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A Summary Of The 70s

MUSIC Music has definetly evolved in the 1970's. Unfortunetly, this was the decade of the Beatles' breakup and the death of Elvis Presley. Besides that, many great hits were still produced. Such hits included "ABC" by the Jackson 5, "YMCA" by Village People, and who could forget "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas.

FASHION Fashion in the 1970's was very unique. Many styles and types were introduced, and it seemedto catch on quickly. Some of the many fashionsincludes bell bottoms, hot pants, skirts, suits, and some even dared to go butt naked. In fact,streaking was very common in the 1970's.

THE WATERGATE SCANDAL

The Watergate Scandal of 1972 was one of the biggest scandals in the history of the United States. Richard Nixon was the mastermind behind all of it and it cost him to lose his presidency and resign from office. It all started when his term as president was coming to an end. Richard Nixon was staying at the Watergate hotel before the election for what he hoped to be another term, and to make sure it was going to be another term, he pulled the old bribe trick. He had hired 5 men to catch and record phone conversations and other things of the Democratic National Committee . All would have went well if it wasn't for the five hired men's stupidity. On the morning of June 17, 1972, Frank Wills was doing his routine check ups and noticed some wire taped to the wall. He pulled it off and continued on. An hour later when he passed by again, he realized that it was reattatched. He then called the police. The 5 men Nixon hired were arrested and from there on, everything went downhill for Nixon. Eventually, this scandal led to his resignition and Gerald Ford would take over.

THE KENT STATE SHOOTINGS

The Kent State Killings is another tragedy which also helped lead to Nixon's resignition. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Gaurdsmen were on the campus of Kent State University and they were in the middle of a protest. The protest was over the invasion in Cambodia that president Nixon insisted must happened. They obviously were furious with what Nixon was doing and they thought that they should express themselves through protest. They begun their protests a couple of days earlier and things were getting out of hand. They had begun using violence such as throwing rocks, setting bonfires, and other things of that manner. So on May 2, 1970, the National Gaurd was sent to stop all of that but eventually, it got out of hand. On May 4, 1970, four students were shot and killed, nine others were injured.

THE VIETNAM WAR

The Vietnam War began in 1955 and ended in 1975. President Richard Nixon (as well as other presidents) had much to do with this event in history. North and South Vietnam had their own opinions about communism, which led to conflict and the United States decided to help. We decided to help the southern part of Vietnam because the two of us had similar thoughts on government. Over the long time span of the Vietnam War, many things happened, but one thing in particular caused the deaths of four young students. It was Nixon's decision on invading Cambodia which caused huge protests that got out of hand, and led to the deaths. That event is now known as the Kent State Shootings. The Vietnam War was eventually lost by the United States which is the reason why today, Vietnam is a communist state.


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