1970 - 1979
1970 - 1979 Timeline
A year-by-year chronolgy of the 1970s.
The Aswan High Dam
After ten years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed on July 21, 1970. The Aswan High Dam, located on the Nile River just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan, was built to control the frequent cycles of flooding and drought within Egypt.
Kent State Shootings
On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen fired upon an already dispersed crowd of student protesters, killing four and wounding nine others.
The Jonestown Massacre
On November 18, 1978, Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, instructed his followers to commit revolutionary suicide. After an attack on a U.S. Congressman, the group drank poisoned punch. Learn more about Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and what drove these people to mass suicide.
MASH T.V. Show Premiers
The first episode of the extremely popular TV series MASH aired on CBS on September 17, 1972.
The Munich Massacre was a terrorist attack during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of the Israeli Olympic team and then took nine others hostage. The situation was ended by a huge gunfight that left five of the terrorists and all of the nine hostages dead.
Roe v. Wade
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a vote of 7 to 2 in favor of a woman's right to seek an abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Find out where and how this court case began as well as what happened when Roe v. Wade was heard by the Supreme Court.
Tangshan: The Deadliest Earthquake
At 3:42 a.m. on July 28, 1976, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the sleeping city of Tangshan, in northeastern China. The very large earthquake, striking an area where it was totally unexpected, obliterated the city of Tangshan and killed over 240,000 people - making it the deadliest earthquake of the twentieth century.
Terracotta Army Discovered in China
On March 29, 1974, three farmers stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century - the discovery of Qin Shihuangdi's ancient terracotta army.
The World's First Test-Tube Baby
On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first successful test-tube baby was born. Though the technology that made her conception possible was heralded as a triumph, it also caused many to consider the possibilities of future ill-use.