1. May, 1970
Neil Young of CSNY summed the Kent State tragedy up when he sang
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
2. September, 1972
During the “Munich Massacre,” 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group Black September.
3. May, 1972
Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercially available video game console was released on May 24, 1972. The gaming world would never be the same again.
4. April, 1973
The World Trade Center complex opened on April 4, 1973. The twin towers were the tallest structures in the world until the Sears Tower was built in Chicago later that year.
5. August, 1974
After the Watergate scandal, Nixon resigns.
6. May, 1977
Produced with a budget of (only!) $11 million and released, the original Star Wars film earned $460 million in the United States and $337 million overseas, surpassing Jaws as the highest-grossing film of all time.
7. December, 1977
Saturday Night Fever epitomized the height of the disco craze and the night-club fashions of the times.
8. December, 1978
More than 10% of the Iranian people marched in anti-shah demonstrations on December 10 and 11, 1978.
9. March, 1979
Three Mile Island was the worst accident in U.S. nuclear power plant history as the partial meltdown released small amounts of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment.
10. May, 1979
When American Airlines Flight 191 crashed after taking off from O’Hare, all 258 passengers and 13 crew on board were killed, along with two people on the ground. Until 9/11, it was the deadliest air disaster in U.S. history.
11. June, 1979
During the Oil Crisis over the summer of ‘79, cars with a license plate ending in an odd number were only allowed to buy gasoline on odd-numbered days, while even-numbered plate-holders could only purchase gasoline on even-numbered days.