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Key EventsĀ in the 1970s

The 1970s were filled with events that shaped the world.

Some were joyous; and some were not.

But nearly all of them would have some impact on the future generations.

Here are some of the most memorable events in the 1970s.

The events are listed below in chronological order.


  • The U.S. celebrated its first Earth Day
  • The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created
  • Monday Night Football was broadcast for the first time
  • 18-year-olds in the U.S. are given the right to vote


  • The first microprocessor is introduced
  • Cigarette ads are banned on American television
  • The floppy disc is created
  • Callers could now dial directly between New York and London
  • The CT scan was introduced
  • Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, FL
  • Amtrak is created
  • Environmental organization Greenpeace is founded


  • President Nixon visits China
  • Nike sneakers were introduced
  • FedEx is founded
  • 15-year-old American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky in a now-famous chess match
  • The last man to ever walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan, did so in December 1972


  • UPC barcodes were introduced
  • Sydney Opera House opened
  • The Sears Tower in Chicago was completed
  • Vice-president Spiro Agnew resigns
  • Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in a much-publicized tennis match known as “The Battle of the Sexes”
  • Nixon releases the Watergate tapes
  • The Vietnam War ends


  • Richard Nixon resigns
  • The first African American model (Beverly Johnson) appears on the cover of a fashion magazine (Vogue)
  • The Heimlich Maneuver is developed and would eventually save millions from choking
  • The Episcopal Church ordains their first women priests
  • The first pocket calculators are introduced
  • Hank Aaron trumps Babe Ruth’s homerun record


  • Disposable razors are introduced
  • Lyme’s Disease is discovered
  • Microsoft was founded
  • The construction of the Alaska Pipeline began
  • The US and USSR enjoyed their first joint space mission – Apollo/Soyuz


  • Apple Computers is launched
  • America celebrates its Bicentennial
  • Betamax and VHS VCRs are released
  • The first Concorde supersonic airliner makes a Transatlantic flight
  • The Viking Probe lands on Mars
  • West Point begins to admit female cadets


  • An MRI scan is first used to map parts of the body
  • Alaska Pipeline is completed
  • New York City experienced a 25-hour blackout
  • First black Miss Universe is crowned


  • Atlantic City opens its first gambling establishments
  • Ultrasound is first used
  • Garfield the Cat appears for the first time in U.S. newspapers
  • Louise Brown, the first test tube baby, is born


  • Margaret Thatcher becomes the Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • The Sony Walkman is introduced
  • Skylab falls into the Indian Ocean
  • ESPN begins broadcasting
  • Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize