Can You Pass This 1970s History Quiz?

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The 1970s was a special time in American History. The music legends were in their heydey. The film industry made the country terrified of water and long a for a “galaxy far far away.” There was also a presidential scandal and the end of a major war. And don’t forget that invention that made viewing and recording television at home possible. Think you know everyone we just referenced? If you do, then this is the quiz for you! Go grab your bell bottoms, lace-up your platform shoes, and test your knowledge of 1970s history.

This movie changed the way people looked at going to the beach.

Retry Correct Incorrect Jaws came out in 1975 and scared a generation away from getting into the water. The film was Steven Spielberg’s first big hit and was even nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards!
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This movie changed the way people looked at going to the beach.

  • Jaws
  • Suspiria
  • The Omen
  • The Beach
0%

This controversial figure was elected as President in 1972.

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Retry Correct Incorrect In 1972 Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States for his second term. In the coming years, his legacy would be clouded with controversy. Keep playing to see if you remember why!
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This controversial figure was elected as President in 1972.

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Gerald Ford
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller
  • Richard Nixon
3%

This was the last manned mission to the moon.

Retry Correct Incorrect Apollo 17 landed on the moon in 1972. Its held a crew of three men; Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, Commander Eugene Cernan, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt.
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NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

This was the last manned mission to the moon.

  • Apollo 15
  • Apollo 17
  • Apollo 13
  • Apollo 19
5%

With the Apollo Missions over, NASA launched its first space station. What was its name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Skylab launched in 1973 as NASA’s first space station. It functioned for six years running experiments in space. In 1979 it crashed back down to Earth.
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With the Apollo Missions over, NASA launched its first space station. What was its name?

  • Discovery
  • Skylab
  • Genesis
  • Gateway
8%

The finale of this mini-series is the third highest-rated scripted telecast of all time.

Retry Correct Incorrect Roots aired in 1977 and instantly became a cultural phenomenon. The finale was watched by 36 million viewers. Overall, the miniseries was nominated for 37 Emmy Awards, winning nine.
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The finale of this mini-series is the third highest-rated scripted telecast of all time.

  • Salem’s Lot
  • I, Claudius
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Roots
10%

Voting rights were expanded with the ratifying of this Amendment.

Retry Correct Incorrect The 26th Amendment decreased the national voting age to 18, giving the younger generation a greater say in national politics. It took just three months to be ratified, the least amount of time ever for an Amendment.
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Voting rights were expanded with the ratifying of this Amendment.

  • 24th
  • 25th
  • 22nd
  • 26th
13%

This rock icon “cried Mary” for the last time in 1970, dying at 27-years-old.

Retry Correct Incorrect Just 27-years-old, Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose in 1970. He is considered one of greatest rock and roll stars of all time and, sadly, is not the only member of the “27 Club” in this quiz.
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This rock icon “cried Mary” for the last time in 1970, dying at 27-years-old.

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jim Morrison
  • Phil Lynott
  • Kurt Cobain
15%

In 1974 Babe Ruth’s home run record was broken by who?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run in 1974, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714. When he finally retired, Aaron’s home run total reached 755.
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In 1974 Babe Ruth’s home run record was broken by who?

  • Jackie Robinson
  • Frank Robinson
  • Harmon Killebrew
  • Hank Aaron
18%

President Richard Nixon enacted the “Nixon Shock,” ending this.

Retry Correct Incorrect The end of the gold standard was known as the “Nixon Shock.” The move was initially seen as a failure, and the value of American currency plummetted. Today the act is seen as a success for the floating currency market it created.
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President Richard Nixon enacted the “Nixon Shock,” ending this.

  • Loan restrictions for students
  • Interest limits on bank loans
  • Tax breaks for small businesses
  • Gold standard
20%

The U.S. Supreme Court made this ruling about the publication in New York Times vs. The United States.

Retry Correct Incorrect In 1971 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York Times in the effort to publish the Pentagon Papers. The government had placed injunctions of the publication which were ruled unconstitutional.
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The U.S. Supreme Court made this ruling about the publication in New York Times vs. The United States.

  • Was not allowed access to financial documents regarding the President it obtained.
  • Was allowed to publish the Pentagon Papers despite the President’s objection.
  • May criticize the President as an open editorial.
  • Must cease and desist its “uninformed investigation” of the President.
23%

This musician joined Hendrix in the “27 club” in 1970.

Retry Correct Incorrect Janis Joplin died on October 4, 1970, of a heroin overdose at 27-years-old. In 2004 Rolling Stone named her as the 46th greatest artist of all time. In 2008 they also named her the 28th greatest singer of all time.
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This musician joined Hendrix in the “27 club” in 1970.

  • Freddie Mercury
  • Nick Drake
  • Rudy Lewis
  • Janis Joplin
25%

In 1972, what country did Nixon visit in a historic seven-day trip?

Retry Correct Incorrect Richard Nixon visited the People’s Republic of China in 1972, marking the end of 25 years of silence between the countries. The visit helped rebuild the United States relationship with China, increasing its leverage over Russia.
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In 1972, what country did Nixon visit in a historic seven-day trip?

  • Germany
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • China
28%

In the same year, this scandal rocked the White House.

Retry Correct Incorrect The Watergate scandal rocked the nation when five men were arrested for the burglary of headquarters of the Democratic National Convention at the Watergate Hotel.
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photo credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Watergate Hotel

In the same year, this scandal rocked the White House.

  • Watergate
  • Marriot
  • Ritz
  • Hilton
30%

This document ended the United States military involvement in the Vietnam War.

Retry Correct Incorrect In 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were agreed upon by the Vietnamese and American Governments. The accords ended the United States military involvement in the war and would have ended the war, but was not ratified.
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This document ended the United States military involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • Vietnam Peace Accords
  • Vietnam Peace Treaty
  • Paris Peace Accords
  • Paris Peace Treaty
33%

Who did Gerald Ford take over the Vice Presidency from in 1973?

Retry Correct Incorrect Spiro T. Agnew resigned from his office of Vice President one year after the Watergate Scandal broke. He was forced to resign in disgrace after agreeing to a plea bargain with the Attorney General.
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photo credit: Bettman/Getty Images

Who did Gerald Ford take over the Vice Presidency from in 1973?

  • Norman Rockefeller
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Spiro T. Agnew
  • Ronald Reagan
35%

What was one effect of the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973?

Retry Correct Incorrect Because of the need to preserve gasoline, the speed limit was reduced to 55 mph. That speed was considered the most fuel efficient at a time when gasoline prices exploded.
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photo credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/GettyImages

What was one effect of the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973?

  • Gasoline prices dropped dramatically
  • The speed limit was decreased to 55 mph
  • Distance “rations” were placed on traveling
  • Daylight Savings Time started two months early
38%

Shortly after becoming President, Gerald Ford did this.

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Retry Correct Incorrect In 1974 Gerald Ford gave former President Richard Nixon a full pardon for his actions while serving. Ford claimed the pardon was, “in the best interest of the country.”
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Shortly after becoming President, Gerald Ford did this.

  • Pardoned Nixon
  • Signed the 27th Amendment
  • Increased the speed back limit to 65 mph
  • Vetoed the budget proposal, shutting down the government for weeks
40%

In 1974, the Watergate Scandal forced President Nixon to do this.

Retry Correct Incorrect President Nixon was forced to resign as President because of the Watergate Scandal. Gerald Ford took his place as the new Commander in Chief.
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In 1974, the Watergate Scandal forced President Nixon to do this.

  • Resign from his office
  • Flee the country
  • Spend 30 days in jail
  • Take a “leave of absence”
43%

What was the 1974 Super Outbreak?

Retry Correct Incorrect The 1974 Super Outbreak saw 148 tornados hit 13 states and one Canadian province. Overall, 315 people were killed and over 5,000 were injured.
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photo credit: MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images

What was the 1974 Super Outbreak?

  • The rapid spread of a new flu bug
  • Thirteen states are hit by the second largest series of tornados
  • An influx of exotic animals bring 100s of new viruses to the United States
  • A record number of earthquakes occur along the west coast
45%

What pipeline was built as a direct result of the Arab Oil Embargo?

Retry Correct Incorrect Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline began in 1974 and finished in 1977. Oil was originally discovered in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 1968, but was left alone until the Arab Oil Embargo constricted supplies.
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photo credit: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

What pipeline was built as a direct result of the Arab Oil Embargo?

  • Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Hawaii Pacific Pipeline
  • Gulf Access Pipeline
48%
Retry Correct Incorrect The Fall of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War. When the People’s Army captured the South Vietnamese capital they were able to end the conflict and begin the reunification process.
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photo credit: PHAN KHAC DUONG,PHAN THANK GIAN/AFP/Getty Images
  • The defeat of the Viet Cong
  • The signing of the Paris Accords
  • The Fall of Saigon
  • The United States re-enters the country and overthrows its leader on behalf of the People’s Army
50%

With Gerald Ford in place as President, who took over as Vice President?

Retry Correct Incorrect Nelson A. Rockefeller became just the second person to be named Vice President under the 25th Amendment. The first was Gerald Ford after Spiro T. Agnew resigned.
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With Gerald Ford in place as President, who took over as Vice President?

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Spiro T. Agnew
53%

What major software company was founded in 1975?

Retry Correct Incorrect Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. It is one of the most successful computer software and manufacturers of all time. Apple was founded one year later in April 1976.
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What major software company was founded in 1975?

  • Hewlett Packard
  • Microsoft
  • Lenovo
  • Apple
55%

This lead singer had his fire extinguished in 1971.

Retry Correct Incorrect Jim Morrison joined the “27 Club” one year after Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Heart failure was listed as the cause of death, but no autopsy was performed.
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photo credit: Bettman/Getty Images

This lead singer had his fire extinguished in 1971.

  • Jim Morrison
  • Phil Lynott
  • Keith Moon
  • Sid Vicious
58%

What did Roe V. Wade overturn in court?

Retry Correct Incorrect In this landmark case, the Supreme Court declared that women have the right to privacy with their bodies, including the right to an abortion up to the third trimester.
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photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

What did Roe V. Wade overturn in court?

  • State Jim Crow laws
  • Federal copyright laws
  • State abortion laws
  • Federal death penalty laws
60%

How many assassination attempts did Gerald Ford survive?

Retry Correct Incorrect In a span of 17 days in 1975 Gerald Ford survived two separate assassination attempts. Would he survive his attempt at re-election? Keep playing.
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photo credit: Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

How many assassination attempts did Gerald Ford survive?

  • 2
  • 5
  • 7
63%

This seminal late-night show premiered in 1975.

Retry Correct Incorrect Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975 and is still on the air today. Throughout its history, the show has launched the career of a number of famous comedians including Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy.
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photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

This seminal late-night show premiered in 1975.

  • Mad TV
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Late Show
  • Laugh-In
65%

This device was the first successful home recording unit in 1975.

Retry Correct Incorrect Betamax was launched by Sony in 1975 and became the first successful home recording device. With a Betamax player, consumers could record visual content and rewatch it at their leisure.
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photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

This device was the first successful home recording unit in 1975.

  • Betamax
  • Laser Disc
  • VHS
  • Eight-Track
68%

This Act still remains the basis for creator’s rights of their original work in the United States today.

Retry Correct Incorrect The Copyright Act of 1976 made massive changes to the laws at the time. One important change was the start of “fair use” beginning at the time of the author’s death, instead of the date of the published work.
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This Act still remains the basis for creator’s rights of their original work in the United States today.

  • Piracy Redistribution Act of 1979
  • Owner’s Rights Act of 1977
  • Plagiarism Act of 1974
  • Copyright Act of 1976
70%

What year was the Bicentennial celebration?

Retry Correct Incorrect 1976 marked the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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What year was the Bicentennial celebration?

  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1975
73%

In 1976, who did Gerald Ford lose the Presidental Race to?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jimmy Carter was elected President in 1976 over Gerald Ford. He won the popular vote by a margin of just over one million. The electoral college wasn’t as close, giving Carter a 57 vote victory.
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In 1976, who did Gerald Ford lose the Presidental Race to?

  • George H.W. Bush
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Spiro T. Agnew
  • Ronald Reagan
75%

What event in New York lasted for 25 hours and lead to mass vandalism and looting?

Retry Correct Incorrect The New York City Blackout lasted a whopping 25 hours leading to mass crime across the city. The blackout began after a lightning strike hit at Buchanan South.
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photo credit: Robert R. McElroy/Getty Images

What event in New York lasted for 25 hours and lead to mass vandalism and looting?

  • New York City Riot of 1972
  • New York City Blackout of 1977
  • Hurricane Steve in 1975
  • New York Yankees World Series Parade of 1978
78%

Before the Nintendo Entertainment System came out, this console dominated the home video game market.

Retry Correct Incorrect The Atari 2600 was released in 1977 and became the first successful home video game console. It popularized the use of cartridges to hold games that could be inserted into the system to play.
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photo credit: Robbie Shepherd/Getty Images

Before the Nintendo Entertainment System came out, this console dominated the home video game market.

  • Atari 2600
  • Dreamcast 500
  • Commodore 64
  • Midway 200
80%

This auto-manufacturer was the second foreign manufacturer to open a plant in the U.S.

Retry Correct Incorrect Volkswagen opened its first American plant in 1978, following the footsteps of Rolls Royce. The first car produced by the company on American soil was the Rabbit, rebranded today as the Golf.
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photo credit: Bud Wells/The Denver Post via Getty Images

This auto-manufacturer was the second foreign manufacturer to open a plant in the U.S.

  • Jaguar
  • Honda
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
83%

Over 75,000 people showed up to this legend’s funeral.

Retry Correct Incorrect At 42-years-old, Elvis Presley was found dead in his home in 1977. Shortly after, President Jimmy Carter expressed his gratitude for how Presley positively affected American culture.
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photo credit: Shepard Sherbell/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Over 75,000 people showed up to this legend’s funeral.

  • Elvis Presley
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Phil Lynott
  • Keith Moon
85%

What Accords were signed in the United States that started peace talks between Egypt and Israel?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Camp David Accords saw leaders from Egypt and Israel meet in Maryland to begin peace talks. After 12 days, a tentative agreement was reached and signed between the conflicting sides.
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photo credit: Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

What Accords were signed in the United States that started peace talks between Egypt and Israel?

  • Eastern Peace Accords
  • Camp David Accords
  • Palace Peace Accords
  • Egypt-Israel Accords
88%

This Act was introduced in 1978 amidst fears of a new economic recession.

Retry Correct Incorrect The Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment Act was signed into law by Jimmy Carter in 1978. Under the act, the Government laid out new economic goals including a balance of trade and budget, full employment, price stability, and production growth.
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This Act was introduced in 1978 amidst fears of a new economic recession.

  • Consumer Reward Act
  • Small Busines Tax Exempt Act
  • New Tax Act
  • Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment Act
90%

Who was the first openly gay politician elected to office in California?

Retry Correct Incorrect In 1977 Harvey Milk was elected to political office as the first openly gay politician in California. Working with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Milk was assassinated by Dan White in 1978.
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Who was the first openly gay politician elected to office in California?

  • Harvey Milk
  • John Tunney
  • George Moscone
  • Alan Cranston
93%

America’s worst nuclear accident happened in 1979 in this location.

Retry Correct Incorrect Middletown, Pennslyvania is home to Three Mile Island. The Three Mile Island nuclear accident took 14 years to clean up, officially declared safe again in 1993
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photo credit: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images

America’s worst nuclear accident happened in 1979 in this location.

  • Middletown, Pennsylvania
  • Waterford, Connecticut
  • Scriba, New York
  • San Clemente, California
95%

In 1979, the longest hostage crisis in history began. What was it called?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Iran Hostage Crisis began on November 4, 1979, after a group of Iranian revolution supporters took over the American Embassy in Iran. The 52 diplomats were held hostage for 444 days.
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In 1979, the longest hostage crisis in history began. What was it called?

  • Iraq Hostage Crisis
  • Munich Hostage Crisis
  • Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Pennslyvania Hostage Crisis
98%

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