Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Year I Was Born - Tuesday Ten {Linkup}

Today's Tuesday Ten Topic was to research the year you were born and share the top ten headlines or songs.  This is very appropriate considering that Rabia and I both celebrated birthdays earlier this month!

My dad is a history buff and there's a bit of that in me, too, as you will see.  To be honest, once I started researching, I couldn't stop and there was no way I could narrow it down to only 10 headlines, so I have listed headlines from 10 categories! Don't worry - they're headlines, so they're short!

  • Den Xiaopng was restored to power in Chins as the "Gang of Four" were expelled.
  • The Nuclear Proliferation Act was signed by 15 countries aimed at curbing the spread of nuclear weapons.
  • Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was defeated.
  • The first female Episcopal priest was ordained.
  • Presiden Carter pardoned Vietnam War "draft dodgers."
  • U.S. government ordered that all cars were to be equipped with seat belts by 1984.
  • Jimmy Carter was President.
  • Walter Mondale was Vice President
  • The Department of Energy was created.
  • The U.S. signed a treaty with Panama to relinquish control of the Panama Canal by the year 2000.
  • The median household income was $13, 572.
  • A first class postage stamp would cost you $0.13.
  • The average price of a movie ticket was $2.25.
  • Minimum wage was $2.30.
  • A gallon of gas ran about $0.64.
  • Steve Jobs and Steve Woznizk introduced th Apple II computer.  It was the first with a color monitor and had 4K RAM.  (I had to get my hubby to explain this in "layman's" terms.  Bascially, that means the Apple II had 4,000 bytes of RAM, or static memory.  Today's computers have about 2 BILLION bytes of RAM or more, depending on the type and model!)
  • Oakland defeated Minnestoa to win the SuperBowl.
  • The NY Yankees defeated the LA Dodgers in the World Series.
  • Marquette defeated North Carolina to take the NCAA championship.
  • AJ Foyt set a new record for consecutive victories by winning the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth straight time.
  • Star Wars hit theaters for the first time.
  • The TV miniseries Roots sired on ABC and surpassed Gone With The Wind as the highest rated TV program ever.
  • Saturday Night Fever sparked the disco inferno and made movie soundtracks popular.
  • the first episode of The Love Boat aired.
  • According to Billboard, the top five songs of 1977 were:
    • Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) by Rod Stewart
    • I Just Want To Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb
    • Best of My Love by Emotions
    • Love Theme from "A Star Is Born" by Barbara Streisand
    • Angel in Your Arms by Hot
  • Because I listen mostly to country music, and I have never even heard of three of those up there, here are the top three country songs of 1977:
    • Lucille by Kenny Rogers
    • Lukenbach, Texas by Waylon Jennings
    • Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle

  • Famous deaths in 1977 included:
    • Charlie Chaplin
    • Bing Crosby
    • Joan Crawford
    • Elvis Presley
  • Some people also born in 1977 who would later become famous:
    • John Mayer
    • Shakira
    • Kanye West
    • Tom Brady
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar
    • Liv Tyler
    • Orlando Bloom
There you go!!  The headlines from 1977, the year I was born.  Some people find history boring, I know.  But, I thought this was fun.  In fact, I think I might do it for each of my girls on their birthdays later this year!  It is truly amazing how much has changed in the past 37 years!

What was happening in the year you were born??  Look it up, write it up, and share!


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MamaRabia said...

This was fun! I'm not necessarily a history person, but I enjoyed finding out about the things that happened 36 years ago. When it comes to birth years, I think I'm in some pretty good company!

Janine Huldie said...

My favorite list so far, because we are totally the same age and I was born in June 1977! And I must admit, I knew a bit of this from my dear old mom, who will always recount that year with me, especially Elvis Presley dying that summer, because she was a huge fan and will always share how I was sitting in my infant seat and she had the TV on when they broke in to share this. She, of course, had no one to share this with but me, as she was a stay at home mom, but still makes me laugh when she tells me that she talked to me as a baby when this happened. I know sounds crazy, but after having my own girls and being home 24-7 with them, when they were babies now I get ti a bit more. Seriously, thanks for this awesome walk down memory lane and totally made me smile this morning :)

Ginnymarie said...

My baby sister was born in 1977! I remember her coming home from the hospital. I also remember my dad taking me and my other sister to see Star Wars in the theater. 1977 was a great year!

Ginnymarie said...

I loved reading about Elvis and your mom, Janine! :)

Janine Huldie said...

Aww, thanks Ginny and you know I still love hearing this story after so many years, because my mom still tells it so well :)

Michelle Nahom said...

This was definitely a fun walk down memory lane. I think the thing that struck me the most as I was doing mine was how much technology has changed! Hearing about the Apple Computer made me think it again!

Teresa Danner Kander said...

I was a sophomore in high school in 1977, so this was a great walk down memory lane for me....I remember all the songs on both of your music lists!!!

Marcia Shaw Wyatt said...

Ahh! 1977 - the year I graduated from high school! What a great year! I loved reading your post - it brought back lots of happy memories. Gas was indeed only $.64 :) My parents used to let me take their car to go see my friends and the deal was that I had to bring the car back with as much gas as it had when I took it. My girlfriends and I could cruise all day and when we were done they'd each give me a quarter or fifty cents - I'd put a few dollars of gas in the tank and take the car home with plenty of gas back in the tank. And the music that year ... don't even get me started. I still love listening to those tunes! Excellent post, Lisa! I thoroughly enjoyed it! :D

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I thought it was lots of fun, too! Can't wait to read them all!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

HA! What a cute memory! Glad this made you smile!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

It was pretty awesome for me! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Yes - it really is incredible how much technology has changed and how that has changed the way we live.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

:-) I really thought I would recognize ore of the music, but I didn't!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks Marcia! So glad you had fun with this. It sure would be nice if gas was still just $.64!

Tamara Bowman said...

Wow, some really famous deaths in 1977! And you were the year of Star Wars!! So cool. My sister was 1978 so I read Rabia's post with interest too. I was 1980 and I'd really like to go learn more.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks Dana! My mom has told stories about having to get my grandparents to drive her places while my dad was at work because there were no car seats and she couldn't hold me & my bother while driving! Compared to today it seems almost archaic!

Bianca Avelino said...

I like your take on this. I especially like the economics section. My how times have changed!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Incredible, isn't it?!?

Jennifer Hall said...

Ooh, I want to look up some of this kind of stuff for my 40th birthday post coming up next month. Can you point me to where you found all this info?

Meredith said...

Fun list seeing as I was born in 1977 too!! :)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I found it on several different sites. Just did a google search for "1977 Headlines" and "Top Songs of 1977."

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

It was fun researching!

Lady Lilith Bloodcrave said...

Wow. There seems to be a lot going on the year you were born. How interesting to find out.

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

Oh LISA I should have done this hop instead of accepting the sponsored post I got for OL, because I love this kind of stuff. Needless to say, I was born 9 years before you (am OLD) and remember when Steve had the Apple Lisa and the Apple 2 because my dad had them both. Yikes. Love this though!! Can you remind me next week what the subject is?

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