The decade following the 60's were full of promise from the start. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kiss, Eagles, Sex Pistols, and the disco beats of the Bee Gees, all swept onto the music scene with magnetic force and undeniable resolve. At the same time, the movies and the cinema industry were busy being reimagined. Led by a young, dynamic, and revolutionary group of filmmakers like David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg, these budding storytellers broke new ground in the realm of visual engagement and expressive power with films such as Jaws, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and Eraserhead.
Politically, the country and the Executive Office was hit hard in the early 70s by President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal. This forced a sitting president to resign for the first time in American history. In another branch, The Supreme Court went on to legalize abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. By 1975, American troops were pulled from Vietnam and the country's most controversial war finally came to an end.
In this relative new peace, consumers started getting their first glimpse of the future with the arrival of the Sony Walkman in 1979 and the formation of Apple Computers in 1976. Led by visionary cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, they would together bring the first personal computer to the mass market and go on to change the computer industry forever.
Meanwhile, in sports, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier would battle three times for heavyweight supremacy in the most hyped and talked about boxing matches of all time. What's more, the American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer captivated the planet by defeating Russian grandmaster Boris Spassky and brought home the country's first ever World Chess Championship.
Ultimately, the 70's saw monumental changes in every aspect, and for those who experienced it, it is regularly cited as America's favorite and most beloved modern decade.
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