20 Throwback Facts About The ’70s

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There Was Clamor Almost Everywhere

Andy Warhol once said, “They always say that time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself.” And this is pretty much what happened during the 1970s. It was the golden time for rock ‘n roll and even movies but it was also the decade when marginalized people fought for equality and protests were organized left and right against the Vietnam War.

There were other things as well, which we will list down below.

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20. The Star Wars craze began (1977)

Before becoming a pop culture phenomenon, it all began with “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. It became the highest grossing film of all time and held that title for about 7 years before it was surpassed by “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982.

19. Terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics (1972)

Also known as the Munich Massacre, Palestinian terrorist group Black September disguised themselves as athletes taking part in the Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany. All the hostages they took died.

18. The age of Walkman (1979)

The release of a portable cassette player changed how people listened to music. It was lightweight, easy to carry around, and was basically a gift to every music buff.

17. The tallest building in the world was erected – the Sears Tower. (1973)

When the 110-story, 1,450-foot (442.1 m) skyscraper was completed, it became the tallest building in the world and remained as such for 25 years before the One World Trade Center was built.

16. Garfield made his debut (1978)

The Garfield comic strip was first published in 1978. It chronicled the cat’s laziness and love for food.

15. The first ever Gay Pride was held (1970)

Although the proposal for the first pride march happened in 1969, the actual parade was on June 28, 1970 – the anniversary for the Stonewall riots.

14. Microsoft was born (1975)

On April 4, 1975, childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft.

13. Saturday Night Live was launched (1975)

Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975. The comedy sketches became a hit! The original cast members Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Bill Murray became huge stars overnight.

12. Apple Inc. was created (1976)

Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple Inc. grew quickly over the years until it went public in 1980. Today, it remains a top company.

11. The Battle of the Sexes in Tennis (1973)

It was between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old Billie Jean King. It began with Riggs publicly claiming that no woman could beat him even at his age. King won the three sets.

10. Bloody Sunday (1972)

Also known as the Bogside Massacre, it happened in Northern Ireland. Unarmed civilians protested against the British Army and 28 of these protesters were shot by British soldiers.

9. Vinyl records were a huge thing (Entire 1970s)

Before Sony launched Walkman, vinyl records became more popular because record players were inexpensive and a lot of people could already afford them.

8. Fashion evolution (Entire 1970s)

Before the glittery and colorful fashion trends in the ’80s, short skirts and bold prints were a thing. Thick platform shoes also became popular.

7. The first Earth Day celebration (1970)

The first Earth Day was celebrated on March 21, 1970 to show support for the environment.

6. The Beatles break-up (1970)

It was the end of an era. In 1969, John Lennon privately informed his bandmates that he was leaving but it was on April 10, 1970 when Paul McCartney publicly announced his departure.

5. The Watergate Scandal (1972)

This political scandal lasted for two years. It was found out that President Richard Nixon was involved in the cover-up of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters. There were other abuses of power uncovered. Nixon resigned as president on August 9, 1974.

4. Kent State Shootings (1970)

On May 4, 1970, there was a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia by US at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. 28 members of the Ohio National Guard shot unarmed college students – four were killed while nine were injured. Some of those who were shot were not even participating in the protest but merely observing and watching from a distance.

3. Home Video Cassette Recorders became game-changers (1972)

The first ever VCR available to the consumer market was introduced in 1972. Unlike other home video systems before it, the VCR was user-friendly. But it was still expensive and cost a few thousand dollars. Nevertheless, it allowed users to record movies or TV shows and watch it at their convenient time. They could even skip commercials, rewind and rewatch.

2. Jaws became a box office hit (1975)

Everyone knows this American thriller. Based on a 1974 novel of the same name, it was a blockbuster and became the highest-grossing film of all time before Star Wars came along.

1. The death of Elvis Presley (1977)

On August 16, 1977, Ginger Alden discovered The King unresponsive and lying on his bathroom floor. He was rushed to the Baptist Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. He was only 42 years old.

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