The backlash to Anita Bryant and her brand of anti-gay intolerance saw San Francisco, California defeat the Briggs Initiative to outlaw gay teachers and the election of openly gay County Supervisor Harvey Milk. Giving equality to gays was too much for Supervisor Dan White who assassinated Milk and and Mayor George Moscone. Dianne Feinstein replaced Moscone to become California's first woman mayor where she served for 10 more years. Harvey Milk George Moscone In Memory
Serial killer Ted Bundy was arrested in Pensacola, Florida. He admitted to killing 30 women before he was executed in 1989. Ted Bundy Story.
Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his lawyer Gene Reeves were victims of a sniper outside a courtroom in Lawrenceville, Georgia. White supremacist Joseph Paul Franklin later confessed from prison for another crime that he did it because he was outraged by an interracial photo shoot in Hustler magazine. Larry Flint has been paralyzed from the waist down since. Larry Flint vs Joseph Franklin
Women's Suffrage was honored with minting of the Susan B. Anthony dollar. It became exceedingly unpopular as it was too close in size to a quarter and the hendecagon edge which was to help differentiate it was fake. The massive surplus at the mint finally dissipated with technology as they were clinked our in change machines. It was considered another failure of President Carter. Susan B. Anthony dollar
Physics - Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa, Arno Allan Penzias, Robert Woodrow Wilson Chemistry - Peter D. Mitchell Medicine - Werner Arber, Daniel Nathans, Hamilton O. Smith Literature - Isaac Bashevis Singer Peace - Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin Economics - Herbert Simon
"The People's Republic of China, separated so long from the outer world by an instinctive xenophobia and an admixture of reclusive Maoism, in 1978 began its Great Leap Outward, or what Peking's propagandists call the New Long March. The Chinese, their primitive economy threadbare and their morale exhausted by the years of Mao Tse-tung's disastrous Cultural Revolution, hope to have arrived by the year 2000 at a state of relative modernity, and become a world economic and military power.
" Read the cover story from 1978
The World 1978
The Year of Three Popes - With the demise of Pope Paul VI after a long sickness, Pope John Paul I called the "Smiling Pope" was elected and passed away in his sleep 30 days later. The College of Cardinals named Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II known as the Polish Pope. The Three Popes of 1978
President Jimmy Carter brokers and signs the Camp David Accords with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt's Anwar Sadat who both received the Nobel Peace Prize. In effect the accords removed Egypt from the fray in the Middle East. The Camp David Accords.
Guyana Massacre Newsreel
Cult leader Jim Jones moved the legally challenged Peoples Temple cult from San Francisco to Jonestown, Guyana. When Congressman Leo J. Ryan visited he was assassinated causing Jones to call for mass suicide by Kool Aid laced with cyanide of 918 of his followers including 270 children. The Peoples Temple.
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The idea behind this project is to present the Seventies in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.
Unlike most Seventies websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Seventies including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.
Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.
We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Seventies Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.
These websites are safe for Middle school and above.
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Seventies Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Sixties Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.