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1. What happened in 1970? An oxygen tank on Apollo 13 exploded and forced its astronauts to abort their mission and try to make it back to Earth, Soviet novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for Literature, four protesters were killed at Kent State University, and in London a 27-year old musician from Seattle died in the Samarkand Hotel. Who was he?
2. What happened in 1971? Austrian Kurt Waldheim became Secretary General of the United Nations, Charles Manson and three of his followers were found guilty of murder, William Peter Blatty wrote "The Exorcist", and a new stock market index made its debut. Which one?
3. What happened in 1972? Eleven Israeli athletes were murdered at the Olympics in Munich, five burglars were arrested at the Watergate Hotel complex, Britain imposed direct rule on Northern Ireland, and Ceylon changed its name. What was the new country called?
4. What happened in 1973? The Miami Dolphins wrapped up the first perfect season in NFL history and beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl, a New York Criminal Court called the movie "Deep Throat" "indisputably and irredeemably obscene", Gerald Ford replaced Spiro Agnew as the American Vice-President, and Pink Floyd released an album that would stay on the charts for over fourteen years and sell 45 million copies. What's the album?
5. What happened in 1974? Patricia Hearst was kidnapped and joined the Symbionese Liberation Army, Hank Aaron set the record for lifetime home runs with 715 (he finished his career with 755), Nixon resigned as President after the Watergate cover-up, and a young novelist from Maine published his first book, about a "girl possessed of a terrifying power". Who was the novelist?
6. What happened in 1975? James Clavell wrote "Sh˘gun", Bobby Fischer gave up his world chess championship, Communist forces overran South Vietnam and captured Saigon, and George Carlin hosted the first episode of a new television program. What was the show?
7. What happened in 1976? The United States celebrated its 200th birthday, the Soviet Union won 13 gold medals at the Innsbruck Olympics, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple Computer Company, and the first outbreak of a particular disease occurred during a convention in Philadelphia. What was the disease?
8. What happened in 1977? Menachem Begin became Israel's sixth Prime Minister, rings were discovered around the planet Uranus, Elvis Presley died, and David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York. What was Berkowitz better known as?
9. What happened in 1978? A Gutenberg Bible was sold for $2 million in a New York auction, Japanese explorer Naomi Uemura became the first person to reach the North Pole solo, the comic strip "Garfield" made its premiere, and a baseball player who would later set the all-time record reached 3,000 base hits. Who was he?
10. What happened in 1979? Margaret Thatcher became the Prime Minister of Britain and the Ayatollah Khomeini became the leader of Iran, Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit (really!), Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit a Communist country when he went to Poland, and there was a partial core meltdown in an American nuclear power plant. Where was it?
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