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Timeline:  1971-1975


  • September -- New York state troopers storm and retake Attica Prison; 10 hostages and 30 convicts die.
  • October -- The United Nations recognizes the Beijing-based Communist government as the legitimate government of China.
  • November -- Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachutes out of a 727 with $200,000 and is never heard from again.
  • December -- The United Nations chooses Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General.


  • February -- Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. President to visit China.
  • April -- Intel introduces the 8008 chip, the first commercial 8-bit microprocessor.  It runs at 200 KHz and accesses 16KB of memory.
  • May -- Presidential candidate George Wallace is shot while campaigning in Maryland.
  • June -- Five burglars are arrested after breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.
  • November -- Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew win re-election over George McGovern and R. Sargent Shriver.


  • January -- The U.S. and North Vietnam agree to a ceasefire.
  • February -- North Vietnam hands over the first U.S. prisoners of war.
  • March -- The U.S. withdraws all of its troops from Vietnam.
  • April -- Beatles retrospective albums -- The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 -- are released.
  • May -- The Senate Watergate hearings begin.
  • June -- Secretariat becomes the first horse since 1948 to win the Triple Crown.
  • July -- The White House admits that virtually all Oval Office meetings have been taped.
  • August -- Henry Kissinger is named U.S. Secretary of State.
  • September -- The Williams school year begins with John Chandler as President, replacing John Sawyer who went on to become President of the Mellon Foundation.
  • October -- U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns.  His daughter Kim, a freshman at Williams, throws a party to celebrate.
  • December -- Confirmed by the Senate, Gerald Ford becomes the first unelected Vice President of the U.S.


  • February -- The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) abducts publishing heiress Patty Hearst, a prep school classmate of Carol Caton '75 and Cathy Plough Gale '75.
  • March -- OPEC ends its oil embargo against the United States.
  • April -- Henry "Hank" Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs.
  • July -- Turkey invades Cypress.
  • August -- Gerald Ford becomes U.S. President following the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
  • September -- The United States establishes diplomatic relations with East Germany.
  • October -- U.S. President Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon.
  • December -- Nelson Rockefeller becomes the second unelected U.S. Vice President.


  • January -- Watergate figures John Dean, Herbert Kalmbach, and Jeb Stuart Magruder (Williams '58) are released from prison.
  • February -- Margaret Thatcher is elected head of the Conservative Party in the U.K.
  • April -- South Vietnam surrenders to North Vietnam, ending the Vietnam War.
  • May -- Paul Allen joins MITS, the company that created the Altair personal computer, as software director.  In July, Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Micro-Soft, initially based in Albuquerque, NM.
  • June -- Egypt reopens the Suez Canal, which had been closed since the end of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Source:  www.super70s.com and other Web sites.


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