Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
- The Honda Civic is imported to the U.S. for the first time.
- President Nixon signs a bill authorizing a $5.5 billion, 6-year program, to develop a Space Shuttle craft.
- The U.S. Surgeon General reported that cigarettes are severely harmful to health.
- President Nixon arrives in Beijing and meets with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, ending U.S. hostility toward the People’s Republic of China.
- U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate George Wallace is shot and paralyzed in Maryland.
- U.S. police arrest five men planting electronic bugs at the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C.
- The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision in Furman vs. Georgia that the death penalty in the United States is considered “cruel and unusual punishment” and is unconstitutional.
- Ms. Magazine begins publication in July, with former Look editor, Patricia Carbine, as publisher, and feminist Gloria Steinem as editor.
- Last U.S. ground troops are withdrawn from Vietnam.
- The Olympic Games at Munich are marred by the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the hands of Palestine Liberation Organization terrorists.
- Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of their seminal arcade version of PONG, the first game to achieve commercial success.
- British inventor Clive Sinclair launches his pocket calculator, the first to be widely available.
- Magnavox develops “Odyssey,” the first video arcade game.
Top 10 Hits
1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
2. Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
3. American Pie - Don McLean
4. Without You - Nilsson
5. The Candy Man - Sammy Davis Jr.
6. I Gotcha - Joe Tex
7. Lean on Me - Bill Withers
8. Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
9. Brand New Key - Melanie
10. Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton
Top 10 TV Shows
1. All in the Family
2. Flip Wilson Show
3. Marcus Welby, M.D.
5. ABC Movie of the Week
6. Sanford & Son
8. Funny Face
9. Adam 12
10.Mary Tyler Moore Show