1970s

1970

January 01 - In Australia, Bob Hawke becomes ACTU president. 01 - The age of majority in Britain is reduced from 21 to 18. 01 - Jimi Hendrix debuts the Band of Gypsys at Fillmore East. The show is recorded for release. 02 - The FA suspends Manchester United star George Best for a month(...)

1971

January 02 - 66 Football fans are killed when a barrier collapses at Ibrox Park in Glasgow following a match between old firm rivals Celtic and Rangers. A few seconds before the end of the match, as fans were already leaving, an equalising goal was scored. The fans surged back into the ground crushing the(...)

1972

January 01 - French singer Maurice Chevalier dies (b. 1888) in Paris. He is 83. 03 - An IRA bomb injures 55 women and children when it explodes in a Belfast department store. 04 - Rose Heilbron is the first woman to sit as a judge at the Old Bailey in London. 05 - President(...)

1973

January 01 - Britain, Denmark and Ireland join the Common Market. 04 - 400 children attack British troops in Londonderry. 07 - Hitler's car is sold for $153,000 at an Arizona auction. 09 - Southern Rhodesia closes its border with Zambia after terrorist attacks. 12 - Yassir Arafat is re-elected as PLO leader. 13 -(...)

1974

January 01 - Golda Meir wins Israeli election. 01 - 38 Italians die when an Italia Airlines Fokker Friendship crashes near Turin. There are four survivors. 02 - US legislation for a national speed limit of 55 mph is signed to save America 200,000 barrels of oil each day. 02 - 18 British museums begin(...)

1975

January 01 - The Watergate criminal trial ends. Aides of former President Nixon (John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, Robert Mardian and John D. Ehrlichman) are found guilty of trying to cover-up. 01 - The University of Wollongong (in Australia) is established. 02 - An American federal judge rules that John Lennon's lawyers may have access(...)

1976

January 02 - 22 die as hurricane winds rock Britain. 05 - The Khmer Rouge drafts a new constitution in Cambodia, renaming it Democratic Kampuchea. 05 - Former Beatles road manager Mal Evans is shot dead by Los Angeles police investigating a domestic dispute. 06 - Following 15 sectarian murders within a week in Northern Ireland, the British government(...)

1977

January 01 - Groucho Marx dies in Los Angeles. 02 - Legendary jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner dies. 06 - "Charter 77" launched in Czechoslovakia calling for restoration of human rights. 06 - EMI sacks The Sex Pistols for "inexplicable behaviour". They are allowed to keep their £40,000 advance. 07 - Australian media mogul(...)

1978

January 01 - An Air India Jumbo explodes killing 213. 03 - Indira Gandhi expelled from India's Congress Party. 05 - The Sex Pistols make their US concert debut with a gig in Atlanta, Georgia. 10 - The USSR launches Soyuz 27 with Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Oleg Makarov aboard. The craft docks at a second(...)

1979

January 01 - USA and China establish diplomatic relations. 04 - Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of dead and injured in Kent State University shootings. 04 - Influential jazz musician Charles Mingus, dies from a heart attack in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Aged 56. 04 - Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel chain, dies(...)

70s Speak

Life magazine in December 1979 as part of a review of the decade. ADIDAS Brand-name graffiti appearing primarily on running shoes, including a pair that glows in the dark. AGEISM Discrimination against the elderly for being old. AIR SUPPORT "It's not bombing - it's air support" - U.S. Air Force colonel in Phnom Penh. See(...)

Cost of Living in Australia in 1977

Average Weekly Wage (male): $149.93 Average Weekly Wage (female): $138.71 3-seater sofa and 2 x leather-look armchairs: $259.00 Chrome and Glass Coffee Table (Square): $29.00 62cm Colour TV: $779.00 4-piece stereo system: $599.00 2-door fridge: $499 Electric frypan: $39.95 Toaster: $19.95 No 14 Chicken: $1.79 Bananas: o.33 per kg 100g jar of coffee: $1.12 Sausages: 0.72(...)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Harold Melvin formed the Blue Notes in 1954. Recording for a variety of labels, they had minor R&B hits during the next decade. In 1971, the outfit - now renamed Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - signed with the nascent Philadelphia International label, led by innovative producers/songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. With drummer(...)