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April 4, 1970 - April 4, 2020


1970 Nuclear Proliferation Treaty

1970 Earth Day

1970  Kent State Shootings

1970 Equal Rights March

1970 Pentagon Papers scandal

1970 Hurricane Celia

1970 Nixon resigns to avoid impeachment

1970 Gas Crisis



The Modern Era began in the 70's

Barcode 1973 -- E-Mail 1971 -- Floppy Disk 1971 -- Genetic Engineering 1973 -- Ink Jet Printer 1976 -- In Vitro Fertilization 1978 -- Laser Printer 1975 --  LCDs 1970 -- Liquid Crystal Display Microprocessor 1971 -- MRI Scanner 1977 -- Personal Computer 1975 -- SkyLab Space Station 1975

  • Air & Space: The Concord makes it's first its first supersonic flight.  Boeing 747 makes its first commercial passenger trip to London.
    • Apollo 13 mission to moon Accident.
    • The USSR launches the Venera 7 spacecraft and the Luna 17 Mission is launched by the USSR, carrying the first successful remote-controlled robotic lunar rover, Lunokhod 1, to the moon.  The Soviet Moon Rover becomes the first remote-controlled robot to travel on the moon's surface
    • Japan becomes the worlds "fourth space power", after the Soviet Union (1957), the United States (1958), and France (1965).
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) begins operation.
    • First Earth Day celebrated
    • Hurricane Celia makes landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas leaving 15 dead and nearly $400 million in damages.
  • News: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.
    • US Invades Cambodia
    • Chicago Seven defendants found guilty of intent to incite a riot in 1968 ( later overturned by Court of Appeal )
    • The first New York marathon is run in New York
    • After many years of court battles damages awarded to Thalidomide victims
    • US increases import duty taxes to protect American Jobs
    • 100,000 people demonstrate in Washington DC against the Vietnam War
    • The US Population reaches 205 million. The US has 85 people per sq mile
    • The US lowers the voting age to 18 from 21 when President Nixon Signs the bill into law.
    • California becomes the first US State to adopt "No Fault" Divorce law.
    • Controlled Substance Act passed part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.
    • National Guards fire on and kill 4 protesters on May 4th at Kent State University
  • Technology: The 70's were the beginning of the digital revolution, personal computing and video games.
    • The First Computer Chess Tournament takes Place
    • IBM announces the successors to the IBM System/360 family the IBM System/370 with improved multi-processor support.
  • The new Millennium has been marked by the willingness for Fundamentalists to increase the use of terrorism as a means of achieving their goals.
  • With the increase of broadband Internet connections, Voice over IP begins to gain popularity as a replacement for traditional telephone lines. Major telecommunications carriers begin converting their networks from TDM to VoIP.
    • As with all new technologies when they first appear they are expensive but as they improve and demand increases the price goes down Global Positioning System ( GPS ) is a great example of this
    • Due to the changes in technology especially in high speed Internet access a new business model for sales and distribution of Music, Television and Film is evolving.
  • In 2000 the Human Genome Project first stage was completed and and as more diseases and illnesses are mapped to specific genes great strides will be achieved in the Health Profession.
  • Due to the changes in technology the world is becoming smaller and countries that were not known for renowned for consuming the worlds resources are now expanding and will help to contribute to the continuing effect of the Earths Environment.
    • Environmental concerns by many mean more motorists are turning to greener cars in the form of Hybrid. A Greater interest in future energy development due to global warming and the potential exhaustion of crude oil.
  • As part of technology changes continued expansion of economic globalization with companies buying others around the world and it is becoming harder and harder to know which company owns what and where products are made, this is helping growth in the developing world but many countries are so happy to have the new jobs and economic boost they do not have legislation or will to ensure workers rights or environmental protections are in place
  • Avian Flu is becoming more widespread in wild bird population and is spreading to more domesticated chicken stock and more cases in humans, Many experts fear the virus will soon mutate into a strain more easily spread among humans.
  • The start of the new millennium has also marked some of the worst natural disasters in our history including
    • A major earthquake and ensuing tsunami caused devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean. As of January 2005 the death toll is estimated to be nearly 290,000,
    • A major earthquake in Kashmir killing close to 80,000
    • Hurricane Katrina striking Louisiana, U.S., killing more than 1,400 people and devastating the city New Orleans and the Mississippi coast.

1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match

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1974 Bar Code introduced

1975 Saturday Night Live first aired

1976 Apple computer created

1976 Son of Sam serial killer found

1977 NY City Blackout

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1977 Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Opens

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1979 Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown