1970s

1970s
The first 747 Jumbo Jet lands in the UK at Heathrow airport in 1970
Chrysler cars launched the Hillman Avenger
The Range Rover brand was launched in 1970
The first Glastonbury festival was held in September 1970
Richard Branson launched the Virgin Group providing mail order records
BBC Open University television broadcasts started in 1971
February 1971 decimal currency was introduced to the UK
Morris Marina was launched in 1971
The first Hard Rock Cafe opened near Hyde Park Corner, London
Gary Barlow (singer) and David Tennant (actor) were born in 1971
Munich Olympics in 1972
Mastermind TV quiz first broadcast in 1972
John Betjeman was appointed Poet Laureate in October 1972
Emmerdale Farm, the rural soap opera, first aired on ITV in October 1972
The novel Watership Down by Richard Adams was published in 1972
Geri Halliwell (singer), Miranda Hart (comedienne) and Jude Law (actor) were all born in 1972
In January 1973 the UK joined the European Economic Community
Pink Floyd released their prog rock album, Dark Side of the Moon in 1973
Pizza Hut opened its first restaurant
Peter Kay (comedian) and Paula Radcliffe (athlete) were born in 1973
The three-day-week was introduced because of coal shortages due to industrial action came into force on 1st January 1974
Bagpuss, the children’s television series, first aired in 1974
Swedish group, Abba, win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo in 1974
The Ceefax public information service was first broadcast by the BBC in 1974
The singer, Robbie Williams, was born in 1974
The film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was released in 1975
Fawlty Towers, the comedy show, first aired on TV in 1975
In October 1975 Vauxhall announced its new model, the Cavalier
The rock group, Queen, released Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975
David Beckham (footballer) was born in 1975
Concorde makes its first commercial flight in 1976
The first branch of The Body Shop opened in 1976
The Montreal Olympics took place
In October 1976 InterCity 125 Trains took to the rails
1977 the Ford Fiesta car enters production
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee takes place in 1977
The Chrysler Sunbeam car enters production
In late December 1977 the Star Wars film opened in the UK
Shirley Hughes published her book “Dogger”
A bakers strike in 1978 sees bread once more rationed
In May 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first female UK Prime Minister
Vauxhall unveiled their first front-wheel drive car, the Astra in 1979
Douglas Adams published The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Jamie Cullum (singer) and Michael Owen (footballer) were born in 1979
Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Abba, Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, Wings, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Queen and many more featured in the music of the 70s