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Timeline / 1970-1992

1970
Edward Heath becomes prime minister

Floods in Pakistan kill 500,000

4 dead at Kent State (Ohio) war protest

First Earth Day

The Beatles break up

Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces

Arthur Hiller's Love Story


1971
Decimal coinage becomes official UK currency

Masterpiece Theatre premieres on PBS

Civil war between East + West Pakistan

London Bridge moved to USA

Jim Morrison dies at 27

Spinal Tap's Nerve Damage

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange


1972
Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland

Palestinian terrorists kill 11 at Munich Olympics

Pocket calculators introduced

Grammy Awards: Carly Simon Best New Artist

Ms. magazine launches

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust


1973
Watergate hearings begin

Chilean president Salvador Allende killed

J. R.R. Tolkien dies at 81

Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris

George Lucas's American Graffiti

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon


1974
Patty Hearst kidnapped

Patti Smith releases first punk rock single, Hey Joe

Nixon resigns

India detonates nuclear device

Britain's National Health Service offers free family planning

Streaking

Coppola's Godfather II

The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort


1975
Zadie Smith born

Cambodia falls to Khmer Rouge

Vietnam War ends

Birmingham pub bombings by IRA

Microsoft co-founded by Bill Gates, age 19

Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon

ITV's Benny Hill


1976
June: Britain swelters in heat wave

Alex Haley's Roots


1977
Disco inferno!

Elvis Presley dies at 42

Steve Biko murdered while in police custody

Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Sex Pistols release Anarchy in the UK

Indira Gandhi resigns as Indian Premier

Cyclone kills 10,000 in India

George Lucas's Star Wars

Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind


1978
First test-tube baby, Louise Brown, born in Britain

Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected pope as John Paul II

Dominica gains independence from Britain

Top British TV: Sale of the Century


1979
Three Mile Island accident

Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Britain

Louis Earl Mountbatten murdered by IRA terrorists

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Top British TV: To The Manor Born


1980
British Airways is privatized

British SAS soldiers storm Iranian embassy in London and kill all but one terrorist

John Lennon shot dead in New York

John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday

Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl


1981
MTV goes on the air

Belize gains independence from Britain

IRA inmates begin a hunger strike. Bobby Sands dies on 5 May

Brixton and Toxteth riots

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer

In London, Cats premieres

David Putnam's Chariots of Fire


1982
Britain's Channel 4 launches

The Falklands War

Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract

Speilberg's ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Attenborough's Gandhi


1983
First US cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common airbase in Britain

Apple introduces computer mouse

Britain introduces the pound coin

Bill Forsyth's Local Hero

Lewis Gilbert's Educating Rita


1984
Famine in Ethiopia

Bob Geldof's Band Aid releases Do They Know It's Christmas?

Live Aid concerts

Brunei becomes independent of Britain

Miners' strike in Britain

Indian Army invades Sikh Golden Temple of Amritsar; 300 die in the attack

Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated

Deadly gas leaks kill 2000, injure 200,000 in Bhopal, India

James Cameron's Terminator

Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields


1985
Mikhail Gorbachev calls for 'glasnost' and 'perestroika'

British Antarctic Survey discovers hole in the ozone layer

Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette

Terry Gilliam's Brazil

James Ivory's A Room with a View


1986
US space shuttle Challenger explodes on take-off

Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the Soviet Union

Iran-Contra scandal

Petshop Boys first hit West End Girls

Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis


1987
London-based labels coin the term world music Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut

'Great Storm' -- the worst in three centuries -- blasts over southeast Britain.

U2 releases The Joshua Tree

Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I

John Boorman's Hope and Glory


1988
George Bush wins presidency in a landslide over Michael Dukakis.

Terrorist bomb planted in Pan-Am flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270

Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time

Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses

A Fish Called Wanda


1989
Lech Walesa and Solidarity win in Poland

Hundreds of Chinese pro-democracy demonstrators massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square

The Berlin Wall falls

I M Pei designs glass pyramid at the Louvre

Uprising in East Pakistan and Kashmir; India sends troops

Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou

Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot


1990
Nelson Mandela released from prison after 27 years

In Britain, Trafalgar Square anti-poll tax demonstration ends in rioting and looting

Mary Robinson inaugurated first woman president of Ireland

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or 'mad cow disease.'

Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet


1991
US-led coalition launches Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation

Soviet Union ceases to exist

Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS

Alan Parker's The Commitments

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit


1992
Bill Clinton wins US presidential election against George Bush

Riots in Los Angeles

Margaret Thatcher resigns as prime minister

Neil Jordan's The Crying Game

Spielberg's Jurassic Park


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