1970’s research

1970’s: Tories won the general election and Edward Heath became the new Prime Minister. It’s debated whether he actually won through popularity as rather the country turned against Labour candidate Harold Wilson, rather than turning to Edward Heath.

On the 6th of February the first British soldier was killed in Northern Irelands ‘troubles’. Sent to Northern Ireland in what was called a ‘limited operation’ to restore law and order, Robert Curtis was killed whilst on foot patrol in Northern Belfast by a member of the self proclaimed Irish Republican Army, known to you and I as the IRA.

15th of February the old sterling currency known as pounds, shillings and pence were phased out over an 18th month period and were replaced by decimal pounds and pennies. The declimilisation of the pound came from an increase in inflation.

In 1971, women were banned from going into Wimpy Bars on their own after midnight, on the grounds that the only women out on their own at that hour must be prostitutes. A little bizarre, that a woman can be out at night and not want attention from a male, I know.

October 1971: Disney World opened. There was a single theme park, Magic Kingdom, and it actually took two tickets for guests to get in. One ticket allowed for use of the transportation system and the other allowed entrance to Magic Kingdom.

In 1972 Ugandan leader, Idi Amin,  set a deadline for the expulsion of most of the country’s Asian population. General Amin said all Asians who are not Ugandan citizens, around 60,000, must leave Uganda within 90 days.

1972: ‘Napalm Girl’ became a world renown pictured that depicted the affects of the Vietnamese war.

In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.

The first tenants moved into the North Tower on the 15th of December, 1970. The South Tower accepted tenants in January 1972. The ribbon cutting ceremony was on the 4th of April, 1973.

In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign.

After 20 years of war and conflict, the Vietnam war came to a close in 1975. President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973 then in 1975 communist forces seized control of Saigon, ending the Vietnam War.

By spring of 1975 unemployment in Great Britain had climbed to 1 million – over 5% of the total workforce.

1976 the Concorde entered service and continued flying for the next 27 years.

The end of the 70’s was a lot more dire than one could imagine when the Conservatives win the general election and Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister, how unfortunate.

Big movements in the 1970’s: Feminism. During the 70’s Feminism was at it’s peak, there were many Acts of Parliament and developments upon women rights due to the pressure that the feminism movement pushed. For example, during the 1970’s contraception was provided through the NHS, the equal pay act was introduced as was the Sex Discrimination Act, the first Rape Crisis Centre opened in London and the first woman Prime Minister was introduced. This was reflected in the Feminist art movement, where women would look at how the world was dominated by men and what it was like to be a woman.

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