1970s

The Isdal Woman: The Coldest Case Of The Cold War

August 3, 2021

Isdalen, where the woman was discovered. (Reinhardheydt/Wikimedia Commons) On the sunny afternoon of November 29, 1970, a young Norwegian family was out on a hike when...

Houston, We Have A Problem: The True Story Of Apollo 13

July 3, 2021

The Apollo 13 mission was supposed to be NASA's third lunar landing, but it was plagued with misfortune from the very beginning. In fact, the crew that wound up...

Beautiful Stars Of The 70s And How They’re Looking 50 Years Later

May 27, 2021

The '70s was a magical decade for beauty and glamor, and the female stars who emerged have an allure we'll never recapture. We saw women taking charge as...

1970: Cigarette Advertising Is Banned By Congress

April 1, 2021

Lillian Eggers, television queen of 1940, advertising for cigarettes in Philadelphia. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) It's no joke. Until 1971, tobac...

China Ends Their One-Child Policy In 2015 After 35 Years

March 29, 2021

A child hugs a red lantern in China. (Zhang Yin/China News Service via Getty Images) In the late 1970s, China was a mess. The population was growing out of cont...

1977: The Worst Accident In Civil Aviation History Where Two 747s Collided

March 27, 2021

Wreckage on the runway of Los Rodeos after the Tenerife airport disaster of March 27, 1977. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) On March 27, 19...

Christine Chubbuck: Her Live TV Suicide And Everything That Led Up To It

January 25, 2021

WVIZ, WTOG, and WXLT-TV reporter Christine Chubbuck in 1974, two weeks before her death. (John Cloud/Wikimedia Commons) It was an sunny summer d...

Robert Hansen- The Serial Killer Who Hunted His Victims For Sport

September 24, 2020

(Alaskan Police Department/Wikimedia Commons) Between 1971 and 1983, Alaskan baker Robert Hansen killed at least 17 women. Although he was only convict...

Disco Demolition Night: Racist And Homophobic Or Just Rock Fans Having Fun?

July 13, 2020

Many lovers of music will tell you that disco died on July 12, 1979. It was murdered by an overzealous shock jock, a brilliant promoter, and...

Assata Shakur: Black Panther, Black Liberation Army Member, Bank Robber, Badass

July 10, 2020

Tupac Shakur, the king of '90s West Coast hip-hop, had a reputation for skirting the law. Perhaps he got his rebel attitude from his god...

1979: The First Ever Missing Child Appears On A Milk Carton

May 25, 2020

May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, an occasion for various organizations like the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to raise awareness of th...

What Was The First Thing Ever Bought On The Internet? Weed, Of Course

April 20, 2020

The Internet has been a boon for commerce, but back when it was more tape and spinning reel-to-reel machines than a mysterious set of digital tube...

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: The 1972 Plane Crash That Turned Survivors Into Cannibals

December 23, 2019

Life sometimes forces extreme solutions to difficult situations. The crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 on October 13, 19...

D.B. Cooper Hijacked A Plane, Jumped Into A Storm Without A Parachute, And Started A Trend

November 24, 2019

There are few modern American mysteries that are as arresting as the identity of D.B. Cooper, the man who skyjacked a Boeing jet ...

Edward Paisnel: A Masked Sex Offender Known As 'The Beast Of Jersey'

November 9, 2019

When you live in an isolated area, you have to find your own ways to entertain yourself. You could go with something harmlessly mild, like erecting...

Sex Pistols: Stories, Legends, And Anarchy

November 6, 2019

Their playing may have been questionable, and they may have only recorded one real album, but there was no one more outrageous or who inspired more artists than The Sex Pistols....

The Mowing Devil: England's First Crop Circle

July 30, 2019

In the 1970s, strange geometric shapes began to pop up overnight in some of the wheat fields of rural England. The designs, at first, were simple circles, giving rise to ...

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