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Important events of the 1970s in a picture montage - with one click for a description

The 1970s was the eighth decade of the 20th century and lasted from 1970 to 1979.

In Western history in particular , the 1970s are seen as a time of crises, upheavals and changes. The two oil price crises of 1973/74 and 1979 as well as the end of the long post-war boom in Western economies and the ongoing stagflation in some countries contribute to this impression .


Bronze plaque on the monument to the kneeling

Cultural history

Pong , the first commercial video game (1972)


watch TV


Individual contributions internationally

Individual contributions Germany

Oscar Winner (Best Picture)

Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Film genre



Music stars of the 1970s


Relevant publications


(selected by Rolling Stone )


Individual contributions internationally

Individual contributions Germany

Willy Brandt receives Roy Black , 1971
typical fashion of the early 1970s

Fashion and design

Living room in 1971


Image description

Pictures from the seventies

The following can be seen on this picture (line by line from left to right):

  1. Richard Nixon left Washington, DC on August 9, 1974 after resigning from the Watergate affair
  2. The fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War
  3. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 (the Islamic Revolution ) leads to the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  4. Disco music is popular
  5. Symbolic image for the "oil crisis" of 1973, see the oil price crisis
  6. Several hundred thousand people fell victim to cyclone Bhola on November 12, 1970
  7. Signing of the Camp David Agreement in 1978

People (selection)

Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley
Helmut Schmidt
Bruno Kreisky in the GDR, 1978


Arts and Culture


  • Werner Faulstich (ed.): The culture of the seventies . (= Cultural history of the twentieth century). Fink, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-7705-4022-0 .
  • Zeithistorische Forschungen / Studies in Contemporary History 3 (2006), Volume 3: The 1970s - Inventory of a Time of Change .
  • Dominic Lutyens / Kirsty Hislop: 70s Style & Design, Edel, Hamburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-941378-24-7 .
  • Elvira Lauscher, "Our cookbook of the 70s", Wartberg Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8313-2388-3 .
  • Emanuel Ammon "70s" illustrated book, AURA photo book publisher, 2011, ISBN 978-3-9523375-4-7 .
  • Albrecht Geck : The Federal Republic in the 1960s and 1970s - A general orientation with a focus on the history of theology . In: Siegfried Hermle, Jürgen Kampmann (Ed.): The evangelical movement in Württemberg and Westphalia. Beginnings and Effects . Contributions to the Westphalian Church History 39, Bielefeld (Luther-Verlag) 2012, 25–41.

Web links

Commons : 1970s  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. Cf. for Western Europe u. a. Anselm Doering-Manteuffel , Lutz Raphael : After the boom. Perspectives on contemporary history since 1970 . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2008 (3rd edition 2012).