nice neighborhood but their child was not allowed to go to that school; instead their child had to be bused to another school. The district fought back because they have the right to separate, and equal out the racial differences.
  • Direct Dial

    Direct Dial
    Before this, to make a call, outside the country, you had to pick up the phone, wait for and operator, then have them put you through to the call. This was a new invention for America.
  • The Microprosser was invented

    The Microprosser was invented
    The microprocessor was first invented in this time period by Intel. The microprocessor is just like a chip in the computer that helps run it. Different computers have different chips within them but this one of the newer inventions. This also, was the absolute smallest, chip ever invented. They could be in your car, your coffee maker, your cell phone, your wristwatch, etc.
  • China joins the UN

    China joins the UN
    In 1971, China first joins the UN (United Nations). They decided to join the UN because they wanted to improve their international status. With China now in the UN, a move like this could set a new direction for China. Before this, China was NOT in the UN. Without them in the UN, trying to contact China was very difficult.
  • Nixon visits China

    Nixon visits China
    When Nixon's trip was announced, politicos and bureaucrats around the world were indeed shocked. On February 17, 1972, Richard Nixon set out on his historic trip to China. Two years of effort had led to the moment, yet no one knew if the Chinese were prepared to agree to anything. The script had yet to be written. Nixon did not even know if there would be a meeting with Chairman Mao. "We were embarking," Nixon remembered, "on a voyage of philosophical discovery as uncertain, and in some ways .."
  • The Wars Act is passed

    Also called the War Powers Resolution, it limited the president’s authority to order in troops into hostile situations without a form of declaration or Congressional approval ever since the end of the Vietnam War.
  • Nixon visits Soviet Union

    In May 1972 Nixon paid a state visit to Moscow to sign 10 formal agreements, the most important of which were the nuclear arms limitation treaties known as SALT I (based on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks conducted between the United States and the Soviet Union beginning in 1969) and a memorandum, the Basic Principles of U.S.-Soviet Relations, summarizing the new relationship between the two countries in the new era of détente.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) introduced

    SSI was introduced in the U.S. by the government to help the aged, blind, and disabled who have little or no income; it provides cash for needs in clothing, food, and shelter to aid those who are out the streets.
  • Watergate Scandal Begins

    On the morning of June 17th, 1972, security guard Frank Wills at the Watergate Hotel discovered a burglary in the Democratic National Committee’s offices, an event that would ultimately trigger more government distrust and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
  • Mark Spitz wins seven gold medals

    At the Olympics, he won seven gold medals and broke another seven world records. He won the one-hundred meter butterfly, the two-hundred meter butterfly, the one-hundred meter free-style, the two-hundred free-style, the four-hundred meter free-style, the eight-hundred meter free-style, and the four-hundred meter medley relay. Then, however, his triumph went sour. Just a few hours after his last race ended, some Arab terrorists came and killed twelve Jews.
  • Terrorists Attack at the Olympic Games in Munich

    On Sept. 5th, 1972, Palestinian terrorists associated with the 1970 hijackings killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, 9 being hostages killed in a gunfight that also killed 5 terrorists. This brought worldwide attention to the Palestinian situation, actually showing the world that there is a Palestine.
  • M*A*S*H TV show premiers

    M*A*S*H TV show premiers
    The series was developed by Larry Gelbart and premiered in the US on September 17, 1972, and ended February 28, 1983, with the finale becoming the most-watched television episode in U.S. television history with 105.97 million viewers. The series, which covered a three-year military conflict, spanned 251 episodes and lasted eleven seasons. Many of the stories in the early seasons are based on real-life tales told by real MASH surgeons who were interviewed by the production team.
  • HBO launched

    HBO launched
    HBO, home box office, was born in November, 1972 and initially used microwave to broadcast its signal. On December 13, 1975, HBO began broadcasting via satellite - just in time to show the famous "Thrilla in Manilla" boxing match between Joe Frazier and Mohammad Ali. Early HBO presentation was simple, and downright primitive compared to the glossy, state-of-the-art presentation that HBO cultivates today. Its logo was different as well - while the basic design is the same as that used today.
  • Supreme Court rules against death penalty

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down state and federal capital punishment deeming it was “cruel and unusual”, which is therefore unconstitutional because it violated the Eighth Amendment and the due process guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Pocket Calculators Introduced

    Pocket Calculators Introduced
    Battery operated, hand held calculators were sold in this year in the U.S.A to introduce a portable, reliable, and easy to use device that shapes our technology today.
  • Abortion Legalized in U.S.

    On January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision in the case
    of Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. Even now, the ruling is still controversial
    with people debating over certain limits or banning it outright.
  • Sears Tower Built

    Sears Tower Built
    In May 1973, the building that would hold the world record for tallest building
    for almost 25 yrs. was completed and dubbed the Sears Tower after 4 years of
    planning and construction.
  • Girls allowed to play in Little League Baseball

    Due to a ruling from the previous year by Sylvia Pressler, girls with athletic
    dreams were finally allowed into the Little League sports of baseball and softball.
    Pressler said, “The institution of Little League is as American as the hotdog and
    apple pie. There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from
    girls."
  • Paul Getty Kidnapped

    Paul Getty III, grandson of incredibly rich oil tycoon Paul Getty I, was kidnapped
    on July 10th and was held for ransom until November because his frugal
    grandfather refused to pay the ransom of $17 million until a letter with his
    grandson’s ear was received with another ransom of $3.2 million dollars. Even
    then, the grandfather did not pay it to the fullest and poor Paul Getty III was
    traumatized and had a stressful later life.
  • Patty Hearst Kidnapped

    The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Ms. Hearst on February 4th in her
    Berkeley apartment to serve as another member of their ‘army’ against the ‘war’
    on those with status and money like her father, William Randolph Hearst. This
    was achieved through harsh physical and psychological treatment that almost
    guaranteed Hearst’s cooperation and even alliance.
  • U.S. President Nixon Resigns

    Due to a loss of support and certainty of impeachment from the Watergate
    Scandal, President Nixon resigned on August 9th, 1974 after addressing the public
    the evening before. He is also the first president ever to do so.
  • Gerald Ford pardons Nixon

    President Ford pardoned former President Nixon on Sept. 18th, 1974 as issued by
    Proclamation 4311. This was met by a dip in his approval ratings, from 71% to
    49%.
  • Freedom of Information Act passed over Ford’s veto

    On Nov. 20, 1974, as well as the day following, the House of Representatives and
    the Senate majority voted to override Ford’s veto to the Freedom of Information
    Act’s 1974 Amendments. This occurred after the Watergate Scandal, and
    opposition to the bill were mainly concerned about leaks. It secured the public’s
    right for access to information.
  • OPEC doubles price of oil

    Due to losses experienced by Egypt and Syria in the Yom Kippur war, a result of
    U.S. military assistance to Israel, Arab-dominated OPEC used a 70% increase in
    oil prices when said losing nations had the tide against them on October 17. This
    eventually went of 130% more (effectively doubling prices) by December.
  • National Speed Limit-55mph

    National Speed Limit-55mph
    To lessen the impact of oil price spikes and supply disruptions, President Nixon
    signed the National Maximum Speed Law that capped the speed limit at 55
    in U.S highways. However, this law was unpopular and was found to have a
    noncompliance rate of 83%, leading to it being repealed in 1995.
  • Jimmy Hoffa disappears-

    Jimmy Hoffa disappears-
    Jimmy Hoffa disappears- Hoffa went to the Red Fox Restaurant outside of Detroit to allegedly
    meet three men, a Detroit labor leader, an important local mobster and a powerful figure in New
    Jersey Teamster politics. After waiting for Hoffa was seen getting into a car in the restaurant
    parking lot with several other men. Investigators are pretty sure that he never got out of the car
    alive.
  • Arthur Ashe First Black Man to Win Wimbledon

    Arthur Ashe First Black Man to Win Wimbledon came as somewhat of a surprise to the tennis
    establishment. After winning a tennis scholarship to UCLA, Ashe was taken under the wing of
    tennis star Pancho Gonzales, who recognized the young player’s potential.
  • President Ford assassination attempts

    President Ford assassination attempts
    President Ford assassination attempts- Sept. 5, 1975, Squeaky Fromme was the first to try
    and assinate President Ford. Seventeen days after Fromme's assassination attempt, another
    Manson "Family" member, Sara Jane Moore, also tried to kill the president. September 22, 1975
    in San Francisco, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at President Ford that missed his head by several
    feet. She spent 32 years in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Reson-Unknown.
  • Catalytic convertors introduced on cars

    Catalytic convertors introduced on cars-In automobiles, this typically results in 90% conversion
    of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides into less harmful gases. A catalytic
    converter works by using a catalyst to stimulate a chemical reaction in which the by-products
    of combustion are converted to produce less harmful and/or inert substances, such as the very
    poisonous carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.
  • Francisco Franco dies-

    Francisco Franco dies- He was a Spanish military general and head of state of Spain from October
    1936 until his death in November 1975. He participated in the Rif War in Morocco, becoming
    the youngest general in Europe by 1926.
  • Apple Computer launched

    Apple Computer launched
    Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve
    Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, to sell the Apple I personal computer kit. They were hand-built
    by Wozniak and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. The Apple I was
    sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—less than what is
    today considered a complete personal computer. The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was
    market-priced at $666.66 ($2,572 in 2011 dollars)
  • Entebbe Air Raid

    On June 27th 1976, a mixed group of German and Palestinian terrorists
    hijacked an Air France Airbus A300 which was travelling from Tel Aviv to Paris via Athens.
    The plane was diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda, after a refueling stop in Benghazi, Libya. Over the next few days, many of the hostages were released, but over 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained in the hands of the hijackers.
  • Betamax VCR’s released

    Betamax (sometimes called Beta) is a home videocassette tape
    recording format developed by Sony, released on May 10, 1975. The cassettes contain 1/2-inch
    (12.7mm)-wide videotape in a design similar to the earlier, professional 3/4-inch (19.05mm) U-
    matic format. The format is generally considered obsolete, though it is still used in specialist
    applications by a small minority of people.
  • North and South Vietnam Join to Form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

    In early 1975,
    North Vietnamese regular military forces began a major offensive in the south, inflicting great
    damage to the south's forces. The communists took Saigon on April 30, 1975, and announced
    their intention to reunify the country. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (north) absorbed the
    former Republic of Vietnam (south) to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on July 2, 1976.
  • West Point admits women

    On the morning of July 7, 1976, 119 women joined the Corps of
    Cadets, establishing the first class of females at The United States Military Academy at West
    Point. Of those, 62 women walked across Michie Stadium to graduate in May 1980, becoming
    second lieutenants in the Army, and making history in the process.
  • Legionnaire’s disease strikes 182, kills 29

    In late July 1976, American Legionnaires
    returning from a state convention in Philadelphia began to fall ill with mysterious symptoms:
    pneumonia and fevers topping 107 degrees. By early August, news organizations across the
    country were reporting that 6 to 14 of the men in Pennsylvania had died. Others were in hospitals
    fighting for their lives. No laboratory tests could determine the cause of their illness, which
    quickly became known as Legionnaires’ disease. Health status-Unknown.
  • Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens

    Comaneci earned a total of seven perfect ten
    scores at those Olympic Games. She won three gold medals for the all-around competition,
    uneven bars, and balance beam. She also won a silver medal for the team competition and a
    bronze medal for the floor exercise. Comaneci became the first Romanian to win the all-around
    title and she was also the youngest all-around champion at 14 years old.
  • Mao Tse-tung dies

    Mao Tse-tung died of a heart attack on September 9, 1976 in Beijing,
    China. Some sources state that he died of Parkinson disease. Mao was 82 when he died.
    Tiananmen Square is the home of his mausoleum.
  • Karen Ann Quinlan

    Karen Ann Quinlan was the first modern icon of the right-to-die debate. The 21-year-old Quinlan collapsed at a party after swallowing alcohol and the tranquilizer Valium on 14 April
    1975. Doctors saved her life, but she suffered brain damage and lapsed into a persistent vegetative
    state. Her family waged a much-publicized legal battle for the right to remove her life support machinery.
    They succeeded, but in a final twist, Quinlan kept breathing after the respirator was unplugged. In acoma 10yr
  • President Carter pardons Vietnam Draft Dodgers

    On Jan. 21st, President Jimmy Carter pardoned thousands of Vietnam Draft
    Dodgers on his first day as president, primarily those who fled the country or did
    not register, a way to mend what was left of the war, unlike Ford’s conditional
    amnesty. However, deserters and those who protested violently were excluded
    from Carter’s pardon, showing the importance of both the military and internal
    peace.
  • Miniseries Roots Airs

    Adapted from Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, Roots
    started airing on Jan. 23rd and ended on the thirtieth. It goes over the history of an
    African-American family and sparked interest in oral and genealogical history.
    Most of all, the finale is still the third-highest rated U.S. program of all time.
  • Miniseries Roots Airs

    Adapted from Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, Roots
    started airing on Jan. 23rd and ended on the thirtieth. It goes over the history of an
    African-American family and sparked interest in oral and genealogical history.
    Most of all, the finale is still the third-highest rated U.S. program of all time.
  • Red Dye #2 is banned

    Red Dye #2 is banned
    Because of carcinogen fears and an experiment in which several aged female
    rats were fed the dye (and developed tumors), the FDA had decided to ban Red
    Dye #2 from any use at all, ranging from food to cosmetics, on Feb. 13th, 1976,
    according to most sources.
  • Star Wars Movie Released

    The famous franchise all started in May 25th, when George Lucas released the
    first of the Star Wars movies, the fourth one, to be exact. It sparked the intensely
    popular movie series that would capture the attention of millions today and
    expand its franchise to all sorts of product areas.
  • Alaskan Pipeline completed

    Alaskan Pipeline completed
    The Alaskan Pipeline was completed on May 31st after construction began in the
    wake of the oil crisis of 1973, with construction starting in ’75.
  • New York City blackout

    On July 13th, a mass blackout affected New York City, and while several people
    had helped each other, it had instigated rioting, looting, and other such events,
    just as the city was going through a financial crisis. Over $300 million dollars
    of damage and looting were sustained and there were so many arrests that the
    prisons overflowed.
  • Neutron bomb funding began

    At around July 18th, President Carter allowed funding, reluctantly though, for
    the neutron bomb which would show technological and military superiority
    over the U.S.S.S.R during the Cold War. The destructive power of such a
    bomb could destroy human life while keeping buildings and technology
    undamaged, a truly deadly weapon.
  • First Test-Tube Baby Born

    Louise Joy Brown gained attention when she was born on July 25th as the
    world’s very first test-tube baby. The event was an incredible breakthrough in
    medical science, but many were concerned about the possible side effects or
    negative effects that could occur just for being outside the womb. However,
    Louise was born healthy and had no apparent illnesses, causing this method
    to be commonplace for infertile couples.
  • Elvis found Dead

    Elvis found Dead
    Elvis Presley was found dead by his girlfriend in the bathroom on August 16th.
    This was a shock to the nation of America, much like the break-up of the Beatles.
    The cause of death can be argued, but was deemed by his physician chronic
    constipation that had actually been persisting before, though it was not known at
    the time.
  • Atlantic City permits gambling

    The first legal casino in Atlantic City opened on May 26th in order to revitalize
    tourism, a main source of income for the city. However some were against this,
    saying it only made urban problems worse because of impoverished, working-
    class neighborhoods right near the rich and tourist attracting casinos. It also
    marked the first the East Coast casino as well.
  • First black Miss Universe

    Janelle Commissiong, representing Trinidad and Tobago, had become the first
    black Miss Universe sometime near July 16th, a truly historic moment for the
    world and black rights. She went on to be an advocate for black rights and peace,
    a truly inspirational way of giving after her crowning.
  • Love Canal in New York declared federal disaster

    On August 7th, President Carter declared that the 15 acre neighborhood of the
    Love Canal was a federal disaster and emergency, as it was built on top of a toxic
    chemical landfill with over 21 tons of chemical waste that led to birth defects, a
    high miscarriage rate, and deformities that would affect the rest of the afflicted
    one’s life.
  • Camp David accords for Middle East Peace

    On Sept. 17th, 1978, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime
    Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords that would help set
    the standard and framework for peace in the Middle East. The events beforehand
    were a shock to many nations when peace talks started ensuing, but President
    Carter had pushed for a peace agreement between the two nations during
    negotiations in Camp David, ultimately leading to the accords.
  • John Paul II Becomes Pope

    Born as Karol Jozef Wojtyla, John Paul II became the pope on October 16th and
    would stay pope for almost 27 years, one of the longest pontificates in history.
    The pope would be an influential figure in the world until his death on April 2,
    2005.
  • Jonestown Massacre

    The Jonestown “People’s Temple” cult committed a mass suicide of over 900
    people on November 18th, willingly followed by the those under James Warren
    Jones after his guards had killed Congressman Leo Ryan and 4 cult members
    wishing to leave. It was incredibly disturbing that they gave their lives willingly
    just because their cult would not continue to function since survivors of the
    shooting escaped.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini Returns as Leader of Iran

    While Ayatollah Khomeini was gone, another leader stepped up to the plate as a leader and took his position. Half of the people were ecstatic but the other half were very angered. He was leader for 15 years, but then decided to step down.
  • Margaret Thatcher First Woman Prime Minister of Great Britain

    Margaret Thatcher was the first lady prime minister ever, although she was not the first prime minister or president in the world. In the end, she ended up holding office for 11 years.
  • ESPN starts broadcasting

    EPSN was back then, just starting to take its rise above the sport channels. ESPN features an abundant amount of different sports all on one channel brought to you at home. For people back then, this was new for them, and very exciting for sport lovers.
  • Sony’s Walkman was introduced

    Sony’s Walkman was a music player first and foremost but it had no record function. This has been invented before, but the 1979 version was the most up to date version. Basically, what the walkman was a portable caste player called the Walkman.
  • Three Mile Island

    In 1979, there was a Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island. What caused this was trouble within the cooling system in the plant. Some radioactive gas was released a couple of days after the accident, but not enough to cause any dose above background levels to local residents. Three Mile Island is located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the USA.
  • The Greensboro Massacre

    The Greensboro Massacre occurred on November 3, 1979. When the Klan/Nazis arrived, they pulled up to the curb in a group, alighted from the cars, calmly went to the trunks, removed their weapons, and began firing into the crowd of demonstrators. No police intervention was forthcoming. Only five people died in this tragedy.
  • Jerry Falwell begins Moral Majorit

    The Moral Majority's stated mission was to "reverse the politicization of immorality in our society." In the 1980s, Falwell's group claimed 6.5 million members, raising $69 million for conservative politicians and helping to elect Ronald Reagan president in 1980.
  • Iran Takes American Hostages in Tehran

    52 American hostages held at the US embassy in Tehran for more than 14 months have arrived in West Germany on their way home to the United States. It all began on the terrible day in November 1979 when a group of radical Iranian students stormed the American embassy in Tehran. They all, 444 of them were taken hostage, the finally got released in the future.