Key Laws and Supreme Court Decisions
In 1973, the Supreme Court case of Roe vs. Wade came to an end. The case was over abortion and its legality. The Supreme Court decided that it was in fact legal. Another Supreme Court case was the United States vs. Nixon in 1974. This case was brought up when back in 1972 five burglars were caught breaking into the Democratic national Headquarter, and were found to be working for Nixon, who was President at the time. The Courts decision was that Nixon would be forced to release the full recording of the incriminating tapes.
The picture to the right shows the first cell phone, which came out in 1979.
The major toys of the 70's were hot wheels and the Malibu Barbie.
The top movies were Rocky, Jaws, Annie Hall, Star Wars, Grease, The Deer Hunter, and Saturday Night Fever.
The Vietnam War was a struggle to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government. The U.S was involved and till President Nixon withdrew troop in 1973, due to the great opposition to the war.
The Yom Kippur War started in October 1973 when Egypt and Syria attacked an Israeli position in the territory of Yom Kippur on a holy day. The Yom Kippur War lead to the Energy Crisis back in the States. president Nixon supported Israel and an embargo on oil shipments to the U.S from Syria and Egypt. This cause the price of oil to jump from $3 a barrel to $12 per barrel, and the U.S tried to conserve oil. Even when the embargo was lifted on March of 1974, oil prices remained high. The national Speed Limit was put into place and Daylights Savings Time was adopted year round in 1974 and 1975. From this war the U.S became more self sufficient about oil and resources.
There was also the Cod Wars which was between the United Kingdom and Iceland over fishing rights.
Grease was one of the top movies from the 1970's.
In 1973, President Nixon made the decisions to withdrawal troops from Vietnam.
Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in the 1972 Summer Olympics in swimming.
Standard of Living
Lifestyle and Fashion
Some of the fashion during the 70's included bell-bottoms, earth shoes, and clogs. Eyeglasses and knits and denims were also popular. The style of the 70's was influenced a lot by movies.
Items such as pet rocks, mood rings, lava lamps, smiley faces and the Rubik's cube became very big.
Bell-bottoms were popular during the 70's.
Earth Shoes were part of the style in this decade.
Pet Rocks were a fad of the 1970's.
John Travolta was a famous actor from the 70's.
Jimmy Carter was the last President of the 1970's.
Mother Teresa was famous for helping those who were in need.