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On this page you will find some memorable moments that occurred in the 70's as well as some moments that you may not have known about. Some interesting stuff here folks. Information is added as it is collected and obtained.


May 31st, 1970 - An earthquake kills more than 50,000 in Peru.

May 14th, 1970 - Four students (Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandy Scheuer & William Schroeder) at Kent University in Ohio are slain by National Guardsmen at a demonstration.

April 9th, 1970 - The Beatles break up.

September 18th, 1970 - Jimmy Hendrix (rock guitarist) is found dead in London at age 27 after mixing drugs & alcohol.

January 4th, 1970 - New York City transit fares rise from 20¢ to 30¢, larger tokens are being used.

October 4th, 1970 - Janis Joplin (singer) is found dead in a Hollywood Hotel room apparently of a heroin overdose.

February 21st, 1970 - The Jackson Five make their debut on "American Bandstand".

March 8th, 1970 - New York City mail service is paralyzed by the first major postal strike. Postal workers return to work on March 26th, 1970.

June 7th, 1970 - The Who's "Tommy" is performed at New York's Lincoln Center.

August 4th, 1970 - Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness.

November 27th, 1970 - Pope Paul VI is wounded in the chest during a visit to the Philippines by a dagger wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

June 22nd, 1970 - President Nixon signs a new law which gives eighteen year olds the right to vote.

September 6th, 1970 - Four passenger jets bound for New York are hijacked by Arab terrorist. Three of the four planes land in the Middle East and the fourth one lands in London.

January 24th, 1970 - James "Shep" Shepherd of "Shep & The Limelites" is beaten to death.


June 30th, 1971 - Twenty-sixth Amendment to the US Constitution lowers voting age to eighteen.

July 3rd, 1971 - Jim Morrison (Lead singer of the "Doors") dies of heart failure in Paris at age 27.

October 9th, 1971 - Duane Allman (Of the "Allman Brothers") dies in a motorcycle accident at age 24.

January 1st, 1971 - Cigarette ads are banned from being aired on television.
January 25th, 1971 - Charles Manson & three women followers are convicted in the Tate-Bianca murders.

May 13th, 1971 - Grace Slick (Of "Jefferson Airplane") is seriously injured in a car accident.

May 16th, 1971 - First class postage is now 8¢, it was 6¢.

May 23rd, 1971 - Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands.

June 1st, 1971 - Ed Sullivans final television show airs.

August 3rd, 1971 - Paul McCartney announces the formation of his new band "Wings".

September 9th, 1971 - Prisoners of Attica State Prison in Buffalo New York begin a siege that claimed 40 lives. On September 13th, 1971 over 1,000 State Troopers storm the prison and take it back.

January 10th, 1971 - Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (fashion designer) dies at age 87.


May 15th, 1972 - Presidential candidate George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at a Laurel, MD political rally and is left paralyzed.

June 29th, 1972 - US Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

January 5th, 1972 - New York City transit fares rise from 30¢ to 35¢.
March 23rd, 1972 - Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars with his motorcycle.

June 2nd, 1972 - Dion & The Belmonts reunion concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

July 17th, 1972 - First two women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico.

July 21st, 1972 - In New York City 57 murders occur with in 24 hours.

August 12th, 1972 - Last of the American Combat Troops leave Vietnam.

November 7th, 1972 - President Richard Nixon is re-elected defeating George McGovern.

December 7th, 1972 - Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is stabbed and wounded by an assailant.

May 3rd, 1972 - The 48 year reign of terror as director of the FBI ends for J. Edgar Hoover. He dies and L. Patrick Gray is named as acting FBI director.

October 24th, 1972 - Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in the major leagues dies at age 53.

December 31st, 1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) is killed in a plane crash while attempting to deliver disaster relief supplies to Nicaragua. The plane went down off the coast of his homeland, Puerto Rico.

June 13th, 1972 - Clyde McPhatter (singer in the "Drifters") dies of a heart attack.


April 30th, 1973 - On national television President Richard Nixon accepts responsibility, but not blame, for Watergate. He accepts the resignations of H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman and fires John W. Dean III as counsel.

October 10th, 1973 - Spiro T. Agnew resigns as Vice President and then pleads no contest to charges of evasion of income taxes while Governor of Maryland.

May 14th, 1973 - "Skylab" the first American space station is launched.

January 30th, 1973 - "Kiss" (the rock group) plays their first show at Coventry Club in Queens, New York.

June 9th, 1973 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes and The Triple Crown. Secretariat is the first horse to win The Triple Crown since 1948.

July 14th, 1973 - Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to the "Everly brothers".

July 15th, 1973 - Ray Davies announces retirement from the "Kinks" and then attempts suicide.

October 9th, 1973 - Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years of marriage.

September 20th, 1973 - Jim Croce (singer/songwriter) dies in a plane crash near Natchitoches, Louisiana at age 30.

April 8th, 1973 - Pablo Picasso (artist) dies near Mougins, France at age 91.

July 14th, 1973 - Clarence White (guitarist for the "Byrds") is killed by a car.

December 20th, 1973 - Bobby Darin (singer) "Mack The Knife" dies of heart failure at age 37.


February 4th, 1974 - Patricia Hearst, 19 year old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst is kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army.

August 8th, 1974 - Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign the next day. The first president to do this.

August 9th, 1974 - Vice President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan is sworn in as 38th President of The United States.

September 8th, 1974 - President Ford grants "full, free and absolute pardon" to ex-President Nixon.

January 2nd, 1974 - A 55 M.P.H. speed limit is imposed by President Nixon.
February 5th, 1974 - The maximum speed on the Autobahn is reduced to 100 K.P.H.

February 27th, 1974 - People Magazine begins sales.

March 2nd, 1974 - First class postage raised from 8¢ to 10¢.

April 5th, 1974 - The tallest building, The World Trade Center opens in New York City (110 stories).

May 24th, 1974 - The Dean Martin show airs for the last time on NBC-TV.

May 26th, 1974 - During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled.

August 3rd, 1974 - Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers.

August 5th, 1974 - Joan Jett forms her rock group the Runaways.
December 19th, 1974 - Nelson A. Rockefeller is sworn in as the 41st Vice President of the United States.

December 31st, 1974 - Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac.

March 19th, 1974 - Anne Klein (fashion designer) dies at age 51.

May 25th, 1974 - Pam Morrison wife of "Doors" vocalist Jim Morrison dies of a drug overdose.

July 29th, 1974 - Cass Elliot (singer "Mama's & Papa's") chokes to death in London at age 30.

October 13th, 1974 - Ed Sullivan (TV Host) dies at age 73.


January 1st, 1975 - John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman are found guilty of the Watergate cover-up.

February 21st, 1975 - John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman are sentenced to 30 months to 8 years in jail.

September 5th, 1975 - President Gerald Ford escapes an assassination attempt in Sacramento, California. Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme pointed a .45 caliber pistol at the President but did not fire it.

September 22nd, 1975 - President Ford escapes another assassination attempt in Sacramento, California. Sara Jane Moore fired one shot from a .38 caliber pistol that was deflected.

January 7th, 1975 - Led Zeppelin fans riot before a Boston concert. They cause $30.000 in damages.

March 19th 1975 - Pennsylvania is the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in High School sports.

May 17th, 1975 - Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window and gets 30 stitches.

June 1st, 1975 - Ron Woods replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stones guitarist.

June 23rd, 1875 - Alice Cooper (rock singer) falls off stage in Vancouver breaking 6 of his ribs.

June 30th, 1975 - Cher, just days after divorcing Sonny Bono marries Gregg Allman.

September 1st, 1975 - New York City transit fares raised to 50¢, they were 35¢.

December 31st, 1975 - First class postage now 13¢ was 10¢.

July 30th, 1975 - Former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa disappears from Suburban Detroit. He has since been presumed dead although his remains have never been found.

December 29th, 1975 - A bomb explodes in New York Cities LaGuardia airport killing 11 and injuring 75.

June 28th, 1975 - Rod Serling (writer/host) dies at age 60.


July 4th, 1976 - The Nation celebrates the Bicentennial.

November 2nd, 1976 - Jimmy Carter is elected President Of The United States.

June 3rd, 1976 - Queen's (rock group) "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold.

July 16th, 1976 - Rock duo Loggins & Messina break up after 6 years.

July 19th, 1976 - Rock group "Deep Purple" disbands.

August 11th, 1976 - Keith Moon, drummer for the "Who" collapses and is hospitalized in Miami.

September 1st, 1976 - New Jersey Meadowlands racetrack opens.

March 31st, 1976 - A New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan (a coma patient) could be disconnected from life support/respirator.

April 5th. 1976 - Billionaire Howard Hughes dies in Houston at age 72.

February 22nd, 1976 - Florence Ballard (Supremes singer) dies of a heart attack at age 32.

May 14th, 1976 - Keith Relf (vocalist) "Yardbirds" is electrocuted while tuning his guitar at age 33.


January 1st, 1977 - First woman Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means) is ordained.

August 16th, 1977 - Elvis Presley "The King" dies at Graceland at the age of 42.

March 2nd, 1977 - Bette Davis is the first woman to receive a Life Achievement Award.

April 26th, 1977 - New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens it's doors.

June 2nd, 1977 - New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.

July 13th, 1977 - New York City experiences a 25 hour blackout.

September 23rd, 1977 - Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on Charlie's Angels.

October 20th, 1977 - Three members of the rock group "Lynyrd Skynyrd" die in a charter plane crash near McComb, Mississippi.

January 17th, 1977 - Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore age 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison. The first US execution in a decade.

June 10th, 1977 - James Earl Ray (convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) escapes from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee along with 6 others. James Earl Ray is recaptured on June 13th, 1977.

January 20th, 1977 - Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the President Of The United States.

January 29th, 1977 - Freddie Prinze (actor) "Chico & the Man" commits suicide by shooting himself at age 22.

October 14th, 1977 - Bing Crosby (singer/actor) dies of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain at age 74.


August 6th, 1978 - Pope Paul VI dies at age 80.

September 28th, 1978 - New Pope John Paul I, age 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office.

November 18th, 1978 - Jim Jones' followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown.
June 12th, 1978 - David Berkowitz (Son Of Sam) sentenced in New York Supreme Court to 25 years to life.

July 1st, 1978 - Former President Nixon makes his first public speech since resigning in 1974.

December 11th, 1978 - Six masked men bound ten employees at Lufthansa cargo area at New York Cities Kennedy Airport and make off with $5.8 million in cash and jewelry.

December 13th, 1978 - Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first coin to honor a woman, is issued.

May 29th, 1978 - First class postage is now 15¢ it was 13¢.
January 23rd, 1978 - Terry Kath (guitarist) "Chicago" is accidently shot in the head at age 32.

November 8th, 1978 - Norman Rockwell (artist) dies in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at age 84.


January 4th, 1979 - Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of dead and injured in Kent State University shooting.

March 28th, 1979 - Nuclear Power Plant accident at Three Mile Island, PA releases radiation. 144,000 residents of nearby Middletown are evacuated.

January 12th, 1979 - Kenneth Bianchi, Los Angeles "Hillside Strangler" is arrested in Bellingham.

January 13th, 1979 - The YMCA files a libel suit against the "Village Peoples" YMCA song.

January 23rd, 1979 - Willie Mays elected tot he Baseball Hall Of Fame.

February 7th, 1979 - "Pink Floyd" premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles.

February 28th, 1979 - Mr. Ed (the famous talking horse) dies.

February 11th, 1979 - 43 million people watch "Elvis" on ABC.

February 26th, 1979 - Last total eclipse of the sun in the 20th century for the continental US.

April 6th, 1979 - Rod Stewart & Alana Collins wed.

May 19th, 1979 - Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd.

June 7th, 1979 - Chuck Berry (singer) is charged with tax evasion.

August 20th, 1979 - Vikki Carr (singer) weds Michael Nilsson.

May 25th, 1979 - In Chicago an American Airlines DC-10 crashes seconds after take off killing all 272 people on board as well as three people on the ground.

June 11th, 1979 - John Wayne (The Duke) dies at age 72.

December 3rd, 1979 - Eleven people are killed in a crush of fans at a "Who" concert in Cinncinnati's Riverfront Coliseum.

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