15 Unforgettable Things From the ‘70s You Should See
October 17 would have been the 80th birthday of legendary stuntman Evel Knievel. Every kid in America knew who he was in the 1970s and marveled at his motorcycle stunts, like attempting to jump across the Snake River canyon in Idaho and his jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He also holds the Guinness World Record for having the “most bones broken in a lifetime.”
Take a look at some other unforgettable moments and things from the decade of decadence, the 1970s.
Farrah Fawcett was only on “Charlie’s Angels” for its first season, but she had a lasting impact on ’70s culture. Millions of men wanted Fawcett to be their girlfriend and millions of women coveted her feathered locks.
Oranges, Avocados, Browns
Living rooms across the country updated their looks with the latest fashion colors: oranges, avocados, and browns.
Sid and Marty Krofft
Children’s television in the ’70s would not be the same with the wild visuals of Sid and Marty Krofft. Shows like “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Land of the Lost,” and “The Bugaloos” caught the attention of millions of American kids on Saturday mornings.
Saturday Night Fever
“Saturday Night Fever,” directed by John Badham and released in 1977, marked the height of the disco revolution and made John Travolta a household name. The film was a huge commercial success and its soundtrack remains one of the best selling of all time.
Going to a disco in the ’70s meant donning your favorite pair of platform shoes to get attention on the dance floor.
Richard Nixon Meets Elvis
Certainly Nixon and Watergate were unforgettable and a defining moment of the ’70s. Yet, before that controversy cracked wide open, the King of Rock and Roll himself met with the infamous president.
Roller skating wasn’t just for kids – adults in the ’70s went to the rink to roller disco!
8-track tapes were the rage to play whatever tickled your fancy. The Columbia Record and Tape Club was one way to build your collection.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opened its gates in October of 1971 and family vacations were never the same again. At the time, admission was under five dollars per person; today, it’s well over $100 for each family member.
1976 marked the nation’s bicentennial and people across the country celebrated all year. As July 4th approached, they pulled out all the stops, as parades, fireworks, Revolutionary War reenactments occurred throughout the nation.
The nation was riveted to the Patty Hearst story in 1974. It began with her February kidnapping from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by a group named the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).
In April 1974, she was seen on surveillance video robbing a bank and was involved in other crimes with the SLA. By 1975, she was arrested and convicted for the bank robbery and sentenced to seven years in jail.
Gas crisis of 1979
In 1979, America suffered a shortage of gasoline due to the decreased oil output in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. This caused widespread panic about potential gas shortages and lines at the gas pumps across the country.
The Pet Rock
Marketed as a “live pet,” the pet rock was a massive fad for a brief time in 1975.
After a ban on the Concorde flying into the United States was lifted, the Concorde began regular flights between the European capitals of London and Paris and New York City’s JFK Airport. The supersonic plane was associated with a glamorous and rich lifestyle.
New York’s Studio 54 rode the disco wave and was the place to be seen for celebrities, artists, and everyone else. Known for its over-the-top parties and celeb sightings, the discotheque became synonymous with the era’s music and decadence.