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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...

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,...

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...

1973

January 01 - Britain, Denmark and Ireland join the European Economic Community (the "Common Market") bringing the total number of member states to nine. 01 - Baseball star Roberto Clemente is killed in a light plane crash...

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...

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...

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...

1977

January 01 - Groucho Marx dies in Los Angeles. 02 - Legendary jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner dies. 03 - Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces he is leaving Westminster to become President of the European Commission in...

1978

January 01 - An Air India Jumbo explodes killing 213. 03 - Indira Gandhi is expelled from India's Congress Party. 05 - The Sex Pistols make their US concert debut with a gig in Atlanta, Georgia. 10 - The...

1979

January 01 - USA and China establish diplomatic relations. 04 - Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in Kent State University shootings. 04 - Influential jazz musician Charles Mingus, dies from a...

70s Speak

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...

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...

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1950

January 01 - Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be "liberated". 03 - Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 - Britain asks the US for a stockpile of atomic bombs. 05 - President Truman rules out military aid...

1951

January 01 - Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 - First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally on the BBC Light Programme. 01 - Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 -...

1952

January 05 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 - General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 - The prototype Vickers Valiant, Britain's only long-range jet for carrying the atomic bomb, crashes. 13 - The Iranian...

1953

January 01 - The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 - Arthur 'Bomber' Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 - Hank Williams dies. 02 - The RAFs first supersonic fighters, 400 US-designed Sabres, arrive at...

1954

January 01 - Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 10 - A BOAC Comet jet airliner on its way from Singapore to London comes down into the Mediterranean about 20 minutes after taking...

1955

January 01 - The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 01 - The 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic American football game is won by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 02 - President José Antonio Remón Cantera...

1956

January 01 - Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 - USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 - Movie star Mel Gibson is born in New York. 05 - Prince Rainier III of Monaco announces his engagement to actress...