1971 - 1980

1971

January 1: Divorce Reform Act (1969) comes into force

January 3: Open University starts

February 15: Decimalisation of coinage in Britain

Aug 9: Internment without trial introduced in N Ireland

October 28: Parliament votes to join Common Market

'Greenpeace' founded 

Intel builds the microprocessor, "a computer on a chip."

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1972

February 9: Power workers crisis

October 5: United Reformed Church founded out of Congregational and Presbyterian Churches in E&W

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1973

January 1: Britain enters Common Market (with Ireland and Denmark)

January 27: Vietnam ceasefire agreement signed

April 1: VAT introduced in Britain

December 31: Energy crisis Three-day week (till 9 March 1974) to conserve power

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1974

Aug 8: President Nixon resigns over Watergate scandal

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1975

February 11: Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of Conservative party (in opposition)

April 30: End of Vietnam war

June 5: Suez canal reopens (after 8 years closure)

November 3: First North Sea oil comes ashore [some say 11 June]

December 27: Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act come into force

First personal computers (PC) introduced

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1976

January 21: Concorde enters supersonic passenger service

Aug 6: Drought Act 1976 comes into force

Deaths exceeded live births in England & Wales for first time since records began in 1837

Viking 1 & Viking 2 landed on Mars

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1977

March 23: Lib-Lab pact

June 1: Road speed limits: 70mph dual roads; 60mph single

June 7: Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in London

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1978

April 8: Regular broadcast of proceedings in Parliament starts

May 1: First May Day holiday in Britain

July 25: World's first 'test tube' baby, Louise Browne born in Oldham

October 15: Pope John Paul II, first non-Italian for 450 years

November 30: Publication of The Times suspended industrial relations problems (until 13 November 1979)

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1979

February 1: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran

March 1: 32.5% of Scots vote in favour of devolution (40% needed) Welsh vote overwhelmingly against

March 31: Withdrawal of Royal Navy from Malta

May 4: Margaret Thatcher becomes first woman Prime Minister

Aug 27: Lord Mountbatten killed in bomb blast of coast of Sligo

September 18: ILEA voted to abolish corporal punishment in its schools

November 13: The Times returns to circulation

1980

May 5: SAS storm Iranian Embassy in London to free hostages

December 8: John Lennon assassinated in New York

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