The 1970's

The 1970's were bookended with a couple of memorable events: the Kent State shootings and the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. A rather unique situation also occured as we had both a sitting President and Vice President resign from office. And, of course, the American Bicentennial occured during this decade.

Here's a Listing of Some of the Key Events of the 70's.

  • Microprocessors are developed (1971) and personal computers were right around the corner!             


  • Supreme Court ruling that busing may be used to achieve desegregation
  • 12,000 anti-war protesters arrested in Washington - later released
  • The "Pentagon Papers" published
  • 26th Amendment lowers voting age to 18 (1971)
  • UN replaces Nationalist China with Communist China
  • Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland
  • Watergate arrests
  • Eleven Israeli athletes are killed at Munich Olympic games by 8 Arab terrorists

  • European Economic Community forms with Britain, Ireland and Denmark as its initial members
  • Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision
  • Vietnam peace treaty signed (1973)
  • Yom Kippur war
  • Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President
  • Gallup Poll shows only 40% of U.S. adults attend weekly church services
  • Patty Hearst "kidnapped" by Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Nixon resigns (1974)

  • Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman found guilty of Watergate cover-up
  • Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia
  • Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts take off for historic link-up in space
  • 1976 - U.S. celebrates Bicentennial
  • 29 people die from a mysterious disease (Legonaires) at American Legion Convention
  • Israeli special forces and Ugandan soldiers free 103 hostages at Entebbe
  • First female Episcopal priest ordained
  • Supreme Court rules that states are not mandated to spend Medicaid funds on elective abortions
  • Gang of Four expelled from Chinese Communist Party
  • Biko dies while in custody of South African Police
  • 8/16/77 ELVIS DIED
  • Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre (1978)
  • Collapse of Pol Pot regime in Cambodia
  • Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident
  • Sandinistas form new Nicaraguan government
  • U.S. Embassy seized in Tehran (1979)

  • Soviet invasion of Afganistan
  • Dallas hit the airways



  • And who can ever forget these two guys!



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