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Events in the 1970s

The 1970s was a decade full of good and bad, peace and turmoil, struggles and reasons to celebrate, and – without a doubt - countless advances in the field of technology.

Events occurred each month that would have a solid impact of the life of those who lived through the era.


Political events that happened during the 1970s included the end of the Vietnam War, and shortly thereafter, the Watergate Scandal, which would bring about the demise of both the U.S. president and vice president.


Women began to assume a more important role in society overall in the 1970s, especially in the workplace.

Events that made this apparent included the many equal rights marches that took place in Washington D.C. and other similar events that called attention to the fact that women deserved the same rights as men, especially when doing the same job.


The 1970s saw the start of many television shows that were far from the sappy family comedies or typical westerns of previous decades.

Premieres of controversial shows like All in the Family, and later Soap, were events that marked a dramatic change in television, sometimes prompting new warnings about who should and shouldn’t watch.

In the 70s, the Beatles split and so did Sonny and Cher. But many notable bands came on the scene during the decade and their premier concerts and albums would be events that were long remembered by music fans around the world. New genres appeared too, like heavy metal and disco.

Some of the most notable movies of all times premiered in the 1970s as well. These included Star Wars, Patton, The Godfather, Rocky, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Exorcist, Superman, Saturday Night Fever, and others.


Take a gander at the significant events in the 1970s and you’ll find that many of them have something to do with technology. Indeed, the 70s were the decade of the computer and the era that marked the start of video game craze.

Numerous companies, including Apple, Commodore, and Radio Shack, introduced their early home computers during the 70s and people came out of the woodwork to buy them.

Atari launched their early video gaming system, which would soon be followed by Intellivision and others. By the end of the decade, “computer” was starting to be a household word.


Great events happened in the sports world as well. Four Olympic Games were held during the decade and many notable athletes made names for themselves in their sports, including Dorothy Hamill (figure skating) and Eric Heiden (speed skating). Major league sports were thriving as well, with records being broken constantly.