Djordje Kuvac - 1970's

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    1970's

  • Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes

    This troubling incident drew attention to the Palestinian problem; it showed the vulnerability to commercial airplanes. The troubling coincidence to this was this was also the year that the World Trading Center was finished. This was the big start to the huge problem that now exists.
  • Beatles break up

    • What broke up the Beatles was Paul's public announcement on April 10th, 1970, that the Beatles would never work together again, and the subsequent lawsuit he filed against the other three on December 31, 1970. The Beatles at one time had the top twelve billboard songs; this has never been approached by any artist. When the Beatles broke up America was devastated. The Beatles in many ways, reinvented society. No one had cared so much about music until the Beatles had come. We wouldn’t have any
  • Apollo 13 mission suffers huge setback

    Apollo 13 was intended to be the third mission to carry humans to the surface of the Moon, but an explosion of one of the oxygen tanks and resulting damage to other systems resulted in the mission being aborted before the planned lunar landing could take place. With the oxygen stores depleted, the command module was unusable, the mission had to be aborted, and the crew transferred to the lunar module and powered down the command module.
  • First Earth Day

    • Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the E
  • Kent State Shootings

    This devastating incident showed how the government did not follow what the people wanted. Sadly, during a college protest, shooting started. During the Vietnam War, thousands of people, mostly the young people of the time, protested against the war. In one of the colleges in Ohio, Kent State, some of the protestors started throwing bottles. Surprisingly the National Guard started firing on these unarmed civilians, but sadly four students that were just passing by got shot.
  • Aswan high Dam completed

    Following Egypt's independence from the United Kingdom, the High Dam was constructed between 1960 and 1970. It aimed to increase economic production by further regulating the annual river flooding and providing storage of water for agriculture, and later, to generate hydroelectricity. The dam has had a significant impact on the economy and culture of Egypt.
  • Bar codes introduced in the UK on retail products

    Bar coding was first used commercially in 1966, but to make the system acceptable to the industry as a whole there would have to be some sort of industry standard. By 1970, Logicon Inc. had developed the Universal Grocery Products Identification Code (UGPIC). The first company to produce barcode equipment for retail trade using (using UGPIC) was the American company Monarch Marking (1970), and for industrial use, the British company Plessey Telecommunications (1970). This was very beneficial for
  • US Soldiers found guilty of murder in My Lei Massacre

    On November 17, 1970, the United States Army charged 14 officers, including Major General Samuel W. Koster, the Americal Division's commanding officer, with suppressing information related to the incident. Most of those charges were later dropped. Brigade commander Henderson was the only officer who stood trial on charges relating to the cover-up; he was acquitted on December 17, 1971. In a four-month-long trial, despite claims that he was following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Me
  • EPA is created

    Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
  • World Trade Center is completed

    Construction workers place the highest steel on the highest building in the world. New Yorkers will first hate it, then get used to it and eventually mourn its destruction. The massive project was conceived in the 1950s to energize lower Manhattan. Architect Minoru Yamasaki worked in conjunction with Emery Roth and Sons to design twin towers 110 stories high. Ground was broken Aug. 5, 1966, and steel construction began in August 1968. The North Tower topped out at 1,368 feet (some sources say 1,
  • Top 10 songs of 1970

  • 1970 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Kansas City Chiefs
    World Series Winner: Baltimore Orioles
    World Cup winner: Brazil
    1970 NBA Finals winners: New York Knicks
  • Cigarette ads are banned on TV

    In 1970 Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act This was very important, because the ads were being seen by millions of children. It also showed that the government disapproved of cigarettes.
  • South Vietnam and US invade Laos

    On January 19th United States forces began a series of air strikes against Viet Cong camps in Laos and Cambodia This event angered many Americans because of instead of decreasing their involvement in the war, they just escalade it even more by bombing Laos, a neighboring nation to South Vietnam.
  • Direct dial between New York and London

    This made it so much easier to connect with Europe. Before this happened, it took a lot of time and money to reach London, since you had to go through the operator, and then the operator had to call the number.
  • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Ed

    • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, 402 U.S. 1 (1971) was an important United States Supreme Court case dealing with the busing of students to promote integration in public schools. After a first trial going to the Board of Education, the Court held that busing was an appropriate remedy for the problem of racial imbalance among schools,
  • Computer Floppy Disks Introduced

    The introduction of the floppy disk a major advancement in technology. They could store a lot of information and the amazing is that before that invention it took a huge amount of space and technology to store information. This invention later lead to more ways of storing data.
  • The Pentagon Papers Released

    The Pentagon papers revealed that the U.S. had deliberately expanded its war with the bombing of Cambodia and Laos. This enraged Americans very much, when the entire time they thought the war effort was decreasing. Americans lost a lot of trust in their government.
  • 18 year olds given the right to vote

    The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution limited the minimum voting age to no more than 18. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War and to partially overrule the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell. It was adopted on July 1, 1971.
  • First Benefit Concert organized for Bangladesh by George Harrison

    This concert took place in Madison Square Garden in 1972 to help Bangladeshi liberation war victims.
    The Concert For Bangladesh was the event title for two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at noon and at 7:00 p.m. on August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Organized for the relief of refugees from East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) after the 1970 Bhola cyclone and during the 1971 Bangladesh atrocit
  • End of Gold Standard for US Currency

    This reduced the need for dependence on gold. When gold went down, so did the value of money. So when it goes down, that can ruin the economy. President Nixon ended the gold standard. This was very important because it introduced fiote money, which in theory was much better.
  • Attica State Prison Riots

    • On the morning of September 9, 1971, a group of inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in western New York, assaulted a prison guard and began rioting. They took prison employees hostage and gained control of portions of the facility. Negotiations between inmates and prison officials followed. The inmates demanded better living conditions at the overcrowded prison, which had been built in the 1930s. At the inmates’ request, a committee of observers that included
  • 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!
  • London Bridge Brought to the U.S

  • China joins the UN

    Before China joined the UN, the world could not talk to or communicate properly with China. After they joined a lot could be done in the world, since China had a lot of power and a good economy.
  • The microprocessor is introduced

  • Top 10 songs of 1971

  • 1971 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Baltimore Colts
    World Series Winner: Pittsburgh Pirates
    1971 NBA Finals winners: Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nixon visits China

    U.S. President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to the People's Republic of China was an important step in formally normalizing relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. It marked the first time a U.S. president had visited the PRC, who at that time considered the U.S. one of its staunchest foes. The visit has become a metaphor for an unexpected or uncharacteristic action by a politician
  • George Wallace shot while campaigning

    Wallace was campaigning for presidency at the time. The assassination attempt on Wallace left him paralyzed and he had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The man who attempted the assassination was Arthur Bremmer, Bremmer didn’t hate Wallace. Prior to the shooting he had stalked Nixon for several weeks but couldn’t get close enough to him. He just got desperate to do something to show the world his worth, and Wallace was approachable.
  • Nixon visits Soviet Union

    President Nixon's visit to the Soviet Union was the most epoch-making event since Soviet Premier Khrushchev's visit to the United States in 1959 in that it was the first visit ever made to the Soviet Union by an American President after the war. His visit was realized despite the fact that the U.S.-Soviet confrontation over the Vietnam problem had deepened because of the U.S. naval blockade of North Vietnam. It produced concrete results, including the agreement on basic documents ("The Basic Pri
  • First successful video game (Pong) launched

    Pong quickly became a success and is the first commercially successful video game, which led to the start of the video game industry. Soon after its release, several companies began producing games that copied Pong's gameplay, and eventually released new types of games. As a result, Atari encouraged its staff to produce more innovative games. The company released several sequels that built upon the original's gameplay by adding new features. During the 1975 Christmas season, Atari released a hom
  • Watergate Scandal Begins

    The affair began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The FBI connected the payments to the burglars to a slush fund used by the 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President. As evidence mounted against the president's staff, which included former staff members testifying against them in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was revealed that President Nixon had
  • Title IX signed into law by Nixon

    Title XV of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law, enacted on June 23, 1972, that amended Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2002 it was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, in honor of its principal author Congresswoman Mink, but is most commonly known simply as Title IX. The law states that
    "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discriminati
  • Supreme Court rules against death penalty

    In a 5-4 decision, the Court's one-page per curiam opinion held that the imposition of the death penalty in these cases constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Constitution. Each of the justices filed their own concurrences and dissents; none were able to gather more than three other justices to support them. Only Justices Brennan and Marshall believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional in all instances. Other concurrences focused on the arbitrary nature with which death
  • Pocket Calculators Introduced

    By 1970, a calculator could be made using just a few chips of low power consumption, allowing portable models powered from rechargeable batteries. The first portable calculators appeared in Japan in 1970, and were soon marketed around the world. These included the Sanyo ICC-0081 "Mini Calculator", the Canon Pocketronic, and the Sharp QT-8B "micro Compet". The Canon Pocketronic was a development of the "Cal-Tech" project which had been started at Texas Instruments in 1965 as a research project to
  • Mark Spitz Wins Seven Gold Medals

    At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (West Germany), Spitz was back to maintain his bid for the six gold medals. He did even more, winning seven Olympic gold medals. Further, Spitz set a new world record in each of the seven events (the 100 m freestyle [00:51:22], 200 m freestyle [01:52:78], 100 m butterfly [00:54:27], 200 m butterfly [02:00:70], 4 x 100 m freestyle relay [03:26:42], 4 x 200 m freestyle relay [07:35:78] and the 4 x 100 m medley relay [03:48:16]). Originally Spitz was reluctant
  • Terrorists Attack at the Olympic Games in Munich

    The Munich massacre is an informal name for events that occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Bavaria in southern West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually murdered by the Islamic terrorist group Black September. Members of Black September contended that Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization secretly endorsed the operation. Fatah, however, disputed the accusation. Black September called the operation "Ikrit and Biram", after two Christian
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) introduced

    Supplemental Security Income (or SSI) is a United States government program that provides stipends to low-income people who are either aged (65 or older), blind, or disabled. Although administered by the Social Security Administration SSI is funded from the U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust fund. SSI was created in 1974 to replace federal-state adult assistance programs that served the same purpose. The restructuring of these programs was intended to standardize the elig
  • KKK riots in NYC

    The KKK rioted in Central Park and 3 people died in the riot/protest.
  • M*A*S*H T.V. Show Premiers

    It follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. It was adapted from the Movie M*A*S*H* which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker
  • HBO launched

    This was the first form of cable TV so instead of having to use satellite or other ways of getting TV you get it through the use of underground cables (Known at the time as “Sterling Manhattan Cable”
  • Last man in the moon

    Apollo 17 was the eleventh and final manned mission in the American Apollo space program. Launched at 12:33 a.m. EST on December 7, 1972, with a crew of Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 remains the most recent manned Moon landing and the most recent manned flight beyond low Earth orbit. Apollo 17 was the sixth Apollo lunar landing, the first night launch of a U.S. human spaceflight and the final manned launch of a Satu
  • 1972 winners

    Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys
    World Series: Oakland Athletics
    1972 NBA Finals winners: LA Lakers
  • Top 10 songs of 1972

  • Abortion legalized in US

    Abortions performed prior to the third trimester are legal in the United States, although the issue has polarized mainstream political parties. Almost all state Democratic Party platforms support abortion while almost all state Republican Party platforms oppose it.
  • UPC barcodes comes to US

    UPC Barcodes are generally used to track products in the retail industry. The Universal Product Code (UPC) has been used in the US and Canada since 1973. PrecisionID's UPC Barcode Font Software can create UPC-A, UPC-E, UCC-12, EAN-8, EAN-13, ISBN, Bookland, and JAN barcodes. For EAN-14 Barcodes see PrecisionID's Interleaved 2 of 5 Barcode Software or Code 128 barcode software. For UCC128 or EAN128 barcodes, see the PrecisionID Code 128 Barcode solution.
  • Sears tower built

    The Sears Tower is 1,454 feet tall, The Sears Tower is located on Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois. This was a smart place to construct it, because many people in the area were in need of office space. The Sears Tower had a lot of space to offer. When the Sears Tower was finished being built, it was filled with about twelve thousand workers, designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
  • Paul Getty kidnapped

    In early 1971, he was expelled from St. George's English School (later St. George's British International School), in Rome, Italy. His father moved back to England, and at 3am on 10 July 1973, Getty was kidnapped in the Piazza Farnese in Rome.[1] A ransom note was received, demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that ransom message arrived, some family members suspected the kidnapping was merely a ploy by the rebellious youngster as he had frequently joked about staging his
  • OPEC doubles price of oil

    Since World War II, the oil-rich nations of the Persian Gulf have served as reliable reservoirs for the petroleum needs of much of the industrialized, non-communist world. By the early 1970s, this role had expanded dramatically in importance, particularly where the United States was concerned. In the early 1970s, Saudi Arabia and Iran both surpassed Venezuela to become the world’s two largest exporters, while the U.S.’s share of world oil production dropped from one-third to one-quarter between
  • US vice president resigns

    Less than a year before Richard M. Nixon's resignation as president of the United States, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign in disgrace. The same day, he pleaded no contest to a charge of federal income tax evasion in exchange for the dropping of charges of political corruption. He was subsequently fined $10,000, sentenced to three years probation, and disbarred by the Maryland court of appeals.
  • The Wars Act passed

    The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548) is a U.S. federal law intended to restrict the power of the President to commit the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress. The law was adopted in the form of a United States Congress joint resolution; this provides that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by authorization of Congress or in case of "a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or poss
  • Girls allowed playing in Little League Baseball

    A ruling by Sylvia Pressler, hearing examiner for the New Jersey Civil Rights Division on Nov. 7, 1973, was later upheld in the Superior Court, leading to Little League Baseball's admittance of girls into its programs.
  • National speed limits 55

    the national max speed law was a provision of the 1974. The law was widely disregarded by motorists and most states subversively opposed the law. Actions ranged from proposing deals for exemption to minimizing speed limit enforcement.
  • Endangered species act

    Through federal action and by encouraging the establishment of state programs, the 1973 Endangered Species Act provided for the conservation of ecosystems upon which threatened and endangered species of fish, wildlife, and plants depend. The Act:
    • authorizes the determination and listing of species as endangered and threatened;
    • prohibits unauthorized taking, possession, sale, and transport of endangered species;
    • provides authority to acquire land for the conservation of listed species, u
  • Top 10 songs of 1973

  • 1973 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Miami Dolphins
    World Series Winner: Oakland Athletics
    1973 NBA Finals winners: New York Knicks
  • Patty Hearst Kidnapped

    (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. On February 4, 19743 the 19 year old were kidnapped. When the attempt to swap Hearst for jail the SLA members failed.
  • Freedom of Information Act passed over Ford’s veto

    President Gerald R. Ford wanted to sign the Freedom of Information Act strengthening amendments passed by Congress 30 years ago, but concern about leaks (shared by his chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld and deputy Richard Cheney) and legal arguments that the bill was unconstitutional (marshaled by government lawyer Antonin Scalia, among others) persuaded Ford to veto the bill, according to declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive to mark the 30th anniversary of the veto o
  • U.S. President Nixon Resigns

    was the 37th president. He resigned in 1974. He was a navy lieutenant commander in the United States in 1945. After world war ll a group of whitter Republicans approached Nixon for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
  • Gerald Ford pardons Nixon

    On September 8, 1974, one month after President Richard Nixon resigned the presidency amid the Watergate scandal, his successor, President Gerald R. Ford, announced his decision to grant Nixon a full pardon for any crimes he may have committed while in office.
  • Top 10 songs of 1974

  • 1974 winners

    Super Bowl: Miami Dolphins
    World Series: Oakland Athletics
    1974 NBA Finals winners: Boston Celtics
    World Cup winners: West Germany
  • Catalytic convertors introduced on cars

    the catalytic converter was invented by Eugene houdry French mechanical engineer and expert in catalytic oil refining. Who lived in the U.S. Around 1950, when the results of early studies of smog in Los Angeles were published, Houdry became concerned about the role of automobile exhaust in air pollution and founded a special company, Oxy-Catalyst, to develop catalytic converters for gasoline engines — an idea ahead of its time for which he was awarded a patent.
  • Microsoft Founded

    Microsoft was formed soon after the introduction of the Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems. In a letter to Alan Bill Gates uses the Microsoft name from their partnership. They both signed an agreement. Over the years the pc has changed from a hobbyist’s toy to an indispensable tool that can change the world
  • Karen Ann Quinlan

    When she was 21, Quinlan became unconscious after arriving home from a party. She had consumed diazepam, dextropropoxyphene, and alcohol. After she collapsed and stopped breathing twice for 15 minutes or more, the paramedics arrived and took Karen Ann to the hospital, where she lapsed into a persistent vegetative state. After she was kept alive on a ventilator for several months without improvement, her parents requested the hospital discontinue active care and allow her to die. The hospital ref
  • Saigon falls to communism

    Saigon fell to communism in April 30 1975. This was the day South Vietnam lost the war against the north. The north won over by attacking the south capital, Saigon. North Vietnam had occupied the important points.
  • Arthur Ashe First Black Man to Win Wimbledon

    he was the first African American to win the tennis championship. He won against jimmy Conner in the four sets. He kept his cool and broke conners serve in the ninth inning.
  • Jimmy Hoffa disappears

    Today in 1975; James Riddle Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan restaurant. Hoffa was born in February, 1913 in Brazil, Indiana, a small farming town in west-central Indiana. He dropped out of school early and became the family's breadwinner after the death of his father. He found work in Lake Orion, Michigan in a tough warehouse, the place where he would first earn his reputation as street fighter and a man willing to stand up to management.
  • A President Ford assassination attempt

    president ford was the 38th president of the United States. He served president in august 9, 1974 to January 20, 1977. He lived longer than any other president and died at the age of 93. Two of his assassination was three weeks of each other. One in Sacramento, California on September 5, 1975. A colt 45. Hand gun was pointed at him. The second attempt happened when he was leaving St. Francis hotel in downtown, San Francisco. A lady with a 38. Caliber revolver pointed the gun at him, just before
  • Computerized Supermarket checkouts begin to appear

    The system was invented by Dr. Howard Schneider. There is considerable technology, both electronic and software (artificial intelligence) involved in the operation of the machines. For example, the main reason the Optimal Robotics self-checkout system, based on Schneider's patents, did so well compared to the other model on the market at the time, e.g., the Check Robot model marketed by IBM in the 1990s
  • West Point admits women

    On October 8, 1975 , the President of the United States signed into law a bill directing that women would be admitted to America ’s service academies.  The law stated that:
    “. . . the Secretaries of the military departments concerned shall take such action as may be necessary and appropriate to insure that (1) female individuals shall be eligible for appointment and admission to the service academy concerned, beginning in calendar year 1976, and (2) “the academic and other relevant standards req
  • Francisco Franco dies

  • Top 15 songs- 1975

  • Top 10 songs of 1975

  • 1975 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers
    World Series Winner: Cincinnati Reds
    1975 NBA Finals winners: Golden State Warriors
  • Miniseries Roots Airs

    Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haley's work Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Roots received 36 Emmy Award nominations, winning nine; it also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented Nielsen ratings with the finale still standing as the third-highest rated U.S. television program ever. It was shot on a budget of $6 million. A sequel, Roots: The Next Generations, was broadcast in 1979, and a second sequel, Roots: The Gift, was produced a
  • Red Dye # 2 is Banned

    Red Dye Amaranth, Red Dye #2 is a dark red to purple azo dye once used as a food dye and to color cosmetics, but since 1976 it has been banned in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it is a suspected carcinogen. It usually comes as a trisodium salt. Scientists said that it was known to cause cancer.
  • Betamax VCR’s released

    The first stand-alone Sony Betamax VCR in the United States, the SL-7200, came on the market in February 1976 priced at $1295. This unit sold much better than the previous TV/VCR combo LV-1901. The external clock to turn the unit on and off at preset times was an optional accessory.
  • Legionnaire’s disease strikes 182, kills 19

    Legionnaires' disease was first recognized as a distinct entity during an epidemic of pneumonia that occurred in Philadelphia, in the summer of 1976. About 4,000 members of the Pennsylvania
  • Entebbe Air Raid

    Operation Entebbe was a hostage-rescue mission carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976. A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and supporters and flown to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Shortly after landing, all non-Jewish passengers were release
  • North and south Vietnam join to form the socialist republic of Vietnam

    On April 23, 1975, President Gerald Ford told the American people: "Today Americans can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. But it cannot be achieved by refighting a war that is finished." Two days later. President Thieu, accusing the United States of betrayal, resigned and left the country. He was quickly followed by other South Vietnamese leaders and the remaining American advisers.
    The NLF arrived in Saigon on April 30, 1975. After declaring that Vietnam was now a united co
  • Nadia Comaneci given seven perfect tens

    Nadia Elena Comăneci (Romanian pronunciation: ; born November 12, 1961) is a Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the first gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is also the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world . In 2000 Comăneci was named as one of the athletes of the century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.
  • Apple Computer launched

    The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 at a price of US$666.66, because Wozniak liked repeating digits and because they originally sold it to a local shop for $500 and added a one-third markup. About 200 units were produced. Unlike other hobbyist computers of its day, which were sold as kits, the Apple I was a fully assembled circuit board containing about 60+ chips. However, to make a working computer, users still had to add a case, power supply transformers, power switch, ASCII keyboard, and co
  • Mao Tse-tung dies

    December 26, 1893 - September 9, 1976: Age 82, have a Russian-made coffin created for Sun Yat-sen in 1925 but never used (Sun was entombed in a more traditional manner in Nanjing), but it was too small for Mao's 1.8-meter height. Chinese Embassy employees in Moscow were sent to covertly photograph Lenin's remains and fax the picture back to Beijing. Several different factories were secretly charged with designing and building a suitable casket of crystal.
  • Top 10 songs of 1976

  • winners of 1976

    Super Bowl Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers
    World Series Winner: Cincinnati Reds
    1976 NBA Finals winners: Boston Celtics
  • President Carter pardons Vietnam Draft Dodgers

    U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early 70s to avoid serving in the war. Ninety percent went to Canada, where after some initial controversy they were eventually welcomed as immigrants. For its part, the U.S. government continued to prosecute draft evaders after the Vietnam War ended. If they returned home, those living in
  • Star Wars Movie Released

    Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again at three-year intervals, with the final film released on May 19, 2005
  • Alaskan Pipeline completed

    The Trans Alaska Pipeline System was designed and constructed to move oil from the North Slope of Alaska to the northern most ice-free port in Valdez, Alaska. It was 800 miles long. It crosses three mountain ranges and over 800 rivers and streams. It cost to $8 billion to make in 1977, largest privately funded construction project at that time. Construction began on March 27, 1975 and was completed on May 31, 1977. Over 15 billion barrels have moved through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System.
  • Neutron bomb funding began

    On June 6, 1977 the Washington Post printed a story with the provocative title “Neutron Killer Warhead Buried in ERDA Budget.” Thus began a year-long controversy on the subject of what are technically called enhance-radiation weapons, but what the press, the public, and the diplomatic community came to know simply as the Neutron Bomb. The issue – whether or not the United States should produce and deploy in NATO and particularly in West Germany
  • New York City blackout

    The New York City Blackout of 1977 was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City from July 13, 1977 to July 14, 1977. The blackout was caused by a series of lightning strikes. Looting and vandalism were widespread, especially in the African American and Puerto Rican communities, hitting 31 neighborhoods, including every poor neighborhood in the city. Thirty-five blocks of Broadway were destroyed: 134 stores looted, 45 of them set ablaze.
  • First black Miss Universe

    Miss Universe 1977, the 26th annual Miss Universe pageant was held at the National Theater, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 16, 1977. 24-year-old Janelle Commissiong earned Trinidad & Tobago its first Miss Universe crown as well as becoming the first black woman to win the title.
  • Elvis Found Dead

    In Baptist Hospital, Memphis, on August 16, 1977.Elvis Aaron Presley was pronounced dead by his personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos. The pronouncement was final. Yet, for the thousands of yarning souls thronged outside the hospital it brought in shock and disbelief. The disbelief that is still being nurtured by many across the world. Not yet ready to believe that the death has brought such an abrupt end to their so beloved idol. Elvis had suffered irregular heartbeat which the medicos cal
  • Top 10 songs of 1977

  • 1977 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Oakland Raiders
    World Series Winner: New York Yankees
    1977 NBA Finals winners: Portland Trailblazers
  • Atlantic City permits gambling

    In an effort at revitalizing the city, New Jersey voters in 1976 approved casino gambling for Atlantic City; this came after a 1974 referendum on legalized gambling failed to pass. Immediately after the legislation passed, the owners of the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel began converting it into the Resorts International. It was the first legal casino in the eastern United States when it opened on May 26, 1978. Other casinos were soon constructed along the Boardwalk and, later, in the marina distri
  • First Test-Tube Baby Born

    On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first successful "test-tube" baby was born in Great Britain. Though the technology that made her conception possible was heralded as a triumph in medicine and science, it also caused many to consider the possibilities of future ill-use
  • Love Canal in New York declared federal disaster

    The lack of public interest in Love Canal made matters worse for the homeowners' association, which now battled two organizations who were spending vast amounts of money to disprove negligence. Initially, members of the association had been frustrated by the lack of a public entity that could advise and defend them. Gibbs met with considerable public resistance from a number of residents within the community: the mostly middle-class families did not have the resources to protect themselves, and
  • Camp David accords for Middle East Peace

    The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on September 17, 1978, following thirteen days of secret negotiations at Camp David. The two framework agreements were signed at the White House, and were witnessed by United States President Jimmy Carter. The second of these frameworks, A Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel, led directly to the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, and resulted in Sadat
  • John Paul II Becomes Pope

    In August 1978, following the death of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Wojtyła voted in the Papal conclave that elected Pope John Paul I, who at 65 was considered young by papal standards. John Paul I died after only 33 days as Pope, thereby precipitating another conclave. The second conclave of 1978 commenced on 14 October, ten days after the funeral of Pope John Paul I. It was divided between two particularly strong candidates for the papacy: Giuseppe Cardinal Siri the conservative Archbishop of Genoa,
  • Jonestown Massacre

    Jonestown was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an intentional community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple, a cult led by Jim Jones. It became internationally notorious when, on November 18, 1978, 918 people died in the settlement as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana's capital. The name of the settlement became synonymous with the incidents at those locations. A total of 909 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from app
  • Top 10 songs of 1978

  • Top 10 songs of 1978

  • 1978 winners

    Super Bowl Winner: Dallas Cowboys
    World Series Winner: New York Yankees
    1978 NBA Finals winners: Washington Bullets
    World Cup winners: Argentina
  • Ayatollah Khomeini Returns as Leader of Iran

    Religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini has made a triumphant return to Iran after 14 years in exile. Up to five million people lined the streets of the nation's capital, Tehran, to witness the homecoming of the Shia Muslim imam. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 78, was imprisoned by the Shah in 1963 for his opposition to reforms and was expelled the following year, to Iraq - via Turkey. The Ayatollah - a title meaning Sign of God - emerged from his chartered plane looking tired and tearful to meet the
  • Nuclear Accident at Three Mile Island

    The accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa., on March 28, 1979, was the most serious in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history, even though it led to no deaths or injuries to plant workers or members of the nearby community. But it brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. I
  • Margaret Thatcher First Woman Prime Minister of Great Britain

    Europe’s first woman prime minister. The only British prime minister in the 20th century to win three consecutive terms and, at the time of her resignation, Britain’s longest continuously serving prime minister since 1827, she accelerated the evolution of the British economy from statism to liberalism and became, by personality as much as achievement, the most renowned British political leader since Winston Churchill.
  • Sony Introduces the Walkman

    The world took a big step towards the iPod generation when Sony introduced the Walkman in 1979. The device was not particularly advanced - portable tape recorders had existed for decades - but it was an advance in marketing. The Walkman was not promoted to professional journalists, like most portable tape recorders were at the time; it was promoted to ordinary consumers.It was a music player first and foremost; it had no record function.The concept was a winner.
  • Jerry Falwell begins Moral Majority

    As I suggested last time, the Moral Majority was a precursor to the Christian Coalition. The Moral Majority had it's origins in the Thomas Roads Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia where Jerry Falwell was the pastor. Falwell first came to national attention through his television ministry "The Old Time Gospel Hour." Building on a base of support among conservative evangelicals, Falwell proposed to launch a Moral Majority "to take back" America and restore it to its Christian roots. In many way
  • ESPN starts broadcasting

    Founded by Bill Rasmussen,[1] his son Scott Rasmussen and Getty Oil executive Stuart Evey, it launched on September 7, 1979, under the direction of Chet Simmons, the network's President and CEO (and later the United States Football League's first commissioner). Getty Oil Company provided the funding to begin the new venture. Geoff Bray of New Britain, CT was chosen as the architect. George Bodenheimer is ESPN's current president, a position he has held since November 19, 1998.
  • The Greensboro Massacre

    On November 3, 1979, at the corner of Carver and Everett Streets, black and white demonstrators gather to march through Greensboro, North Carolina, a legal demonstration against the Ku Klux Klan. A caravan of Klansmen and Nazis pull up to the protesters and open fire “Eighty-eight seconds later, five demonstrators lie dead and ten others wounded from the gunfire, recorded on camera by four TV stations. Four women have lost their husbands; three children have lost their fathers."After two crimina
  • Iran Takes American Hostages in Tehran

    The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States. Fifty-two US citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamic students and militants took over the Embassy of the United States in support of the Iranian Revolution.[1]
  • Top 10 songs of 1979

  • 1979 winners

    Super Bowl winners: Pittsburgh Steelers
    World Series winners: Pittsburgh Pirate
    1979 NBA Finals winners: Seattle Supersonics