The show was viewed by more than half of the U. The "Star Wars" franchise is still one of most lucrative and popular film series around today. Son of Sam — Serial Killer David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, was arrested on August 10,after a series of shootings and murders that police believe began in the summer of Berkowitz was convicted of killing six people and wounding seven during his crime spree, which garnered large amounts of press coverage.
He was known for targeting young women and sending cryptic, antagonizing letters to the New York police. Apple plants the seed for the digital revolution — InApple Computers introduced the Apple II, which became one the first successful home computers. Along with Bill Gates' Microsoft, which was founded inApple helped ignite the digital age we live in today. New York City goes dark — In the middle of the summer ofNew York City experienced a power outage The Age Of Terrorism - Cropment - Spiral Of Violence (CD caused much of the city to go dark.
The blackout lasted two days, from July As the city was in the midst of a financial crisis and the terror of the Son of Sam loomed over residents, many took to the streets and began looting.
Police reported that looting in some areas of the city continued well into the daylight hours, and thousands of people were arrested. He was still touring and recording throughout the s, but his unexpected death sealed his legacy as one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century.
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What some believed at the time to be a fad has now turned into a Album) industry. Jackson had a. Catapulted by a soundtrack containing five No. The soundtrack stayed on top of the album charts for six months, and Album) earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. A test tube produces life — Louise Brown became the world's first test-tube baby on July 25, Robert Edwards, left, and Patrick Steptoe, right, pioneered the process of in vitro fertilization, which injects a single sperm into a mature egg and then transfers the egg into the uterus of the woman.
InEdwards won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the development of in vitro fertilization, which has helped families conceive more than 5 million babies around the world.
After 12 days of secret meetings, the two sides agreed upon a step toward peace. President Jimmy Carter, center, personally led the lengthy negotiations and discussions between the two parties. He made his first public appearance on October 16,at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, and before his death in he was beloved for his commitment to human rights around the world. More than members of the cult, led by the Rev. Jim Jones, died from cyanide poisoning; it was the largest mass-suicide in modern history.
Assassination of Harvey Milk — InHarvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay person to be elected to a public office. Milk started his political ambitions in San Francisco in the early '70s, but he did not hold an office until he was appointed to the Board of Permit Appeals in by Mayor George Moscone.
Milk's career was tragically cut short on November 27,when he and Moscone were assassinated. Music goes mobile — The sound barrier is broken once again in the '70s, but this time at walking speed. Sony introduces the Walkman, the first commercially successful "personal stereo. The product was an instant hit.
The Walkman was a mark of coolness among consumers, setting a standard for future generations of personal devices like the Apple iPod. Magic vs. Bird — The national championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State still ranks as the most-watched college basketball game of all time, thanks to two up-and-coming superstars: Michigan State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson, bottom, and Indiana State's Larry Bird.
Within days of the accident,people evacuated their homes within a mile radius of the plant. The accident brought widespread attention to reactor safety and large protests from anti-nuclear groups. Cleanup from the accident began in August and was not completed until December As leader of the Conservative Party, Thatcher served three terms as Prime Minister, holding the office until That made her the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century.
Deadliest day in U. All people on board the plane -- and two people on the ground -- were killed, making it the worst aviation accident ever on U. The first treaty was signed inand the second one was signed in An 'American Hustle' — Scandals shaped a large part of the '70s political atmosphere, and the decade ended on a big one.
During a two-year investigation, the FBI set up a sting operation dubbed "Abscam," videotaping politicians accepting bribes from a phony Arabian company in return for favors. The sting resulted in the conviction of six U. The operation was the inspiration for David O. Russell's film "American Hustle. From Boy Scout to murderer — Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers of all-time, stands trial in June for two of his many murders. Bundy received three death sentences for murders he committed in Florida, and he was executed on January 24, Bundy confessed to 30 murders before his death, but officials believe that number could be higher.
Embassy in Tehran, Iran. All female and African-American hostages were freed, but President Carter could not secure the other 52 hostages' freedom.
They were finally released after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President days later. Many feel the Iran hostage crisis cost Carter a second term. Her foundation in Kolkata, India, "The Missionaries of Charity," took care of orphans, the sick and elderly. Inshe was beatified. These weren't the acts of ISIS-inspired terrorists in recent times, but of terrorists in America during the s.
Peter Bergen. Many Americans today are clearly convinced they are gravely threatened by terrorists. Consider that terrorism in the United States was then a quite common feature of life: There were literally hundreds of terrorist bombings, shootings and hijackings in States during the s. More Videos During the decade of the s terrorists killed people in the States and injured more than others.
Read More. Between and nationalist and ethnic terrorists, religious zealots, and anti-war Album) frequently attacked American targets. Terrorist attacks typically consisted of bombings of civilian targets in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington that were also interspersed with shooting sprees aimed at the police.
The Weather Underground, an anti-war organization that targeted the Pentagon, the U. Capitol and banks, claimed credit for 25 bombings in alone but could have been responsible for upward of 45, according to the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Database. On February 4, Album),year-old publishing heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the leftist revolutionary terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army, which demanded a vast ransom.
In a famous case of Stockholm Syndrome, Hearst would later join the Symbionese Liberation Army, emerging with a new revolutionary persona as "Tania. The United States also saw a wave of religious terrorism during the s.
The Jewish Defense League, a right-wing religious organization, launched 44 bombings and assaults during the decade, half of which targeted perceived anti-Semitic targets in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. During the decade, ethnic and nationalist terrorist groups were frequent perpetrators of violent attacks in the States. The Black Panthers carried out 24 bombings, assaults and hijackings. Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, a Puerto Rican separatist group, was responsible for 82 bombings, mostly in New York and Chicago and almost all of which targeted civilians.
The U. Department of Transportation found that between and there were domestic plane hijackings. While those numbers didn't differentiate between simple criminal hijackings and those committed for political purposes, hijackings were quite common during the s, but since then they have virtually disappeared. A watershed moment for American aviation security was the November 10,hijacking of a Southern Airways flight in Birmingham, Alabama, with 34 people on board. For 30 hours, the three hijackers forced the plane to travel to Cleveland, Detroit, Lexington, Kentucky, Toronto, and ultimately to Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers were arrested by Cuban authorities.
As a result of this incident, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered in December that within a month all passengers be screened with metal detectors, all carry-on luggage be inspected, and armed guards be posted at boarding checkpoints.
The other September 11th Three years later, LaGuardia airport was targeted by terrorists. Investigators believe 25 sticks of dynamite were placed inside a locker near the TWA baggage claim, blasting shrapnel across the area, killing 11 and injuring At the time of the explosion, passengers from two incoming flights happened to have already cleared the area, leaving mostly airport employees as the victims.
Although the bombing was never solved, Croatian nationalists -- who were responsible for three hijackings in the States in the '70s -- were the suspected culprits. The West writ large did not fare much better from terrorism than the United States during the s. Terrorists in Europe frequently attacked embassies, trains, airports and cafes and an entire OPEC meeting was taken hostage including 11 oil ministers in Vienna, Austria.
That incident ended after the plane provided to the terrorists landed in Algiers and the 63 hostages were released and their leader, Carlos the Jackal, escaped. Most infamously, Palestinian terrorists kidnapped and killed a group of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, an event that was covered live by most of the world's TV networks that were gathered in Munich to cover the games. Why were the s the Golden Age of terror? A number of factors were influential: Opposition to the Vietnam War spawned violent leftist groups such as the Weather Underground.
In the heady political atmosphere of the late '60s other violent revolutionary groups also arose, such as the Black Panthers.
He was not acting as part of any campaign, so he was just a disturbed guy doing bad things. Violence, not terrorism. There was no group, no campaign, and no organization.
That makes it violence and not terrorism to me. Similar to Islamic terror, the IRA was clearly terrorism because it was unified behind a single group and a movement that encouraged the same kind of violence in support of that set of ideas. Summary Violence and terrorism have similar destructive force. Notes Violence can often cause just as much or more harm than terrorism. Mental health, for example, is arguably causing way more bloodshed than terror.
Racism is obviously real, and it can clearly lead to failure to see activities performed by in-groups to be judged less harshly than those of out-groups whatever the perspective is. The point here is that you have to start with clean definitions before you can look for this type of bias. My issue with that sort of broad scope is that it would include just about every type of violence. Disgruntled office workers, divorces gone wrong, etc. There are many cases where a perpetrator might be trying to make a larger point through their actions, and could therefore be interpreted as terrorism.
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