The Seventies (1970- 1979)

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    1970- 1979

  • The First Earth Day

    The First Earth Day
    Website LinkThe First Earth Day was started by San Francisco. The idea was to spread awareness of our environment and Earth, create various activities to help maintain our setting, and to focus on nature as a society that would like to show they care about our world. This event, which is now held on April 22nd, really gives people a chance to show their appreciation for our world together as a U.S. holiday.
  • The World Trade Center is Completed

    The World Trade Center is Completed
    The World Trade Center took nearly 4.5 to 5 years to plan and construct. These two towers that stood among the city, were the tallest buildings in the world from 1971 to 1973. This center was not only important to New York, but to the rest of the country as well because it handled national relations and trading with our neighboring countries.
  • The Beatles Break Up

    The Beatles Break Up
    Website LinkOver the years, the Beatles Band had been growing apart and settling down. Devastating to their fans, they broke up but still continued making some of their own influential music even after this sensation had split up.
  • The London Bridge was Brought to the U.S.

    The London Bridge was Brought to the U.S.
    Website LinkThis London Bridge was the reconstruction of the one built in 1831. When brought to America, the bridge's destination was in Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City.
  • VCR's Introduced

    VCR's Introduced
    Website LinkThe VCR was a type of electro- mechanical device that contain magnetic tape for recording inside the removable video cassettes. This magnetic tape made it so television shows or certain tracks of audio could be recorded and play back. This was advancement from audio recorders, which only played back sound. With the VCR as a new gadget, people could view the audio as well as the motion picture simultaneously.
  • Disney World Opens

    Disney World Opens
    Website LinkThe first Disney World opened on October 1st, 1971, only offering the Magic Kingdom theme park. Throughout the years the park increased its special occasions, rides, and programs, raking in more and more visitors to the “happiest place on Earth.” Today, millions visit this theme park, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • Terrorist Attack at Olympic Games in Munich

    Terrorist Attack at Olympic Games in Munich
    Website LinkIsraelis were killed by a Palestinian group during the Munich Olympic Games. Members of the Israeli Olympic Team were held as hostage. Resulting in death, 11 Israeli team mates and some couches were killed by the Palestinians. Later, Israelis captured the Palestinian terrorists and they were later killed for their wrongdoing during the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.
  • First Video Game: Pong

    First Video Game: Pong
    Website LinkPong was only the start of the practice of video games, which have greatly progressed from 1972 to our present day. Pong is a tennis game featuring 2 dimensional graphics. As ancient as it is now, it started the video game industry.
  • Abortion Legalized in the U.S.

    Abortion Legalized in the U.S.
    Website LinkThe Supreme Court made the decision to make abortion legal in the United States. Before, abortion was only allowed in certain states or with regulations and conditions. Since the Supreme Court allowed abortion, millions of babies die every year in this way. Lately, pro life and pro abortion have been pretty huge topics with arguments among people. I personally believe that it depends on the situation- it is the mother’s choice.
  • The Sears Tower is Built

    The Sears Tower is Built
    Website LinkThe Sears Tower is a 108 story building located in Chicago, Illinois. When completed in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world for 25 years. Later, in the summer of July, naming rights allowed the 1,451 tall structure to be named The Willis Tower. Though, people to this day still know it as The Sears Tower.
  • Girls Play in Little League Baseball

    Girls Play in Little League Baseball
    Website LinkNovember 7, 1973, females were admitted into the Little Leagues, making it possible for them to play baseball. Before, this sport was usually played by guys. Many thought of it as a male- dominant sport. Since girls were allowed to play this game, the name was changed to Softball for them and today, millions of girls have played in the Little Leagues and have progressed towards Championships.
  • Endangered Species Act

    Endangered Species Act
    Website LinkThe Endangered Species act was signed into law by President Nixon in the winter or 73’. It’s purpose was to protect several needed species from extinction. The FWS and NOAA made these acts possible. Also because of this act, people have become well aware and conservative with their environment, and more helpful and concerned about animals in the U.S.
  • The Patty Hearst Kidnapping

    The Patty Hearst Kidnapping
    Website LinkPatty Hearst was kidnapped from an apartment in Berkeley, California. She was kidnapped by a Symbionese Liberation Army, which was a left-wing guerrilla group. Progressively, through her kidnapping, she became a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) and took the name of “Tania.” She is known as a good example of Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Francsico Franco Died

    Francsico Franco Died
    Website LinkFrancisco Franco was a General, Dictator, and a leader of the Nationalist military rebellion in the Spanish Civil War. Franco died the 20th of November in 1975 due to illness including Parkinson’s Disease. He finished his life at age 82. Franco was well known because of the Spanish Civil War and his roles he took in the military.
  • National Speed Limit is 55

    National Speed Limit is 55
    Website LinkThe National Speed Limit of 55 in 1974 was influenced by the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. Since the oil crisis of 1973, the idea was to consume less oil. Instead, it ended up saving gasoline by up to only 1% so later, the speed limit was changed to 65 on certain roads.
  • Microsoft Founded

    Microsoft Founded
    [Website Link](( was founded April 4, 1975 and has progressively gotten bigger and better. The company was brought up by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Throughout the years, more and more computer programs have been constructed by this company such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Power Point Presentation, etc. Successful, it continues to make a lot of money for it’s newer programs.
  • Arthur Ashe Wins Wimbledon

    Arthur Ashe Wins Wimbledon
    Website LinkArthur Ashe won Wimbledon, which is a famous tennis tournament for professional tennis players. Ashe was the first black man to win this game. Arthur later became known as the number one tennis seed in the world.
  • Apple Computer Launched

    Apple Computer Launched
    Website LinkApple Inc. is similar to the Microsoft company because it is also an American multinational internet and software corporation. The first Apple computer brought to attention on April 1, 1976 primarily by creator and founder, Steve Jobs. It was hardly accessible, yet it got the Apple company started.
  • Legionnaire's Disease Strikes 182, Kills 29

    Legionnaire's Disease Strikes 182, Kills 29
    Website LinkLegionnaire’s disease is a form of pneumonia. The name of the disease came from the 1976 Convention of the American Legion, which originally brought military veterans together at a hotel. Soon, the disease struck the 182 Legionnaires, leaving 29 dead.
  • West Point Admits Women

    West Point Admits Women
    Website LinkOctober 8th in 1975, the President made it possible for women to attend West Point, which was a military academy. Before, only men were allowed to attend. It is located in New York and the oldest military training facility in the United States.
  • Elvis Found Dead

    Elvis Found Dead
    Website LinkElvis was found dead in his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 42. He was known as the “King of Rock n’ Roll,” recording over more than 70 albums during his unrivaled music career.
  • Star Wars Movie Released

    Star Wars Movie Released
    Website LinkCreator George Lucas launched a highly successful box office sci-fi series, still popular today. Throughout the years, the Star Wars Theme has definitely taken off with marketing products such as, pajama pants, action figures, shoes, backpacks, etc.
  • New York City Blackout

    New York City Blackout
    Website LinkThe NYC blackout not only cut off power for citizens, but it caused security issues as law enforcement had to deal with arson, looting, and other disorder. The blackout affected all but very few regions of New York City.
  • First Test Tube Baby Born

    First Test Tube Baby Born
    Website LinkA scientific breakthrough occurred on July 15, 1978 with the birth of the world’s first test tube baby was born. Weighing five pounds, and twelve ounces, the little girl was born to the Brown Family. Monitored closely to make sure the child had no abnormalities, the procedure proved successful. Today, many couples turn to in vitro fertilization to solve their infertility problems.
  • Camp David Accords

    Camp David Accords
    Website LinkThe U.S. served as a mediator in the Camp David Accord when American President Jimmy Carter invited Prime Minister Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt to shake hands and sign a peace treaty. It was called the Camp David Accord because the Camp David U.S. presidential retreat in Maryland, is where the negotiation occurred.
  • Jonestown Massacre

    Jonestown Massacre
    Website LinkA devastating massacre took place in Jonestown of Guyana. Over 900 victims were mass murdered including women and children. Led by Cult Leader Jim Jones, the people were poisoned by cyanide laced fruit drinks. Jim Jones died by his own gun shot.
  • Nuclear Incident at Three Mile Island

    Nuclear Incident at Three Mile Island
    Website LinkLocated in Dauphin Country, Pennsylvania, a nuclear meltdown occurred at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28th in the year of 1979. Leaking radioactive gases and iodine into the environment around, this made the site of the nuclear power plant still radioactive to this day and for years to come.
  • The Sony Walkman

    The Sony Walkman
    Website LinkSony brought the Walkman to the public June 21, 1979. Although the device didn’t include a recording feature, it still produced excellent audio quality as it was a portable radio. At first, it didn’t sell so well to the U.S. for only half of what was manufactured was sold. Then Sony brought it to Japanese attention and it sold out within a month.
  • Greensboro Massacre

    Greensboro Massacre
    Website LinkOn this day, the Ku Kulx Klan and the American Nazi Party shot and killed five protestors. The five marchers/ protestors were a part of The Communist Workers Party who protested to organize mainly black industrial workers in the area.