101 Facts About The 1970s

101 Facts About The 1970s

greetings mother factors my name is Sam
and today we’re going to be talking all about the history of your grandma’s
favorite decade the seventies it was a time of long hair mustaches economic
uncertainty and new technology that continues to fascinate people to this
very day ask your parent about it I’m sure they love another opportunity to
tell you how good you snowflake Millennials have it today but which
frustrating cube was invented in 1974 I mean are there that many preferring
cubes but hey which year of the 70s was the longest year in history and why was
everything in the seventies covered in fake wood paneling was it a status thing
was there too much wood in the 70s ah I don’t know
two out of three those questions are going to be answered so put on your
bell-bottoms turn on your fondue pots and prepare for a dizzying array of
wood-paneled information as we count through 101 facts about the 70s baby
make peace not love oh no I messed about number one the
1970s commonly abbreviated as the 70s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar
that began on Thursday the first of January 1970 and ended on Monday the
31st of December 1979 that’s the basics gang it’s only gonna get more
complicated from here number two a period of great change the 70s saw major
economic upheavals as the post-war boom dwindled
while women racial minorities and the gay community continued to fight for
equality advocating socially progressive values that began in the 1960s there was
also increased violence in the Middle East
further decolonization in Africa and disco baby it was exciting and
terrifying time number three novelist Tom Wolfe famously referred to
the 70s as the me decade in his essay the me decade and the third Great
Awakening published by New York magazine in August of 1976 Wall foo in my head is
a real Wolf Clan the decade saw a shift in attitude away from the
communitarianism of the 60s and towards individualism number four the 70s began
on a literal hi for many people when all the 21st of January plan American
Airways became the first commercially scheduled Boeing 747 service from John F
Kennedy Airport International to London Heathrow prior to that most people have
to cross the Atlantic in small row boats or if you had the money you could have a
circus strongman skip you across the ocean like a stone
it was a different war primitive time number five on the 13th of every 1970
Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album which is widely regarded as
the first heavy metal album of course metalheads will argue ad nauseam about
which is the first real heavy metal album or heavy metal song well what’s
exactly heavy metal actually is because that’s how metalheads are best just
leave them to it number 6 on the 21st of March 1970 the first Earth Day
proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto
and roughly a month later on the 22nd of April the very first Earth Day was
celebrated in the United States and in many other countries around the world
but hey they don’t matter do they the day was created to demonstrate support
for environmental protection and it’s a good thing too
otherwise we would have continued to pollute the planet and wreck the
environment Oh bullet missed am i right guys oh oh wait no number 7 on the 10th
of April 1970 Paul McCartney publicly announced he was leaving probably the
most famous rock band in history smash know the Beatles sorry McCartney ow
McCartney was the first to announce his departure publicly after which the band
finally broke up number 8 on the 29th of April 1970 the u.s. invaded Cambodia in
order to hunt out two Vietcong guerrillas and disrupt North Vietnamese
supply lines as part of the ongoing Vietnam War the conflict had become
increasingly unpopular among the American people leading to growing
tension among the population and widespread anti-war protests across the
u.s. number nine days later on the 4th of May the Ohio National Guardsman
opened fire on students at Kent State University during protests since the
invasion of Cambodia leaving four students dead and nine others wounded to
the students who were killed have been active participants in the protests
while the other two was simply bystanders who were walking between
classes the reasons why the guardsmen began shooting remains unclear and has
been widely debated but nevertheless constitutes a dark day in American
history number ten minutes after the shooting
took place a photojournalism student named John filo captured one of the most
famous images in history which showed the emotional reaction of 14 year old
Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling over the body of Geoffrey Miller one of the student
protesters killed by Ohio National Guardsmen the photograph was soon put
out on the AP wire and printed on the front page of the New York Times after
which at 1 fellow a Pulitzer Prize in 1971 number 11
on the 24th of May 1970 the Soviet Union began work on the Kola super-deep
borehole an attempted drill is deep as possible into the Earth’s crust the
project consisted of several holes branching from one central 23 centimeter
wide hole the deepest of which is called sg3
since drilling on this hole in particular finish in 1989 sg3 extends
down to a staggering 12 point 2 kilometers of roughly 726 miles making
it the deepest artificial point on earth number 12 on the 18th of September 1970
the American musician Jimi Hendrix died at Samarkand hotel in Notting Hill
London at the age of 27 the celebrated guitarist who was described by the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame as arguably the greatest instrumentalists in the history
of rock music died after choking on his own vomit
having overdosed on sleeping pills number 13
the next day although that’s just a coincidence I should stress on the 19th
of September 1970 the very first Glastonbury Festival was held at a farm
belonging to dairy farmer and founder and keen draughts enthusiast Michael
Eavis it was originally called the piltan festival which has far less of a
ring to it and was originally to feature the kinks and Wayne Fontana as a
headliners however both act pulled out sporting EVs to replace them with a
bangle Tyrannosaurus Rex later known as t-rex which isn’t too shabby as things
go number 14 on the 4th of October 1970 little over two weeks after the death of
Jimi Hendrix the American rock soul and blues singer Janis Joplin also died at
the age of 27 Joplin died as a result of an accidental overdose of heroin which
was thought to be far more potent than usual just goes to show kids be careful
of age 27 and also don’t just don’t do that number 15 on the 20th of November
1970 the Miss World 1970 beauty pageant held at the Royal Albert Hall in London
was disrupted by women’s liberation protestors he viewed the competition as
degrading and misogynistic the protesters disrupted the event by
stirring Rotten Tomatoes smoke bombs and bags of flour which startled the host
American entertainer Bob Hope’s so much that he ran backstage and refused to
return for a considerable amount of time number 16 on the 7th of February 1971
the nation of Switzerland which is often praised for its tradition of direct
democracy finally granted Swiss women the right to vote if that sounds wildly
misogynistic and it is this change in law only applied to voting at a federal
level some areas of Switzerland didn’t allow
women to vote at the local until 1991 good god Switzerland on only
got cheese and chocolate and everything but get it together number 17 on the
30th of October 1971 the Reverend Ian Paisley founded the right-wing unionist
political party the Democratic Unionist Party against the backdrop of the
continuing conflict in Northern Ireland known as the troubles fought between the
largely Catholic Republicans who supports the United Ireland and the
largely Protestant unionists who wanted northern liner to remain part of the
United Kingdom the violence of the troubles peaked in the early 70s and
would eventually claimed the lives of over 3500 people number 18 in November
of 1971 English Family Care activist Erin Pizzey established the world’s
first domestic violence shelter in Chizik London the organization
eventually expanded to include numerous houses and in 1979 became a registered
charity now known as refuge number 19 on the 15th of November 1971 Intel released
the world’s first commercially available microprocessor the Intel 400 for now I’m
no computer whiz but I’m pretty sure the genius of this development was that data
could be processed but likes smaller is that it am i close
anyone mother’s no one in here with me number 20 and approximately 3:00 p.m. on
the 24th of November 1971 a well-spoken well dressed individual aboard flight
305 from Portland Seattle informed air stewardess Florence Schaffner that’s he
had a bomb in his bag and demanded a ransom of $200,000 along with several
parachutes the man then directed the crew to land in orders for the plane to
be refueled and for the money to be delivered to him Schaffner informed
pilot William Scott who contacted air traffic control then did as he was told
or a story fact did it continue in the next one number 21 after the plane
landed at the seattle-tacoma Airport the hijack had directed everyone to leave
the plane except for himself and four crew members after which the ransom
money inheritance were delivered on the plane via aft stairs at the back of the
aircraft at around 7:40 p.m. after the plane of hidden refueled Scotch was
directed to take off once more about 20 minutes later while above southwestern
Washington the man opened the planes rear steps and jumped disappearing
forever number 22 boo tennis mr. O’Neill
attention here now the hijacker actually identified himself as Dan Cooper but due
to a reporting error his name was published as DB Cooper by which this
mysterious gentleman hijacker is now mostly commonly
most experts generally believe that coopered likely didn’t survive his
high-risk jump but despite extensive investigation speculation from a number
of sources his fate has never been conclusively determined which is why I
turn to you do you think that DB Cooper survived let us know in our snazzy tide
our YouTube pal or if you are DB Cooper just comment below number 23 on the 19th
of December 1971 Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian crime film a Clockwork Orange
was released in New York City based on the novel of Anthony Burgess in 1962 the
film employed the use of violent and disturbing imagery to comment on the
range of issues including psychiatry juvenile delinquency and youth gangs
despite its critical and commercial success the film proved to be extremely
controversial and was banned in several countries for decades afterwards number
24 on the 24th of December 1971 lanta flight 508 between the Peruvian cities
of Lima typical pas was hit by lightning during a severe thunderstorm the
aircraft disintegrated midair causing the deaths of everyone on board with a
single exception of a German Peruvian teenager named Julianne Koepke who
survived a fall of over 3.2 kilometres while strapped into her seat with a
broken collarbone and gasps to her right arm and her right eye swollen shut
kuroky trekked for 11 days before she was found
number 25 only a month later on the 26th of January 1972 a bomb exploded aboard a
flight between Stockholm to Belgrade causing the aircraft to break into three
pieces 10.1 kilometres above ground and crashed near a small village in what is
now chechi at of the 28 people on board 27 were killed upon impact with the
ground leaving only Serbian air she would s vesna vulovic as the sole
survivor as a result vulovic set the Guinness
world record for surviving the highest fall without the parachute which I’m
sure she was thrown them out in retrospect but probably had bigger fish
to fry at the time number 26 on the 30th of January 1972 members of the British
army opened fire on a crowd of unarmed Irish protesters who were marching
against anti-catholic discrimination in the City of Derry
a total of 14 people were killed many of whom were running away or attempting to
help those who had already been shot the incident which later became known as
Bloody Sunday inflame sectarian tensions in Northern
Ireland and significantly increased support to nationalist groups like the
IRA number 27 two investigations into the events of Bloody Sunday were carried
out the first of which launched the exam at the British Army and was discredited
by the latest Savile report which concluded that the soldiers had
blatantly lied about the threat posed by the protesters and that their actions
were entirely unjustifiable upon the saddled reports publication in 2010 then
British Prime Minister David Cameron made a formal apology on behalf of the
UK despite this only one soldier was ever prosecuted for the shooting number
28 on the 2nd of March 1972 the Pioneer 10 spacecraft was launched from Cape
Kennedy and on the 13th of June 1983 became the first man-made object to
leave the solar system radio contact with pioneer 10 continued into the loss
of electric power for its radio transmitter on the 23rd of January 2003
at a staggering 12 billion kilometres from Earth number 29 on the 24th of May
1972 the Magnavox Odyssey video game system was first demoed and became
commercially available several months later in September making it the first
commercial home video game console color was added to the consoles black and
white visuals by the use of physical overlays to stock on the screen of CRT
TVs which is aa technology number 30 on the 5th of September during the 1972
Munich Olympics members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black
September took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage and demanded the release
of 234 Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel as well as the founders of the
far-left militant organisation Red Army Faction
andreas Baader and ol Rika Meinhof during a failed nighttime rescue attempt
all the hostages were killed along with one West German police officer and five
of the terrorists the events later became known as the Munich Massacre
number 31 the last manned moon mission today to follow 17 launched on the 7th
of December 1972 crewed by American astronauts Gene Cernan Ronald Evans and
Harrison Schmitt after doing a spot of sciencing and doing sick donuts per on
the lunar surface the crew returned to earth on the 19th of December concluding
the programme of Luna exploration humanity hasn’t been back to the moon
since which feels a tad rude sorry moon we’ve just been busy
number 32 a little over five hours after launch the crew of Apollo 17 took a
photo of plant earth dubbed the Blue Marble
which has since become one of the most iconic images in history
owing to the fact that it contained the location literally all
human history with the exception of NASA space missions that made such a
photograph possible oh there I go getting all full of optical again what
am I like sorry I’ve had a sherry number 33 for the first and last time ever on
New Year’s Eve 1972 a second leap second was added to the year making 1972 366
days and 2 seconds long the longest year ever to exist within the context of the
coordinated Universal time standard this was done to align human methods of
timekeeping with Earth’s a regular rotation because time is ultimately
arbitrary and everything is meaningless number 34 for the April 1972 edition of
Cosmopolitan magazine actor Burt Reynolds posed nude on a bearskin rug
for the centerfold catapulted him into instant fame and producing one of the
decades most recognizable and titillating images Reynolds later said
though he requested posing for the photo believing it cost several of his
co-stars awards from their roles in the 1972 American thriller film deliverance
well we here at team 101 love your nudes Reynolds Academy be damned number 35 on
the 1st of January 1973 the United Kingdom the Republic of Ireland and
Denmark entered the European Economic Community which later became known as
the European Union and we’ve been happy there since and we all lived happily
ever after oh that’s not what happened oh ok I’m
just gonna pause for angry comments you done got out of your system ok good
moving on number 36 on the 14th of January 1973 Elvis Presley made history
with his Aloha from Hawaii by satellite concert performed from the Honolulu
International Center in raqqa Honolulu the concert aired in around 40 countries
across Asia and Europe and is widely considered to be one of his greatest
triumphs while it’s often stated that the show was watched live by between 1
to 1.5 billion people this claim is widely regarded as a gross exaggeration
as the combined population of the countries which aired the show was
somewhere around 1.3 billion number 97 on the 22nd of January 1973 the US
Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade
which overturned state bans on abortion since then the debate around abortion
and a woman’s right to bodily autonomy in the United States has continued to
rage and numerous attempts have been made
quite recently to curtail the decision with varying success number 38 on the
12th of February 1973 Ohio became the first US state to post distant on signs
using the far more intuitive and easy-to-understand metric system sadly
it hasn’t really caught on in the good old US of a they just love their feet
too much you could even say that America has a foot Oh can’t say that ok fine
number 39 on the 11th of August 1973 in the Bronx New York to make an American
DJ Kool Herc first debuted is innovative DJing technique known as braking which
involves extending enjoyable sections of a song by repeating them on two separate
records one after the other it is this date that is now widely
considered to constitute the birth of hip hop which has been doing really
quite well since then number 40 on the 20th of September 1973 Billie Jean King
thanks tough against Bobby Riggs and a televised tennis match after Riggs
claimed that the women’s game was inferior and that even at the age of 55
he could best any female player billed as the battle of the sexes the match was
attended by record 30,000 492 spectators and viewed on television in 36 countries
by an estimated 90 million people art a little over two hours King beat Riggs in
straight sets Bagon car a cool 100 grand and forever
changing the public perception of women’s tennis number 41 on the 20th of
October 1973 the iconic Sydney Opera House was officially opened by the queen
of Australia elizabeth ii after 14 years of instruction before us to annoy some
people anyway designed by Danish architect Shawn
Hudson the distinctive building has since become one of the most
recognizable symbols of Australia up there with kangaroos boomerangs and
Steve Irwin’s huge double grin Misha Steve uluru vomiting
over life on the 30th of October 1973 the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul Turkey
was completed physically connecting the continents of Europe and Asia across the
Bosphorus for the first time in history Bosphorus number 43 on the 15th of
October 1973 the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Federal
Council declared homosexuality not to be an illness the first son’s body in the
world to do so weeks later on the 15th of December the American Psychiatric
Association followed suit based largely on the research and advocacy of the
American psychologist evelyn hooker truth
gay people like human beings revolutionary number 44 the 26th of
December 1973 saw the release of the American supernatural horror film The
Exorcist starring Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair which depicts the demonic
possession of a twelve-year-old girl and the attempt by two priests to save her
the film is now widely considered to be one of the greatest horror films in
history and made a significant impact on popular culture despite low expectations
Alex hum of release the Exorcist has since raked in worldwide profits of over
four hundred and forty million dollars number 45 on the 29th of March 1973 the
US combat troops left South Vietnam ending America’s direct involvement in
the Vietnam War by this date almost 60,000 American servicemembers and as
many as 3.8 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians had been killed number 46
on the 4th of their prey 1974 heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped outside her
Berkeley California apartment by left-wing domestic American terrorist
group could the Symbionese Liberation Army as the granddaughter of newspaper
magnate William Randolph Hearst the SLA hoped her kidnapping would attract the
attention of the American news media and foster support for their extreme
anti-capitalist agenda number 47 less than a month after being kidnapped
the SLA released a video featuring Patty Hearst in which she appeared to
sympathize with her captors and several days later she participated alongside
the SLA in a bank robbery in San Francisco following her arrest several
months later Hearst repudiated her allegiance to the SLA claiming she had
been brainwashed Hearst ultimately served less than two
years of a seven-year sentence before she was pardoned by President Bill
Clinton on his last day in office and has since become known as a famous case
of Stockholm Syndrome number 48 on the 29th of March 1974 the Terracotta Army
of Qin Shihuang was discovered at Xian China by local farmers digging a water
while approximately 1.5 kilometers east of the Shin Emperor’s tomb mound in
mount Li the army which dates from approximately the late 3rd century BCE
is made up of approximately 8,000 soldiers 130 chariots with 520 horses
and 150 cavalry horses which are thought to have been constructed either to
protect the Emperor Qin in the afterlife or simply is an extremely badass
monument to his glory number 49 on the 26th of June 1974 the universal product
code better known as the humble bar code was scanned about the very first
time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the marsh supermarket in
Troy Ohio whoo Ohio you have a claim to fame baby you gobo hiyo number 50 on the
8th of August 1974 President Richard Nixon announced his resignation
effective at noon the next day Nixon’s decision to step down constituted the
climax of the Watergate scandal which began two years earlier in June of 1972
when several individuals connected to Nixon’s re-election campaign broke into
the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office
complex in Washington DC and stole documents and wiretapped phones
number 51 in these subsequent months after their arrests it emerged to Nixon
and engage in numerous illegal activities to cover up the scandal
including the payment of harsh money this is despite Nixon’s famous assertion
in 1973 that he was not in fact a crook though he was very much so number 52 on
the 16th of November 1974 the radio-telescope are the Arecibo
Observatory if you don’t know it that’s in Puerto Rico sent an interstellar
radio message carrying basic information about humanity in earth towards Messier
13 the great globular cluster in Hercules in the hope that it may be
received and deciphered by extraterrestrial life the message will
reach his intended destination in around 25,000 years and he’ll probably take
just as long for a message to get back to earth I mean talk about a
long-distance relationship oh thank you tip your waitresses I’ll be here all
week number 53 on the 21st of November 1974 two pubs in the English city of
Birmingham were torn apart by bomb explosions killing 21 people and
injuring 182 more at the time the attack was widely believed to be linked to the
provisional Irish Republican Army who never explicitly claimed responsibility
for the attack though Ciaran Conway one of the IRAs most senior former officers
admitted the group’s involvement in 2014 IRA members had apparently attempted to
deliver a warning call much sooner but couldn’t find a functioning phone box
which significantly increased a death toll number 54 within hours of the
attack six Irishmen were arrested in 1975 sentenced to life imprisonment for
the bombings the men who came to be known as the Birmingham six maintained
that they were innocent and had been forced to sign false confessions under
severe physical and psychological abuse but
police after 16 years in prison their convictions were overturned in 1991 and
the men were released concluding what is widely considered to be one of the worst
miscarriages of justice in British legal history number 55 number 20 what on the
24th of November 19 Simmons for a skeleton from the hominid species
Australopithecus afarensis was discovered in the awash Valley of the
afar triangle in Ethiopia the specimen lived approximately 3.3 million years
ago in Africa and was subsequently named Lucy after the Beatles song with Lucy in
the Sky with Diamonds number 56 in 1974 Hungarian architecture professor Erno
Rubik produced his most famous invention the Rubik’s Cube originally called the
magic cube Rubik’s creation was licensed to the ideal toy company in 1980 after
which it subsequently won a number of awards and became one of the most
popular and most infuriating toys in history number 57
not only that 1974 also saw the release of the fancy tabletop role-playing game
Dungeons & Dragons designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Anson the game has become
a byword for nerd culture despite the fact that it’s played by a number of
well-known movie badasses like Vin Diesel who’s well aboard the choo-choo
DND train not sure if my darling angel of cinema Jennifer Lawrence is a fan of
the game but if you’re out there Jen I’d be more than happy to teach you I just
have to learn how to play myself first number 58 on the 8th of March 1975 the
United Nations celebrated the first ever International Women’s Day I know you’re
thinking guys went international men’s day right it’s the 19th of November ok
to be quiet number 59 on the 4th of April 1975 super
nerd extraordinaire Bill Gates and other guy Paul Allen founded a little company
in earnest Mike Rowe soft in Albuquerque New Mexico
Microsoft McRoy Nick whatever it is has since grown into one of the world’s
largest tech companies and they also make X boxes which is nice of them
number 16 after almost two decades the Vietnam War finally ended with the so
called fall of Saigon on the 30th of April 1975 as communist forces from
North Vietnam overthrew the remaining South Vietnamese resistance as the
capital was taken South Vietnam surrendered unconditionally
beginning the transition of the reunification of the
nom into its current state as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in their
failure to stop a communist victory the Vietnam War is often called the only war
that the United States ever lost number 61
20th of June 1955 the SAR guys but oh well the classic thrill of Jaws was
released in 450 cinemas across North America I’m trying to do the theme tune
it’s not really working though is it I’ll just read normally now despite a
troubled production Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s 1974
novel the same name quickly became a smash hit and is now widely considered
to be one of the greatest films ever made and one of the very first true
blockbusters not burned of a film about a big angry shark number 62 on the 11th
of October 1975 NBC at the very first episode of Saturday Night Live the live
TV variety sketch show created by producer Lorne Michaels controversial
comedian George Carlin appeared as the show’s first host with billy preston and
janis ian as the first musical guests today SNL is still going strong and
continues to make super stars after the lucky few comedians who get a shot on
the show I audition for SNL once but I couldn’t just leave you guys no matter
how much lon begged me I still get phone calls from the guy sorry Lorne and I
ain’t gonna happen please call me Lorne please number 63 on
the 31st of October 1975 the legendary rock band Queen released the legendary
song Bohemian Rhapsody which went on to become one of the most popular songs in
his tois at the time however studio execs on the band had almost 6 minutes
long the track was far too lengthy to release as a single luckily Queen
refused to back down ensuring Bohemia wraps this place in music history
Nintendo 64 hey look at that we’re in 1976 now all the 2000s – January 1976
the French British turbo jet powered supersonic passenger airliner Concorde
made its first commercial flight with a maximum speed of 1254 miles per hour
which I hasten to add is more than twice the speed of sound
Colcord was one of the fastest commercial aeroplanes in history number
65 assault Concorde was capable of making
transatlantic flights in less than half the time of other airliners sadly though
a combination noise complaint wildly expensive fares and a general downturn
in commercial aviation following 9/11 resulted in the end of concorde tenure
in 2003 after 27 years of operation number 66 on the 1st of April 1956 Steve
Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the Apple computer company apparently confident
that a business formed on April Fool’s Day was bound to succeed 42 years later
in 2018 Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company so oh I guess
they were right number 67 on the 18th of July 1976 the Romanian gymnast Nadia
Comaneci and the first of seven perfect scores of turn on roots of winning three
gold medals and the 1956 Summer Olympics in Montreal after delivering a flawless
performance on the uneven bars the scoreboard read one point zero due to
its inability to properly display her perfect score
a testament to her triumph over what’s believed to be impossible number 68 on
the 20th of July 1976 NASA’s Viking 1 space probe landed on Mars and soon
after became the first successful mission to the Red Planet
Viking 1 wasn’t actually the first man-made object to reach Mars though as
the Soviet Union had beat them to it several years earlier with their Mars
two and three probes however Mars to literally crashed into
the planets rocky surface and while Mars 3 did manage to land safely it sadly
stopped transmitting after only 14 seconds awkward number 69 14 seconds on
the first of December 1976 too controversial Punk van The Sex Pistols
made a live appearance on The Tonight program hosted by Bill Grundy who
appeared to take issue with the band’s punk ethos after goading from Grundy
members of the band responded with profanity whoa
oh well Jessica nated to a string of insult from Johnny Rotten after Grundy
appeared to make lewd comments toward Suzie Suh then a member of the band’s
entourage while the incident effectively ended Grundy’s career it only increased
the band’s notoriety and turned them into punk icons number 10 and now it’s
1977 time on the 22nd of April of that year the general telephone in electrics
corporation the snazzy named guys sent the first live telephone traffic through
fiber optics in Long Beach California five optics are now widely used in
telecommunications and in those colorful lab thingies our farm for approximately
30 seconds number 71 the 25th of May 1977 was one of the most important days
in the history of science fiction and indeed film in general it was on this
day that George Lucas blessed us all with Star Wars which became the
highest-grossing film of its time and changed the landscape of sci-fi
entertainment gates to come to infinity and beyond No
is that it no that’s not it live long and this is sparta nailed it
number 72 on the 15th of June 1977 Spain held its first democratic elections with
the authority to write a constitution for Spain the elections came roughly a
year and a half after the death of Francisco Franco who ruled over Spain as
a dictator for over 40 years number 73 in August of 1977 the
celebrated American wrestler Hulk Hogan debuted as the super destroyer for
Championship Wrestling from Florida and John Carroll Catholic High School’s gym
in Fort Pierce Florida super destroy and lost at Don Serrano he measured in as a
relatively compact height at five foot seven compared to the imposing six foot
eight figure that would later become Hulk Hogan something tells me this whole
wrestling lark is a setup you know number 74 following a year of attacks
that left six people dead and several others injured David Berkowitz was
finally captured in Yonkers New York on the 10th of August 1977 widely now known
as Son of Sam not me Berkowitz terrorized the city of New York with a
series of shootings and left a number of menacing letters which talk to the
police and promised further crimes he continued to be one of the most
notorious killers in US history number 75 on the 15th of August 1977 a radio
telescope nicknamed the Big Ear that was operated by Ohio State University as
part of the SETI project received a radio signal from deep space that defied
and naturalistic explanation known as the WoW signal after Owen Wilson wow I’m
just kidding it’s actually after the note that astronomer Jerry R Eamon wrote
the computer hand out the anomaly has inspired numerous hypotheses for its
origin none of which have led to an adequate explanation as such the WoW
signal remains the strongest candidates for an alien radio transmission ever
detected number 76 on the 26th of August 1977 the National Assembly of Quebec
passed the contentious chart of the French language making French the
official language of the Canadian province of Quebec many Canadians
especially those in the english-speaking majority saw the law as contrary to the
federal government’s initiative to mandate bilingualism and debates on the
law’s passage continued to this very day fun fact – that was called bill 101
number 77 on the 10th of November 1977 a 27 year-old to Newton convicted murderer
named Hamidah John doobie became the last player
in France to be executed by guillotine in 1977 France guillotine someone in the
late 70s Wow number 78 on the 11th of September 1977 Atari Inc released its
video computer system in North America later sold as guitar e 2600 the system
is credited with popularizing the YouTube video game cartridges in
contrast to other systems which would usually only play games that been
physically built into the unit however Atari were not the first to utilize this
system that on a go to the almost-forgotten Fairchild channel F
which was released the previous year in 1976 number 79 on the 14th of October
1977 anti-gay activist and Nita Bryant was famously pied in the face by four
plucky gay rights activists during a televised press conference in Des Moines
Iowa having previously referred to gay people as human garbage and implied that
granting rights from non heterosexuals could lead to intercourse with beasts
some would say she got what was coming to her number 80 on the 26th of October
1977 the last case of naturally occurring smallpox was discovered in
ally mal Marlin a hospital cookin murki Somalia who was infected with the Mulder
strain variola minor the last case of the more deadly variola major strain was
discovered several years earlier in 1975 in a two-year-old Bangladeshi girl named
her Hema Banu several years later after extensive verification smallpox was
officially declared eradicated v2 considered to be one of humanity’s
greatest achievements give yourself a pat on the back humanity you’re done
good number 81 on the 8th of November 1977 the city of San Francisco elected
Harvey Milk to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors making him the first
openly gay elected official of any large city in the United States within the
first few months of his political career Milk sponsored an important bill banning
discrimination in public accommodations housing and the employment on basis of
sexual orientation sadly though milk was assassinated in 1978 along with mayor
George Moscone by former city supervisor Dan White after the pair refused to
support is very pointment to the board number 82 on Christmas Day 1977 the
legendary English comedy actor Charlie Chaplin died in his sleep and was buried
two days later in a cemetery near his home in Switzerland
however several weeks later on the 1st of March 1978
Chaplin’s body was stolen with his car by two immigrants who are planning to
extort money from the actors family Chaplin’s body was found several weeks
later after which he was reburied under almost two meters of reinforced concrete
to prevent any more attempts to make money from the body of a dead comedian
be fair I’ve never heard of that happening since number 83 on the 21st of
February 1978 electrical work it’s in the middle of Mexico City accidentally
uncovered the remains of templo mayor the main temple of the Aztecs Empire in
their capital of Tenochtitlan work on the temple began in the mid 14th century
and was dedicated to NEC – oh gee we’d sill Apostoli the God of War and flog
the god of rain and agriculture number 84 on the 25th of May 1978 a bomb
exploded in the security section of Northwestern University in Evanston
Illinois wounding a security guard this would have become the first in 14
attacks attributed to Ted Kaczynski also known as the Unabomber Kaczynski
believed that the rise of modern technology was eroding human freedom and
felt that his attacks while extreme were necessary to bring attention to his
cause by the time he was apprehended in 1996 he had killed three people and
injured 23 others in bombings targeting academics and business owners involved
in technology and engineering number 85 on the 9th of June 1978 the Church of
Jesus Christ of latter-day saints also known as the Mormon Church officially
extended the priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy males ending a
policy of excluding Canaanites also known as black people from priesthood
ordination and temple ordinances the ban was based on a variety of extremely
racist beliefs including the idea that black people have been less virtuous in
their pre mortal lives at a moment sure number 86 on the 19th of June 1978 the
sarcastic little feline named Garfield made his debut in 41 US newspapers
created by cartoonist Jim Davis Garfield would eventually grow to become the
world’s most widely syndicated comic strip and today Garfield Murch raked in
1 billion dollars every year somehow which I have on very good authority
could buy you an awful lot of chicken nuggets and all’s Anya number 87 on the
28th of June 1978 – the rainbow gay pride flag flew for the first time at
the San Francisco gay Freedom Day Parade created by actors Gilbert Baker the
original design featured a pink stripe the top and turret coins and indigo
stripes in place with a blue stripe however the pink stripe was removed due
to the unavailability of pink fabric and the turquoise indigo striped will
replace with blue stripes to give the flank an even number of colors allowing
the flag to be equally split in half and paraded down each side of the street I
never knew such thinking went into a flag number 88 on the 25th of July 1978
a little girl named Louise Brown was born in Oldham in the UK number 80
joking that’s not it the waist was no ordinary baby she was in fact the very
first baby to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilization
also known as IVF her birth served as a beacon of hope for childless couples
throughout the world and since then over 8 million babies have been born
worldwide as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments number 89
on the 17th of December 1978 the Camp David Accords was signed by the Israeli
prime minister Menachem Begin and the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at Camp
David in the US state of Maryland the agreements were made to recognize
Israel’s right to exist and to stabilize the tense relationship between the two
nations which have been involved in a number of
military and diplomatic conflict since the establishment of Israel in 1948
number 90 however the agreements were extremely unpopular throughout the Arab
world and led to Egypt suspension from the Arab League in 1979 and Sadat’s
assassination in 1981 indeed many of the issues the agreements sought to resolve
remain contentious to this very day number 91 on the 18th of November 1978
over 900 members of the Peoples Temple movement died at the group’s Jonestown
compound in Guiana founded as a new Christian movement by Jim Jones in 1955
the organization moved to the South American nation in the mid 70s by which
point it had developed into an apocalyptic cult that preached against
the sapota drives and fascism in the United States number 92 after followers
of Jones murdered US congressman Leo Ryan who had come to investigate the
group Jones threat to this followers to drink a soft drink of flavour rate and
kool-aid laced with Valium and cyanide in protest
against the conditions of an inhumane world 909 people died that day at
Jonestown number 93 between January of 1978 in
February 1979 the matron of Iran revolted against its Western back monic
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and replaced the government with a theocratic Islamic
Republic led by Ayatollah Ruhollah for many
in what is now known as the Iranian Revolution supporters of the revolution
continue to rule the country to this very day in fact number 94 on the 13th
of every 1979 the guardian angels vigilante group formed in New York City
initially created by anti-crime activist Curtis sliver to combat widespread
violence and crime on the New York City subway system training first aid and CPR
law conflict resolution and basic martial arts the group is known for
their snazzy red berets and jackets and continued to operate in a number of
cities around the world number 95 on the 8th of March 1979 philips and sony
demonstrated the compact discs publicly for the first time showcasing a new
technology many regarded as revolutionary ah get it because it’s
fear number 96 on the 28th of March 1979 reactor number 2 or 3 Mile Island
Nuclear Generating Station suffered a partial meltdown constituting the most
significant accident in u.s. commercial nuclear power plant history cleanup
started several months later in August of 1979 and officially ended 14 years
later in December of 1993 with the total cost of around 1 billion dollars number
97 on the 3rd of May 1979 the British people voted in Margaret Thatcher as the
country’s first female Prime Minister that too led the UK throughout the 80s
and became one of the country’s most polarizing prime ministers in history so
much so that when she died in 2013 some areas of Britain saw mass celebration
number 98 in June of 1979 purveyors of the dreadful e unhealthy yet exquisitely
delicious fast food McDonald’s introduced the happy meal named after
the emotional solicitude among kits everywhere because happy meals are
amazing I know they’re bad for you but they’re so so good god damn number 99
after passing nearest territory of Guam on the 12th October 1959 typhoon tip
reached a record intensity of 870 millibars making it the most powerful
tropical cyclone in known history tip was also the largest tropical cyclone on
record with a wind diameter of 1380 miles which is by the way approximately
the distance of New York City on the East Coast to the Texan city of Dallas
number 100 typhoon tip also reached peak sustained winds of 190 miles per hour
thankfully tip was at its most powerful while careening through a mostly
uninhabited region of the Philippine Sea and had weakened significantly by the
time it passed over Japan as a result the most powerful cyclone in recorded
history caused less than 100 casualties number 101 on
the 15th of December 1979 the Japanese animated action adventure comedy the
castle of Cagliostro was released in Japan representing the directorial debut
of the one and only Hayao Miyazaki one of the founders of the acclaimed
Japanese anime company Studio Ghibli see it all started in the seventies you’d
lovable anime nerds so there we go that was 101 5 to 5 1970s what a bleak decade
but would you want to go back to the 70s to experience all that raw culture let
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100 Replies to “101 Facts About The 1970s”

  1. Hey you swingin' cats! Sam's back, and now it's time to find out all about what happened back in the 1970s – some of it downright bleak, if we're honest, but a very important decade! So what I wanna know is – who is your favourite 70s musician/band, and what's your favourite 70s film??

  2. 0:19 I'm no millennial, I'm Gen-X!
    For 1975 you left out the release of the greatest midnight film of all time, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

  3. Damn it… It was Flavor-aid that was used at Jones town. They probably couldn't afford koolaid. Lol

  4. My brothers are children of the 1970s, while I’m a child of the 1980s (though I was born on the penultimate month of the 1970s). Therefore, I’m a Gen X bordering on Millennial.

  5. Just for fun I'm going to be "that annoying guy" and point out that the VW bus in the tumbnail is not a 70s model. The split screen bus went out of production in 1967.

  6. Punk, new wave, reggie, ska, glam rock, heavy metal , Bowie, T Rex, Clash, Jam etc etc etc, best music decade since the Stone Age

  7. You Forgot in October 25, 1978 the Greatest Slasher Film was released to the World from John Carpenter, Halloween.

  8. A lot of this is just media gossip and btw the city in Northern Ireland is Londonderry and not Derry. You had to live in that time to understand it.

  9. What no mention of the greatest popcultural historical musical moment that happened in 1975?? That is when the world was told to "ROCK N ROLL ALL NIGHT… AND PARTY EVERYDAY!", the greatest 70's rock band ever…. KISS was made famous on that year! Hecks yeah, baby!! m/

  10. I grow up in the 70's. There where a lot good times and a lot of bad times. Here are two that comes to mind, that where very bad. I lived in those area when it happened. Live in outside Louisville Jefferson Ky 1974 and Greeley co 1976 The Super Outbreak of tornadoes on April 3-4, 1974. With in a single 24-hour period some of the strongest tornadoes from this outbreak occurred with F4/F5 tornadoes confirmed. there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 U.S. states resulting in 159 deaths, over 4000 injuries, and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Then in July 31 1976 The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was the deadliest flash flood in Colorado’s recorded history. On July 31, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains around the resort town of Estes Park. Unusual weather patterns allowed the huge storm system to stall over the area.

  11. first ! while black sabbath is considered to be the first heavy metal band , steppenwolfs ," born to be wild " is considered the first heavy metal song , second , is`nt it interesting that nixon was threatened with impeachment and resigned for doing exactly what hillary clinton and the dnc did during the 2016 elections ! just the facts !

  12. Why do people complain about men’s day? Men have just as many issues as women, stuff like higher suicide rate and other things like that in men need to be addressed.

  13. A couple of years ago they found the adequate explanation for it's origin. There was a comet that passed in that area around that time which was the emitter of the signal.

  14. Wrong again. Quebec is majority French speaking, not English speaking as you stated. In fact, there are more French speaking people in Canada than in France.

  15. Remember the image that you talked about in the 60s video? You said it was so iconic but you censored it. What was it?

  16. Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashes into Mt Erebus, Antarctica, on 28 Nov '79 killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew on board.

  17. Hey! I grew up in the seventies and knew EXACTLY where I was when important world or political news hit. Usually sitting in front of our TV, stereo, radio set watching Walter Cronkite while eating leftovers for dinner because I was a latch-key kid. Plus, I couldn't wait to grow up so I could go to Studio 54! Disco WAS life (along with some Queen sprinkled in)! BLAZING SADDLES 1974 was the best birthday present EVAR! ::: i was eight. . . tee-hee!::: AND I had to watch it at night with grown ups in the movie theater (to get the full experience)!

  18. It sure is weird that someone thought that sex with beasts was going to become normal. All we have now is people defending pedophiles. So different.

  19. The man's name, Begin… pronounced BAY-gun. He's a major historical figure and I'm sure you could find men-AHK-uhm BAY-gun info somewhere with it pronounced properly, but thanks for the vids.

  20. Besides Star Wars, there were also the very popular movies Saturday Night Fever, Grease, The Spy who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

  21. I live in ohio, i learned about the event at kent in my American history class sophomore year of hs. I didnt know ohio was the first state to put the distance in km on highway signs. Shweet

  22. The thing they do not tell you about Kent protests is that, two days prior to the May 4th shooting, someone set the ROTC building on fire.

  23. Technically the 1970s ended on December 31 1980. You don't start counting years with zero, so a 1970s ran from January 1 1971 to December 31 1980

  24. On #93 You forgot to add their fashion changed into a law and changed from western culture looking into women wearing long coat/tunics over their regular clothes and they are now required to cover their heads with a scarf. Men also must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts too. It's now the law, ever since the revolution.

  25. It's 101 facts…not "The only 101 things that happened." Too many things happened in the '70's…Rush, start of Cell phones, disco, Yak Yak Yak….It's just a fun video 🙂

  26. Welcome to the world of burnt orange and avocado green. Can anyone tell me why these colors were so invasive?

  27. The only reason I’d go to that decade is to see a live performance of Waylon Jennings or my other favorite country singers from that era.

  28. As big as the Beatles were in the 60s, don’t you think thier solo stuff from the 70s helped shape the 70s for what it is it now? Not just Paul’s stuff with Wings or John’s “Imagine” but a lot of George and Ringo’s stuff too. I know thier the 70s discography and they really fit in well with the 70s. So in a way even though they weren’t together as a group anymore they still helped shape the 79s as well as they did the 60s. In fact, if I can name just 2 of the most 70s sounding albums within the Beatles, I would choose Paul’s “Venus & Mars” and George’s “33&1/3rd”

  29. One of these days 101 facts will give us 101 completely different and non related facts instead of several facts pertaining to the same subject

  30. #23 B Malcolm McDowell, the star of that movie, is the uncle of DS9's ALEXANDER SIDDIG, who plays Dr. Julian Bashir!

  31. You forgot the odd coincidence of the film "The China Syndrome" starring Jane Fonda, that was released shortly before the accident at 3 Mile Island. It was worthy of a mention.

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