16 Interesting Facts About The 1970s

It wasn’t until 1970 that the United States ended commerical whaling

Hank Aaron was the highest paid MLB player in 1972 with an annual salary of just $200,000.

Roger Staubach turned down $750,000 to play two more seasons in 1979. According to Staubach, he wanted “to make some real money” and began his real estate career.

The Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1973. Now it ranks the 16th tallest.

The Sony Walkman was the first portable music player and sold 50,000 units in the first two months.

The average Super Bowl ad in 1970 cost $78,000. The same ad would cost $5.6 million to run today.

Jimi Hendrix (Sept. 18) and Janis Joplin (Oct. 4) joined The 27 Club just three weeks apart.

Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and tickets cost just $3.50.

The first UPC was scanned in 1974 on a pack of Wrigley gum.

The Philadeplhia Flyers became the first NHL expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974.

Saturday Night Live debuted in 1975 with George Carlin as the host. While he hosted the show, he did not participate in any of the skits.

Richard Pryor won the Grammy for the Best Comedy Album from 1975-1977.

The Atari 2600 had 9 games upon its release in 1977.

In 1970, a gallon of gas cost just 30 cents.

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