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The Sensational 70s: 1974 - Year of Resignation
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable topics from 1974 that are covered in this program include: Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency; Gerald Ford's offer of amnesty to Vietnam-era draft dodgers; Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat's address to the United Nations General Assembly; the end of OPEC's oil embargo; economic boom in Arab states; the beginning of construction on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline; India's successful test of an atomic device -- making it the world's sixth nation to have "the bomb"; Fidel Castro and Cuba are given media attention; devotees send their children to live at the Hare Krishna School in Texas; gay rights demonstrations take place in New York City; public protests lead to less stringent marijuana laws in California; legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union and joins the American Ballet Theatre; Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in the 1930s; and the deaths of composer, bandleader, and pianist Duke Ellington and famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1975 - Year After the Fall
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable topics from 1975 include: Saigon surrenders to the Communists, and Americans in Vietnam are evacuated; the American merchant ship Mayaguez is seized by Cambodian forces, and 38 members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps die in rescue operations; Margaret Thatcher is elected head of Britain's Conservative Party; the Suez Canal is reopened; a United Nations resolution states that "Zionism is a form of racism"; Saudi Arabia's King Faisal is assassinated; two assassination attempts are made on President Gerald Ford; New York City has financial difficulties; the U.S. Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecrafts successfully link up in space; Teamster Jimmy Hoffa disappears; actor Charlie Chaplin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II; Saturday Night Live premieres, with George Carlin as host. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1970 - The Year of Protest
The Sensational '70s documentary series offers viewers a look at the best and worst moments of the decade. It presents excerpts from film and television that review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Significant happenings included in this episode are: the U.S. invasion and bombing of Cambodia; the killing of four students by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Ohio; the sentencing of five of the "The Chicago Seven," and the early days of the children's TV program Sesame Street. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1971 - Year of Disillusionment
The Sensational '70s documentary series offers viewers a look at the best and worst moments of the decade. It presents excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Highlights from this episode include: the surprise publication of the "Pentagon Papers" in the New York Times; the trial of soldiers accused of war crimes in the My Lai massacre; and increased public pressure to end U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1973 - Year of Watergate
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable topics from 1973 that are covered in this program include: The end of U.S. bombing in Cambodia and the official withdrawal of American ground troops from Vietnam; the second battle at Wounded Knee between American Indian activists and federal agents; the earthquake in Nicaragua; the Yom Kippur attack, and war between Israel and Egypt; the coup in Chile ousting Salvadore Allende and replacing him with Augusto Pinochet; expansion of Europe's Common Market; the gas crisis; the Watergate scandal and ensuing grand jury proceedings; the death of former president Lyndon B. Johnson; the death of painter Pablo Picasso; the naming of Reggie Jackson as the World Series' Most Valuable Player; rock stars, pop stars, and teen idols; and the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1976 - Year of the Bicentennial
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable topics from 1976 include: Celebrations of the U.S. bicentennial; Georgian Jimmy Carter's victory in the presidential election; the rescue by Israeli commandos of all but one of 103 Air France passengers held hostage by pro-Palestinian extremists at Uganda's Entebbe airport; riots in Johannesburg, South Africa, that forced the government towards more serious consideration of an end to apartheid; the death of Chairman Mao Zedong and the post-Mao purge in China; the death of wealthy recluse Howard Hughes; the death of crime family leader Carlo Gambino; the landing of two "Viking" spacecrafts on Mars; President Carter's appointment of black congressman Andrew Young as U.N. ambassador; a mysterious illness that strikes 180 people at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia and is called "Legionnaire's disease"; Washington secretaries wearing "I Can Type" buttons after Representative Wayne Hayes is accused of having a "secretary" on his publicly funded payroll, although she has no office skills; Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci and American decathlon champion Bruce Jenner shining at the Montreal Olympics; and Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura skiing down Mt. Everest. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1978 - Year of Moral Dilemmas
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- using excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, entertainment, and celebrities of the time. Memorable happenings from 1978 include the signing of the "Framework for Peace" accord by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin, as well as the death of Pope Paul VI. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1977 - Year of the Southern President
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable topics from 1977 include the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and peace talks between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1972 - Year of Summits
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- presenting excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science, technology, sports, and entertainment of the time. Memorable events from 1972 that are covered in this program include: President Richard Nixon's visit to China and meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong; the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) at which the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to limit antiballistic missiles; the arms race; the "Bloody Sunday" incident, at a civil rights march in Derry, Ireland, when British paratroopers opened fire and 13 people died; terrorism at the Munich Olympic games, when an Arab extremist group took Israeli athletes hostage and 16 people died; Richard Nixon's landslide victory over George McGovern in the presidential election; the death of former president Harry S. Truman; and American Bobby Fischer's victory over Boris Spassky in the world chess championship tournament. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

The Sensational 70s: 1979 - Year of Overthrow
The Sensational 70's documentary series offers viewers a look at "the best and worst" moments of the decade -- using excerpts from film and television to review the politics, significant events, developments in science and technology, sports, entertainment, and celebrities of the time. Memorable topics from 1979 include the malfunction and meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility in Pennsylvania, the U.S.S.R.'s invasion of Afghanistan, and the death of baseball player Thurman Munson. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

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