Timeline: 1970-1974

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1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974

Timeline: Major Events of the 1960s

1970-1974

1970

  • January 1 – Nixon signs National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • February – Timothy Leary sentenced to 10 years for Texas/Mex marijuana bust
  • February 4 – Riot in Isla Vista, Calif. protesting Chicago verdicts
  • February 4 – President Nixon proposes environmental cleanup – EPA
  • February 18 – Chicago Seven acquitted of conspiracy charges
  • February 19 – Chicago Seven Trial verdict: Dellinger, Davis, Hayden, Hoffman, & Rubin found guilty of crossing state lines to incite riot
  • February 19 – Explosions in 3 office buildings in NY; and in Calif; Wash; Maryland; Mich, possibly done by the Weathermen
  • February 25 – Isla Vista, Santa Barbara Bank of America bombed
  • February 26 – U.S. Army discontinues surveillance of civilian demonstrations and files of demonstrators
  • March 6 – Three Weathermen blow themselves up in Greenwich Village, NY
  • April 1 – Cigarette advertising banned on radio and TV
  • April 7 – Referring to student unrest, Ronald Reagan, Gov. of Calif: “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.”
  • April 10 – Paul McCartney announces breakup of Beatles
  • April 22 – First Earth Day. Millions participate
  • April 30 – Nixon sends troops into Cambodia
  • May 4 – Four College Students Killed by National Guard at Kent State University, Ohio
  • May 5 – Nuclear nonproliferation treaty takes effect
  • May 8 – Construction workers attack antiwar demonstrators, Wall St., NY
  • May 9 – 100,000 attend antiwar rally, Wash. D.C.
  • May 14 – Police kill two at Jackson State during violent student demonstrations
  • June 15 – Supreme Court OKs conscientious objector status on moral grounds
  • June 18 – U.S. voting age lowered to 18, now old enough to kill and vote. (see Mar 23, 1971?)
  • June 11 – Daniel Berrigan arrested by FBI for kidnapping/bombing conspiracy
  • September 12 – Timothy Leary escapes prison (San Luis Obispo) with help from the Weather Underground, joins Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers.
  • September 18 – Jimi Hendrix dead at age 27
  • October 4 – Janis Joplin dies
  • October 13 – Angela Davis arrested on kidnapping, murder and conspiracy charges
  • December – Paul McCartney sues to dissolve Beatles.
  • December 2 – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) activated

1971

  • January 7 – DDT use outlawed by U.S. Court of Appeals
  • January 12 – Rev. Philip Berrigan and 5 others indicted for conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger and bomb federal buildings
  • January 12 – Ralph Nader forms Earth Act group
  • January 25 – Charles Manson and followers found guilty of murder
  • January 25 – Supreme Court makes first decision against sexual discrimination in hiring
  • March 1 – Bomb explodes in Capitol men’s room. Weather Underground claims responsibility “in retaliation for the Laos decision”
  • March 1 – U.S. stops licensing commercial whale hunters
  • March 8 – Supreme Court rules that objection to a particular war is not sufficient grounds for conscientious objection
  • March 23 – Congress votes to lower voting age to 18
  • March 29 – Lt. Calley convicted for My Lai massacre
  • March 29 – Charles Manson, et al sentenced to death after longest trial in Calif. history
  • April 19 – Over 1000 Veterans demonstrate against the Vietnam war in Wash D.C., throwing their medals over the Capitol fence
  • April 20 – School busing upheld to end segregation by Supreme Court
  • April 23 – Vietnam veterans return medals and ribbons in antiwar protest
  • April 24 – Over 350,000 Veterans march in Wash D.C. and SF to protest war in Vietnam
  • April 26 – 50,000 demonstrators in Washington D.C. set up “Algonquin Peace City”
  • May 3 – May Day antiwar protest, Wash. D.C.
  • May 11 – Indian occupation of Alcatraz ends after 19 months
  • June 13 – Pentagon Papers appear in NY Times
  • July 3 – Jim Morrison of The Doors dies in Paris
  • November – Nixon starts withdrawing troops from Vietnam

1972

  • January 25 – Shirley Chisholm first black woman to run for President
  • February – Life Magazine states: “Today’s high school generation is interested security, stability, & comfort.”
  • February 24 – After 16 months in prison, Angela Davis is released
  • March – Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passes Congress
  • March 22 – 13-member National Commission on Marijuana & Drug Abuse recommends legalization of marijuana
  • March 22 – Equal Rights Amendment prohibiting sex discrimination passes Senate
  • March 30 – North Vietnamese launch massive attack. Troops go south through the DMZ into South Vietnam, U.S. resumes bombing
  • April 10 – Biological Warfare Treaty signed by U.S. and 120 nations
  • April 15 – President Nixon & Canada P.M. Pierre Trudeau sign pact to clean up Great Lakes
  • May 2 – FBI director J. Edgar Hoover Dies
  • May 9 – President Nixon orders mining of North Vietnam’s ports
  • May 15 – Gov. George Wallace shot during primary campaign in Maryland
  • May 18 – Margaret Kuhn start Gray Panthers to protest discrimination against elderly
  • May 22 – Nixon makes first U.S. presidential trip to Moscow
  • May 26 – U.S. and USSR freeze nuclear weapons at current level
  • June 14 – EPA bans DDT in the USA
  • June 17 – Watergate Break-In
  • June 29 – Supreme Court rules state death penalties unconstitutional – cruel and unusual punishment
  • July – First Rainbow Gathering in Colorado
  • July 1 – Gloria Steinem launches feminist magazine, Ms.
  • July 10 – Democratic Convention nominates George McGovern for president of the United States
  • August 11 – Last U.S. military unit in Vietnam withdrawn
  • August 18 – Water Pollution Control Act passed by Congress over Nixon’s veto
  • August 21 – Republican National Convention nominates Nixon and Agnew again
  • August 23 – 1100 antiwar protest arrested outside Republican National Convention
  • August 28 – Consumer Product Safety Commision established
  • September 5 – Arabs kill Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics
  • November 13 – U.S. and 90 countries sign International Oceanic Pollution pact
  • December 18 – Full scale bombing of North Vietnam resumes

1973

  • January 27 – Vietnam ceasefire agreement signed after 58,000 US casualties, U.S. military draft ends
  • January 30 – McCord and Liddy found guilty of Watergate burglary & wiretap attempt
  • February 28 – 250 American Indians (AIM) occupy Wounded Knee
  • March 29 – Last American troops withdrawn from Vietnam
  • April 16 – US bombs Laos
  • April 30 – Nixon accepts resignation of H.R. Haldeman & John Ehrlichman & fires John Dean. Nixon denies knowledge of break-in or cover-up
  • July 20 – Senate subpoenas Watergate tapes
  • August 8 – Nixon Resigns amid Watergate scandal
  • October 10 – Spiro Agnew resigns
  • October 16 – Kissinger awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • October 23 – Nixon Impeachment begins
  • November – Congress passes “Freedom of Information” act.
  • November 7 – War Powers Act passed over Nixon’s veto – requires Congressional approval for military actions over 60 days
  • November 9 – Six Watergate defendants sentenced

1974

  • February 4 – Patty Hearst, 19, kidnapped by the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army)
  • February 12 – SLA demands that Randolph Hearst begin food distribution to poor
  • April 1 – Jane Fonda arrives in Vietnam on second visit
  • April 15 – Patricia Hearst participates in bank robbery with SLA members
  • May 17 – SLA shoot-out in LA
  • July 30 – Two articles of impeachment voted against President Nixon
  • August 9 – President Nixon resigns from the Presidency at noon
  • September 4 – Nixon pardoned by President Ford
  • September 7 – CIA operation against Chile’s Marxist Govt. disclosed
  • September 16 – President Ford announces conditional pardon for draft evaders and deserters
  • November 21 – Freedom of Information Act passed over President Ford’s veto
  • December 21 – NY Times reports on CIA illegal domestic activities during Vietnam War

Content c2004
The Sixties: A Journey Through Politics and Culture.
Web design and content by Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

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