The 1970's

Highlights

The Beatles Break Up

1970

The Kent State Shootings

1970

During a protest the national guard fired upon Kent State students, killing four and wounding nine.

The Aswan High Dam Is Completed

1970

The Aswan High Dam was finally completed on the Nile River after ten years of construction. Its purpose was to control flooding and droughts in Egypt.

New York Times Print The Pentagon Papers

1971

The New York Times begin printing The Pentagon Papers. The papers exposed crucial information of the government to the public.

Anti-War Protesters March on Washington

1971

About 200,000 people march on Washington to protest the war in Vietnam

The London Bridge Was Brought To The U.S.

1971

The T.V. Show M*A*S*H Premieres

1972

One of the most popular T.V. shows in the 70's first aired.

Terrorist Attack At The Munich Olympic Games

1972

During the games, eight terrorist snuck into the Olympic Village. Two were killed and nine were taken hostage.

Pocket Calculators Are Introduced

1972

The Watergate Scandal

1972

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal in the United States . It was a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement.

The U.S. Pulls Out Of Vietnam

1973

Th Sears Tower Is Built

1973

The Sears Tower was built in Chicago and was temporarily the tallest building in the world.

Roe Vs. Wade Legalizes Abortion In The U.S.

1973

A supreme court case which made it legal for women to receive an abortion. It was an extremely controversial decision in the public.

The U.S. Vice President Reigns

1973

The U.S. VP resigns his office due to his crimes of tax evasion.

Halie Selassie, Emperor Of Ethiopia, Deposed

1974

The Terracota Army Was Discovered In China

1974

Two farmers were digging a well at their farm when they discovered some pottery, but then discovered an ancient army underground.

President Nixon Resigns

1974

Due to his involvement in The Watergate Scandal, he was forced to reign his office.

Cambodian Genocide Begins

1975

Microsoft Is Founded

1975

One of the largest companies today started in 1975 to create computers.

Civil War In Lebanon

1975

Pol Pot Becomes The Dictator Of Cambodia

1975

Tangshan Earthquake Occurs

1976

Ebola Virus Outbreak In Africa

1976

North And South Vietnam Join To A Single Country

1976

After the war and several years of separation, the two countries decide to rejoin and become The Socialist Republic Of Vietnam.

Elvis Found Dead

1977

The King was found dead in his home because of cardiac arrest.

Roots Airs On T.V.

1977

Star Wars Released

1977

South African Leader Tortured To Death

1977

South African Anti-Apartheid Leader Steve Biko Tortured to Death in his home mainly for his outspoken beliefs.

First Test Tube Baby Born

1978

John Paul II Becomes The Pope

1978

Since the previous pope passed away they voted on a new pope and John Paul was decided on. He would later become a Saint and one of the longest serving popes ever.

The Jonestown Massacre Occurs

1978

Jim Jones, the cult leader, instructed his followers to drink poisoned fruit punch to all kill themselves. 912 total people died, along with Jim Jones.

Margret Thatcher

1979

Margret Thatcher becomes the first women to be the Prime Minister in Great Britain. She was revolutionary and a role model for everyone around the world.

Nuclear Accident

1979

A nuclear accident occurs at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. Rated a 5 on a seven point scale for nuclear meltdowns.

Iran Takes Hostages

1979

The country of Iran takes hostages. Several Americans were forced beyond their will to remain in Iran and feared for their lives.

Sony Releases Walkman

1979

Mother Teresa

1979

A nun, Mother Teresa, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian works with the poor and sick.