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Henry Whittemore Library 50th Anniversary: The Rest of the Universe - Timeline

The Whittemore Library through the eyes of student photographers

1970's Timineline

Rest of the World 1970s timeline

Display in the Library celebrating our first ten years. 1969-1979.

Scroll down for 1970's Timeline:

1969

Photograph of astronaut on the lunar surface, standing, facing the U.S. flag

7/20/1969 – Neil Armstrong, U.S. astronaut,  sets foot on the moon [Photograph of astronaut on the lunar surface, standing, facing the U.S. flag.] 

1969

Image of "Arpanet" sign.

11/21/1969 – the Internet, originally called the ARPANET, was born [Image of sign, “Arpanet,”.]

1969

[Photograph of protesters marching with sign, “END THE WAR IN INDOCHINA VIETNAM NOW.”

11/15/1969 – 250,000 anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. [Photograph of protesters marching with sign, “END THE WAR IN INDOCHINA VIETNAM NOW.”]

1970

Photographs of Jimi Hendrix & Janis Joplin.

Jimi Hendrix died 9/18/1970 – Janis Joplin died 10/4/1970, both at the age of 27  
[Photographs of Jimi Hendrix & Janis Joplin.]

1970

Photograph of smokestacks belching smoke into the air with the EPA symbol in the air next to it.

12/2/1970 – EPA created [Photograph of smokestacks belching smoke into the air with the EPA symbol in the air next to it.]

1970

[Sign with, “Marlboro Country,” crossed out.

January 1971 – Cigarette ads on radio and TV banned [Sign with, “Marlboro Country,” crossed out.] 

1970

[Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times banner headline, “Millions Join Earth Day    Observations Across the Nation,” with a photograph of people marching down 5th Avenue in New York City.

4/22/1970 – First Earth Day observed [Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times banner headline, “Millions Join Earth Day    Observations Across the Nation,” with a photograph of people marching down 5th Avenue in New York City.]

1971

[Photograph of Archie and Edith Bunker, their daughter Gloria, and son-in-law Michael (aka: “Meathead.”) from the sitcom "All in the Family".

January 1971 – “All in the Family” premiers on CBS [Photograph of Archie and Edith, and their daughter Gloria, and son-in-law,   “Meathead.”]

1971

Reproduction of the announcement from a newspaper of the ratification of the 26th Constitutional Amendment.

June / July 1971 – 26th Amendment ratified allowing 18 year olds the right to vote [Reproduction of the announcement from a newspaper.] 

1972

Photograph of Watergate Hotel complex.

February 1972 – Watergate Hotel, the Democratic National Convention Headquarters, is burglarized by 5 Republican Party operatives   (Planning by Committee to Re-Elect the President begins early 1972, actual date of break-in is 6/17/1972) [Photograph of Watergate Hotel complex.] 

1972

Astronaut driving a vehicle on the lunar surface.

December 1972 – Last manned flight to the moon on Apollo 17th [Astronaut driving a vehicle on the lunar surface.]    

1972

Photograph of Chinese leader Mao Zedong shaking hands with President Nixon.

February 1972 – President Richard Nixon visits China, which began the normalizing of U.S. relations with China  [Photograph of Chinese leader Mao Zedong shaking hands with President Nixon.] 

1975

Police mugshots of Patty Hurst, facing front & in profile.

9/18/1975 – Fugitive Patty Hurst is captured in San Francisco, CA [Police photographs of Patty Hurst, facing front & in profile.] 

1973

Photograph of women marching with banner, “ … 1973 Our Right to an Abortion".

1/22/1973 – Roe v Wade – The Supreme Court ruling that gives women the right to have an abortion [Photograph of women marching with banner, “ 1973 Our Right to an Abortion.] 

1973

Photograph of a sign posted at a gas station next to a Volkswagon Beetle car. Sign reads: “Gas Shortage! Sales limited to 10 GALS. of GAS PER CUSTOMER".

10/13/1973 – Arab Oil Embargo – gas prices skyrocket [Photograph of a sign posted at a gas station, “Gas Shortage! Sales limited to 10 GALS. of GAS PER CUSTOMER.]

1973

1/27/1973 – Paris Peace-Accords end direct (U.S.) involvement in the Vietnam War [Photograph of diplomats at a table, one of them signing a document.] 

1974

[Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times with banner headline  “NIXON RESIGNS…”.

8/9/1974 – President Richard Nixon resigns; Vice President Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President [Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times with banner headline  “NIXON RESIGNS…”] 

1974

Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times, banner headline, “FORD GIVES PARDON TO NIXON, WHO REGRETS ‘MY MISTAKES."

9/8/1974 – President Ford pardons President Nixon [Reproduction of page 1 of the New York Times, banner headline, “FORD GIVES PARDON TO NIXON, WHO REGRETS ‘MY MISTAKES.’]

1974

Photograph of a group of actors from the 1st season of the Saturday Night Live show.

10/11/1974 – The TV show, “Saturday Night Live,” first airs on NBC [Photograph of a group of actors from the 1st season of the  show.]

1975

Photograph of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, cofounders of Microsoft.

4/4/1975 – Microsoft founded “(…with the intention of developing software for personal computers”)  [Photograph of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, cofounders.] 

1975

[Photograph of a line of evacuees lined up on a ladder, waiting to board a helicopter  parked on top of a building, the Pittman Apartments, an apartment  complex housing U.S. employees, located at 18 Gia Long Street, Saigon.

4/30/1975 – Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, forcing  the surrender of South Vietnam [Photograph of a line of evacuees lined up on a ladder, waiting to board a helicopter  parked on top of a building, the Pittman Apartments, an apartment  complex housing U.S. employees, located at 18 Gia Long Street, Saigon.] 

1976

Reproduction of the Bicentennial symbol, “American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976.”

7/4/1976 U.S. Bicentennial, the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution [Reproduction of the Bicentennial symbol, “American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976.”] 

1976

Photograph of a man in a hazmat suit spraying the front door of a house in Zaire.

8/26/76 – First known case of the EBOLA virus hits Zaire [Photograph of a man in a hazmat suit spraying the front door of a house.] 

1976

Photograph of a female Naval Academcy inductee in her uniform.

7/6/1976 First class of women inducted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland [Photograph of a female inductee in her uniform.] 

1977

Reproduction of the original Star Wars movie ad featuring the main characters of the movie

5/25/1977 – The original “Star Wars” movie was first released [Reproduction of the original ad featuring the main characters of the movie.] 

Pictures from Timeline - 1977

Photograph of Apple founders Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs sitting at a table on which sits one of their early computers.

1/3/1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated [Photograph of Steve P. Jobs and Stephen Wozniak seated by the inner works of a PC.] 

1977

Photograph of the Roots mini-series protagonist, Kunta Kinte,  with fetters on his wrists.

January 23rd to 30th 1977 – “Roots,” the mini-series premiers on ABC [Photograph of the series protagonist, Kunta Kinte with fetters on his wrists.] 

1977

Photograph of President Carter & reproduction of p.1 of the Washington Post, banner headline, “President Pardons Viet Draft Evaders.”

1/21/1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons U.S. draft dodgers [Photograph of President Carter & reproduction of p.1 of the Washington Post, banner headline, “President Pardons Viet Draft Evaders.”]

Pictures from Timeline - 1978

Photograph of the first person to send a spam e-mail. The culprit, “…a guy named Gary Thuerk.”

5/3/1978 – First Spam email sent by Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the U.S.  [Photograph of the culprit, “…a guy named Gary Thuerk.] 

Photograph of the Susan B. Anthony coin.

10/10/1978 – “Susan B Anthony Dollar Coin Act of 1978” signed into law. The dollar coin was minted in 1979.  [Photograph of the coin.] 

Photograph of a lot of people trying to dig out a lot of cars out from under a lot of snow (snow up to the roofs of still the buried cars).

February 5th to 7th 1978 – The blizzard of ’78 hits New England  [Photograph of a lot of people trying to dig out a lot of cars out from under a lot of snow (snow up to the roofs of still the buried cars).] 

Reproduction of a cartoon illustrating the  LGBT rainbow flag that first flew during in the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco.

6/25/1978 LGBT rainbow flag first flew during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade  [Reproduction of a cartoon illustrating the event, that has a big rainbow running through it.] 

1979

Photograph of three men -  Anwar al Sadat, Menachem Begin & Jimmy Carter - smiling while holding hands during the signing of the peace treaty.

3/26/1979 – Anwar al Sadat, Menachem Begin, & Jimmy Carter sign the Israel – Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.   [Photograph of the 3 men holding hands.] 

1979

Photograph of snow on sand dunes in the desert.

2/18/1979 Snow falls in the Sahara Desert for the first time in recorded history [Photograph of snow on sand dunes in the desert.] 

1979

Photograph of blindfolded Amrican hostages being paraded through the street in Iran.

11/4/1979 – Iran Hostage Crisis:  53 American hostages taken [Photograph of blindfolded hostages being paraded through the street.] 

1979

[Photograph of timeline: 1969 WHO proposal to eradicate small pox through 1993 Eradication certified by WHO. The last stocks of Variola (the smallpox virus) to be destroyed.

12/9/1979 – Smallpox virus is certified eradicated, the first and only disease driven to extinction [Photograph of timeline: 1959 WHO proposal to eradicate small pox through 1980 Eradication certified by WHO. The last stocks of Variola (the smallpox virus) to be destroyed. ????]

1970s Timeline

Events listed in display pictured above.

1969

7/20/1969 – Neil Armstrong, U.S. astronaut, sets foot on the moon

11/15/1969 – 250,000 anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

11/21/1969 – the Internet, originally called the ARPANET, was born

1970s

4/22/1970 – First Earth Day observed

9/18/1970 – Jimi Hendrix died 10/4/1970 – Janis Joplin died Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both die of drug overdoses at the age of 27

12/2/1970 – EPA created

1971

January 1971 – Cigarette ads on radio and TV banned

January 1971 – “All in the Family” premiers on CBS

June / July 1971 – 26th Amendment ratified allowing 18 year olds the right to vote

1972

February 1972 – Watergate Hotel, the Democratic Convention Headquarters, is burglarized by 5 Republican Party operatives

February 1972 – President Richard Nixon visits China which began the normalizing of relations with China

December 1972 – Last manned flight to the moon on Apollo 17th

1973

1/22/1973 – Roe v Wade – The Supreme Court ruling that gives women the right to have an abortion

1/29/1973 – Paris Peace-Accords end direct (U.S.) involvement in the Vietnam War

1974

8/9/1974 – President Richard Nixon resigns; Vice President Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President

9/8/1974 – President Ford pardons President Nixon

1975

4/4/1975 – Microsoft founded

4/30/1975 – Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, accepting the surrender of South Vietnam

9/18/1975 – Fugitive Patty Hurst is captured in San Francisco, CA

10/11/1974 – The TV show, “Saturday Night Live,” first airs on NBC

1976

7/4/1976 – U.S. Bicentennial, the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution

7/6/1976 – First class of women inducted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

8/26/76 – First known case of the EBOLA virus hits Zaire

1977

January 23rd to 30th 1977 – “Roots,” the mini-series premiers on ABC

1/3/1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated

1/21/1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons U.S. draft evaders

5/25/1997 – The original “Star Wars” movie was first released

1978

February 5th to 7th 1978 – The blizzard of ’78 hits New England

5/3/1978 – First Spam email sent by Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the U.S.

6/25/1978 – LGBT rainbow flag first flew during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade

10/8/1978 – “Susan B Anthony Coin Act of 1978” minted the dollar coin

1979

Snow falls in the Sahara Desert for the only time in recorded history

3/26/1979 – Anwar al Sadat, Menachem Begin, & Jimmy Carter sign the Israel – Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

11/4/1979 – Iran Hostage Crisis: 53 American hostages taken

12/9/1979 – Smallpox virus is certified eradicated, the first and only disease driven to extinction