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The 1970s

Bubbling Up In The Hot '70s: Jacuzzis, The Untold Story

February 16, 2019

Turn the lights down low and fire up the jets -- it's Jacuzzi time in the '70s. Jacuzzis and hot tubs proliferated in the decade of disco, with these relaxing a...

LEGOs Came To The US In The '70s And Still Rule Our Liv...

February 8, 2019

The LEGO System -- or as most call them, LEGOs -- came to America in the 1970s but has been around in one form or another for over 60 years. And with the rel...

How Ted Bundy Invented Reality TV In The 1970s

January 28, 2019

Ted Bundy's image on a television screen on the lawn of the Florida State Prison. | Location: Starke, Florida, USA. Source: Getty/Bettmann In 1979 and 1980, a nation sat ...

The 'Manson Girls:' Who Were They, And Where Are They N...

January 22, 2019

The young women known as the "Manson Girls" had been normal, pretty, bright teenagers, but they're remembered for the brutal murder of seven people. Susan At...

Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit: The Poster That Made Her...

January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 02: Farrah Fawcett memorabilia included in a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History on February 2, 2011 ...

Tatum O’Neal, Child Star: Then And Now

January 9, 2019

Kristy McNichol (left) and Tatum O'Neal in the 1980 film 'Little Darlings.' (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Tatum O'Neal's performances in Paper Moon (1973)...

What’s Love Got To Do With Tina Turner

December 16, 2018

The smashing Tina Turner grabbed the music world by storm, bringing more than just music to her fans. Her performances have always been high-energy entertainment. Worth arou...

Some Of The BEST Songs Of The Groovy '70s

December 14, 2018

George Harrison English singer-songwriter, guitarist and former Beatle, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Cannes, France, 30th January 1976. Harrison is in Cannes for the Midem mus...

“The Giving Tree” Author Also Wrote the Novelty Song “C...

December 13, 2018

Photo of Shel Silverstein, 1968 (Photo by Alice Ochs/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Today, we remember the American writer Shel Silverstein more fo...

Doug Henning Was The Magic Rainbow Unicorn Of Magic

December 11, 2018

In the 1970s, the world of magic was dominated by two people, the dashing and debonair David Copperfield, and the groovy hippie Doug Henning. Magic is show business...

They Say This Was The Worst TV Show Ever. Are They Righ...

December 8, 2018

There have been plenty of terrible sitcom ideas in the history of television, but the short-lived series My Mother The Car, a worst-show-ever candidate, was ...

Groovy Prom Songs From The ‘60s And ‘70s

December 7, 2018

High school proms are and have been an exciting American tradition for many high school students. Typically, proms are exclusively for upper class-men and have historicall...

The UFO Craze Of The '60s and '70s

November 30, 2018

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the...

Groovy Nuances From The Modern ‘70s Home

November 30, 2018

Cake Making - A woman baking cakes in a fitted kitchen, circa 1975. (Photo by f8 Imaging/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) For many Americans owning a home is all part of the Amer...

Elvis Presley’s Favorite Songs …They May Not Be What Yo...

November 28, 2018

'Elvis' - The Comeback TV Special BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. ...

Groovy, Sexy Waterbeds

November 27, 2018

Model lying atop the 'Pleasure Island' waterbed in 1971 designed by Aaron Donner. (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) Throughout the 1970s, many swinging singles ...

“Tequila Sunrise” … By The Eagles

November 25, 2018

Tequila Sunrise CocktailIt is probably safe to say that most of the adult, civilized world recognizes “tequila sunrise” as an alcoholic beverage. The ingredients in a tequila s...

Christmas Episodes From The Groovy Era

November 23, 2018

With Christmas music starting the day after Halloween and retail giants having their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, it can be quite easy to become overwhelmed by the ma...

Loretta Lynn And Conway Twitty: The Dynamic Duo Of '70s...

November 21, 2018

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty on 'Midnight Special' in 1973. (Photo by Paul W. Bailey/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) In the late '60s and early '70s, ...

Could Dolphins Be Used For Evil? George C. Scott And 'D...

November 20, 2018

In The Day of the Dolphin, George C. Scott played a marine biologist who trains dolphins to do complicated tasks. But then a sinister power kidnaps them, int...

Sitcom Catchphrases You'll Never Forget As Long As You ...

November 17, 2018

Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson on 'Diff'rent Strokes' -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank There's nothing like a ...

Nichelle Nichols As Lt. Uhura, 'Star Trek's Barrier-Bre...

November 15, 2018

Star Trek, with its brainy plots and serious sci-fi tone, was a groundbreaking TV series when it hit the air in 1966. But no character broke more ground than...

The Groovy Era Launched Penny Marshall to Stardom

November 13, 2018

Penny Marshall became a household name after staring in the sitcom, Laverne and Shirley, in the mid-seventies. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) The d...

Motorcycles From The Groovy '70s

November 9, 2018

1970 Harley Davidson Electra-GlideThe 1970s was a decade that had a little bit of everything. There was the epic energy crisis that left everyone waiting in long lines to buy gasoline...

The '70s Bean Bag Chair: For Serious Rec Room Lounging

November 7, 2018

Bean bag chairs were standard furniture during the 1970s, and can still be found in many a rec room to this day. In the era of non-conformity, bean bag chairs co...

Remember Romper Room?

November 6, 2018

Hostess Susan Gifford of the TV show 'Romper Room' instructing the children. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) If you are a child of the sixties or seventies, you pr...

Retro Fragrances From The Groovy Era

November 4, 2018

The '60s and '70s were some really wild and crazy years. Social norms and behaviors were changing and so was fashion. As popular as fashion always was and continues to be, the out...

Conspiracy Theories of the '60s and '70s

November 3, 2018

In his 1997 movie, Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson played a conspiracy theorist whose life becomes endangered when one of his theories turns out to be true. But conspiracy th...

If You Were Born In The GROOVY Era Then You Will Rememb...

November 1, 2018

Diverse First Grade Classroom ST. LOUIS-03/17/67- A junior United Nations is present in the classes of Frazier School, Brentwood, Mo. where seventeen countries ...

Remember These Freebies From The Groovy Era? Definitely...

October 29, 2018

The '60s and '70s weren’t called the groovy era for nothing! Although it is an era remembered for being a time of social unrest in the United States, there w...

Remember New Math? The "New Math" Phenomenon Explained!

October 26, 2018

High School students in the 1970s working on an algebra problem. (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images) When the Russians launched Sputnik into or...

All The Presidents' Daughters Of The 1960s And '70s

October 23, 2018

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy holding daughter Caroline outdoors on Election Day, 1960. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Gr...

Common Practices From the Groovy Era That Would NEVER “...

October 22, 2018

According to American society’s standards of today, if you were born during or before the groovy era, you just might be lucky to be alive! The rite of pas...

Denise Nickerson…More Than Just a Character in the Groo...

October 21, 2018

Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.Like so many other child actors, Denise Nickerson was initially on the fast t...

Hankies Out For '70s Chick Flicks: The Way Love Stories...

October 18, 2018

The term "chick flick" may be recent, but audiences flocked to chick flicks in the '70s -- movies like Love Story, The Way We Were, and Annie Hall had 'em we...

Game Shows Of The '60s And '70s: TV Winners (And Losers...

October 17, 2018

Bob Eubanks on 'The Newslywed Game,' 1969. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images From the very beginning of television, classic game shows came out...

Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” is Arguably one of the Groov...

October 16, 2018

Portrait CIRCA 1969: Rock singer Rod Stewart poses for a portrait in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) As many songs do, Rod Ste...

Scary, Spooky Songs Of The Sixties And Seventies

October 15, 2018

American actor Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the original Frankenstein in the Mel Brooks film 'Young Frankenstein', 1974. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Archive Photos...

The Yummy, Gummy And Sugar-Sugary Story Of Bubblegum Po...

October 12, 2018

Who remembers bubblegum pop? Chart hits like the Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine," the Music Explosion's "Little Bit O' Soul," and the Archies' "Sugar Sugar"...

Remember These Shampoo Brands of the 1970s?

October 11, 2018

Farrah Fawcett’s famous hair made her a natural for promoting her own brand of shampoo in the 1970s, Farrah Fawcett Shampoo. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)...

The Sweet: 10 Candies Of The '70s You Ate Way Too Much ...

October 9, 2018

June 10, 2004 in Fairfield, California. The late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was known for his fondness for jelly beans during his political career and ...

Joe Walsh: More Than Just A Member Of The Eagles

October 8, 2018

Joe Walsh of the Eagles at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, August 19, 1978. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) No doubt that you know Joe Walsh was known for being...

Lee Majors: The Six Million Dollar Man Who Became The F...

September 26, 2018

'The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War,' from 1973, starring Britt Ekland as Soviet agent Katrina Volana and Lee Majors as Steve Austin. Photo by ABC ...

Farrah Fawcett TV Commercials – “If You’ve Got It, Flau...

September 21, 2018

Farrah Fawcett American actress Farrah Fawcett (1947 - 2009), USA, 4th May 1970. (Photo by Harry Benson/Daily Express/Getty Images) Hopefully, you weren...

How It Was In The '70s: Song Lyrics That Captured The D...

September 20, 2018

Left: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson of Abba on stage at Wembley Arena in November 1979 (Photo by David Redfern/Redfern...

Olympian Mark Spitz: True Stories Of Munich's Gold Meda...

September 16, 2018

Mark Spitz, the United States swimming champion, swimming the butterfly stroke during a training session in 1972. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/C...

What You Didn't Know About Michael Martin Murphey's 'Wi...

September 11, 2018

Michael Martin Murphey in Concert at Symphony Hall in Atlanta - November 12, 1975. (Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage) In 1975, singer and songwriter, Michael Marti...

1976: Sissy Spacek As Carrie Ignites Stephen King's Rei...

September 4, 2018

In 1976, Carrie made Sissy Spacek a star and kicked off the Stephen King era in horror movies. Carrie, the story of a misfit with telekinetic powers who goes...

1976: Deadly Legionnaires' Disease Crashes The Bicenten...

August 30, 2018

In the summer of 1976, a deadly epidemic made headlines: Legionnaires' Disease. Interrupting the constant and joyful news coverage of America’s Bicentennial ...

History Of Dungeons & Dragons: RPGs Roll +2 Popularity ...

August 28, 2018

In 1974, the board game industry was turned upside down with the introduction of Dungeons and Dragons, the first fantasy role-playing game (or RPG) that was ...

Clogs: The Seventies Footwear Trend Was A Scandinavian ...

August 23, 2018

English actress and model Caroline Munro with fashion models Nikki Ross and Lula wearing smock style tunics, 13th February 1972. (Photo by McKeown/Daily Express...

John Denver: America's Favorite Country Boy In The '70s

August 20, 2018

Left: John Denver on 'Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell' on September 20, 1975. (Photo by Ann Limongello/ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) Right: Denve...

Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! Eight Facts You Never Knew Abou...

August 16, 2018

In a departure from the traditional family structure represented on other TV shows, ABC debuted a new television series in 1969 about a blended family called...

What Ever Happened To Seals And Crofts?

August 13, 2018

Seals and Crofts American soft rock duo Seals and Crofts performing, 30th April 1975. They are Dash Crofts (left) and Jim Seals. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) Jim Seal...

New 1973 Soap Opera Targeted The Young And Restless TV ...

August 9, 2018

The soap opera was a fast-growing television genre in the 1960s and 1970s and viewers, mostly housewives, were glued to their TV sets in the afternoons to wa...

Linda Ronstadt, Queen Of Rock In The '70s, Then And Now

August 6, 2018

Left: Photo of Linda Ronstadt circa 1970 Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Roght: Ronstadt on the cover of her 1978 album 'Living In The USA.' Source: d...

How To Identify A Groovy Stoner From Back In The Day

August 3, 2018

Woman Smoking Marijuana A hippie woman lights up a marijuana joint in Golden Gate Park. (Photo by © Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) The countercultu...

Top Jobs In The 1970s: Working 9 To 5

August 2, 2018

Pictured: (l-r) Dena Dietrich as Wife, Doris Roberts as Waitress, James Coco as Husband in 'The Greasy Diner' -- (Photo by: Art Selby & Al Levine/Getty Images) Although unemployme...

Lynda Carter: Wonder Woman Then and Now

August 1, 2018

Lynda Carter Portrait Session LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actress Lynda Carter poses for a portrait circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images) It...

The Great Barbi Benton Through Pictures Then and Now

July 31, 2018

Actress Barbi Benton poses for a portrait session at home in circa 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) ...

Jim Croce's 1973 Death, And The Music We'll Never Hear

July 27, 2018

He left a treasured body of work, but we didn't get enough Jim Croce. "Time In A Bottle," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator," "I Got A Name," "You Don't Mess Aro...

Dorothy Hamill's Hairstyle Was A Gold-Medal 'Do In '76

July 26, 2018

Dorothy Hamill wins the gold medal for the USA in the Women's Figure skating competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Tony Duffy/Get...

Who Was The Rolling Stones' 'Angie?' Theories About Her...

July 24, 2018

The 1973 acoustic ballad "Angie" by the Rolling Stones shot to the top of the charts when it was released on the group’s “Goats Head Soup” album. In fact, it...

Shirley Temple’s Greatest Role Was Talking About Her Br...

July 12, 2018

As a child star in the 1930s and 1940s, Shirley Temple Black was known for playing outspoken, brave, feisty characters. From “Heidi” and “The Little Prince...

'Convoy:' The Song That Made Truckers The Working Class...

July 10, 2018

The chart-topping 1976 hit "Convoy," by C.W. McCall, tapped into America's fascination with CB radios and truckers. The song told a story about a hard-workin...

The Story Of 'Mercedes Benz,' Janis Joplin’s Final Reco...

July 9, 2018

The soulful classic rock singer Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" is one of her most affecting songs, and it also happens to be the last recording she made be...

Floored In The '70s: The Ugly Vinyl And Linoleum Beneat...

July 5, 2018

DIFF'RENT STROKES cast stand in the family's kitchen. Note the ugly linoleum flooring! (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) Remember the linoleum a...

The 'Killer Bees' Scare Of The '70s: Was There A Real T...

July 3, 2018

The killer bees are coming! That's what we heard over and over in the '70s, thanks to the killer bee scare that became a media sensation. Fear about an invas...

Music GREAT, Bob Seger!

July 2, 2018

Bob Seger On Stage Musician Bob Seger performs, Michigan, July 2, 1977. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Bob Seger is one of those musicians that has stood the test of time. He has been ente...

Like A 'Rhinestone Cowboy:' Glen Campbell's Life In One...

June 30, 2018

Singer Glen Campbell performs onstage in July 1974. (Photo by (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images) The late Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy," relea...

Dodge Rolled Out These Game Changing Models in 1970

June 27, 2018

Dodge Coronet Hemi RT 1970 Dodge Coronet Hemi RT 1970. By Simon Clay. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Dodge is one of those all-time fa...

Yeah, People Really Celebrated Their Independence In Th...

June 26, 2018

Characters from Season 12 of the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, celebrating the 4th of July. (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) ...

The Posters We Put On Our Bedroom Walls In The '60s And...

June 19, 2018

Nearly every teen bedroom in the 1960s and 1970s had posters covering all the walls. Teens created shrines to their favorite hot celebrity, favorite band, an...

Macramé Of The '70s: The Softest, Shaggiest, Most '70s ...

June 15, 2018

It was the crafty craze of the '70s -- macramé! A weaving and knotting technique that made soft, shaggy, volumetric things that could be hung or worn. Macra...

Statue of Liberty photos from the '70s

June 11, 2018

Statue Of Liberty/Statue of Liberty with the sunset in the background The Statue of Liberty, also well known as Lady Liberty, is a representation of the Great American Melting Po...

Incredible Engagement Photos From The '70s

June 8, 2018

Happy couples in the 1970s were eager to share the news of their upcoming nuptials with family, friends, and neighbors. Typically during the seventies, engagements were anno...

Totally Awkward Family Photos from the '70s

June 4, 2018

1970’s MOTHER FATHER AND SONS BY CHRISTMAS TREE (photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/GettyImages) What in the world were we thinking? The '70s was a time of pushing ...

Rare Walmart Photos: How We Shopped In The '60s & '70s

May 30, 2018

Today, Walmart is ubiquitous. In 2019, there are 4,769 Walmart stores in the United States, and a recent study found that 95% of American consumers buy something...

Scary Crime Scene Photos from the 70s

May 29, 2018

For some reasons, people are drawn and seem to gawk at dramatic, unpleasant and often gruesome sights; similar to the proverbial train wreck. Otherwise, why would police need to...

Three's Company To ThighMaster: Suzanne Somers, Then An...

May 25, 2018

Left: Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Right: Somers in 1977. Sources: Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images; eBay ...