Pop Culture

By Lily Scher, Sasha Libson and Alyssa Kopin

September 18, 1970

Jimi Hendrix dies. In the week before his death, he was sick and over worked. He hadn't slept and he had extreme anxiety about all of his personal relationships. He spent his last day with Monika Dannermann who found him in the morning of the 18th, unconscious. She called and ambulance, who tried to resuscitate him. He died at 12:45 p.m. (drug overdose)

October 4, 1970

Janis Joplin Dies (drug overdose)

Joplin was late to a recording session when her producer, Paul Rothchild, became concerned. He sent Joplin's road manager, John Cooke, to the Landmark Motor Hotel where Joplin had been living. He found her dead on the floor next to her bed. Although the official cause of death as heroine overdose, most people believe it was heightened by alcohol. Many theorize that the heroine was more heavy or effective than usual, because others overdosed that week who bought heroine from the same dealer.

April 14, 1970

Apollo 13 Mission Cancelled

The American Apollo Space Program's seventh manned mission was the Apollo 13 mission. It intended to land on the moon, launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Sadly, the moon landing was cancelled after an oxygen tank exploded which limited the ships power, drinkable water and carbon dioxide removal system. Luckily, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17th.

May 4, 1970

Kent State Massacre- Anti War Protest

Throughout the time period of the Vietnam war, the people of the United States reacted in many different ways. Originally, not many soldiers were dying and the American people were pretty neutral about the war. The war dragged on for years, and thousands of American soldiers died and were wounded. Eventually, students began fighting against the war efforts, finding it wrong and barbaric that so many young people were being drafted. One example of an anti-war strike that went horribly wrong was the Kent State massacre.


Let It Be-by the Beatles Chart Topper

January 2, 1971

Banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio. The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act is a United States federal law in order to limit smoking. It also enforced a stronger warning on packages and started the Surgeon General warnings. The specific warning is Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous to Your Health."

November 1971

American Pie by Don McLean chart topper for 4 weeks. McLean wrote the song to honor Buddy Holly's death after the horrible, infamous plane crash. McLean delivered newspapers that highlighted the crash and this inspired him to write a song about "the day that music died."

January 1972

Actor Pete Duel at age 31, star of ABC-TV’s “Alias Smith and Jones”, is found in his Hollywood Hills home dead from gunshot wounds. Investigators say the death was a “probable suicide."

August 11, 1977: David Berkowitz arrested

David Richard Berkowitz aka the Son of Sam, was a serial killer in New York in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 Caliber Bulldog revolver killed six victims and wounded seven others. As the toll mounted, Berkowitz, while leaving letters that mocked the police, escaped the polices' grasp. He terrorized New York and achieved worldwide notoriety.

Unabomber starting in 1978

Kaczynski created a nationwide bombing  attacks against people involved with modern technology, mailing many homemade bombs eventually killing three people and injuring 23 others.

December 8, 1980

John Lennon assassinated. Lennon had been staying at The Dakota in New York. As he left the building on the night of December 8th, 1980, he was shot five times from 9 feet away. His murderer, Mark David Chapman, was extremely obsessed with John Lennon but became enraged with him after he said The Beatles were "more popular than jesus." Chapman was born again christian and after murdering Lennon, sat on the side walk and read Catcher in the Rye as he waited for the police.

June 1, 1980

CNN, or Cable News Network, launched in June 1, 1980 at 5:00 PM with an original staff of 25 from Atlanta, Georgia. CNN was started by Ted Turner and a board of investers, eventually raising $20 million for the start of the network. CNN marked the first channel to run for 24 hours, delivering news. On the first broadcast Ted Turner said, "We won't be signing off until the world ends. We'll be on, we'll be covering it live, and that will be our last, last event. We'll play The National Anthem for one time on the first of June, and that's all. When the end of the world comes, we'll play “Nearer My God to Thee" before we sign off."

August 1, 1981

MTV Launched at 12:01 in the morning when Executive Vice President of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment said, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” This introduced widespread music videos and fun MTV segments.

November 30, 1982

Thriller by Micheal Jackson is released. This song was Jackson's sixth album through Epic Records. This album had a budget of $750,000. The genre was pop, punk and R&B. It was Number One on the US Billboard chart and at its peak, sold one million copies per week, world wide.

May 25, 1986

Hands Across America campaign fundraiser to raise money for racial acceptance and poverty. Between 1.5 and 2 million people signed up to stand in a line from New York City to Los Angles, holding hands. The pledges were $10, and many people recieved Hands Across America T-Shirts.

April 27, 1986

HBO east coast feed is interrupted by a color bar screen that says, "Good Evening HBO! From Captain Midnight... $12.95 a month? No Way! Showtime/ Movie Channels beware." HBO had been playing the movie, "The Falcon and The Snowman" when the feed was hijacked.

July 5, 1989

Seinfeld American sitcom debuts for the first time ever. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show ran for 9 years and became an instant classic in American television.

February 11, 1990

Mike Tyson loses the undisputed championship to Buster Douglas in Tokyo. Although Douglas was the underdog, he championed Tyson. Douglas' mother had just died and he used this as an emotional drive to win. After the fight, Tyson complained the count by the ref was too slow, and that he had in fact beaten Douglas, but the Douglas' win remained.

May 19, 1992

Joey Buttafuco's mistress, a 16 year old girl named Amy Fischer, shoots Mary Jo Buttafuco in the head. Although Buttafuco was accused of statutory rape, after having sex with Amy Fisher before her seventieth birthday, he only served four of his six months. Fisher is now serving a 15 year prison service for attempted murder. Mary Jo Buttafuco's face is partially paralyzed yet has stayed with her husband all the same.

April 19, 1995

Timothy James McVeigh was an American terrorist who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah in Oklahoma.The bombing killed 168 people and injured over 600. This is known as the worst terrorist bombing  before 9/11.

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