News Headlines from the Year I was Born
1. US Troops withdrawn from Vietnam and U.S. involvement in Vietnam War ends with the signing of peace accords. Well, that’s nice news!
2. Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), announce they will restrict flow of crude oil to countries supporting Israel on October 17th causing price of oil to increase by 200%. Crazy hey? And the costs continue to soar!
3. Sydney Opera House is opened.
4. Armed members of the American Indian Movement and their supporters seize the old town of Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Wow – who knew such conflicts were so current? Clearly not me!
5. In a Tennis Match billed as the battle of the sexes Mrs Billy Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs. Whoo hoo! Go ladies!
6. The wide ranging Endangered Species Act of 1973 is signed into law to “protect species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.” Goodness. We don’t seem to have made a lot of progress with this, have we?
7. Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched. This seems really cool!
8. Watergate Hearings begin in the United States Senate and President Richard Nixon tells the nation , “I am not a crook.” How often has this quote been repeated? Enough that a child born the year it was said, knows it well.
9. Roe v. Wade makes abortion a US constitutional right. And still the controversy rages on, in and out of courts.
10. World Trade Center in New York becomes the tallest building in the world. How sad. 😦