American Decades: 1970-1979 (American Decades) by Judith Baughman, Richard Layman

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A vote of no confidence in the Canadian House of Commons topples the Progressive Conservative government of Joe Clark. New elections are scheduled for February 1980. 15 Dec. The shah of Iran leaves the United States to take up residence in Panama. 27 Dec. FoËowing a Soviet-inspired military coup that results in the execution of President Hafizullah Amin, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan with tens of thousands of troops. a Cote Basque"Scandal 53 Film and the Black Experience — 55 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 56 Film and the Women's Movement 58 6O 61 62 64 67 69 "Jesus'Rock Major Grammy Award Hinnen.

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ARTS 25 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1970S 197O Movies Airport, starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin; Catch-22, directed by Mike Nichols; Diary of a Mad Housewife, starring Carrie Snodgress and Richard Benjamin; Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black; Little Big Man, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway, Love Story, starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw; M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman and starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould; Fattori, starring George C.

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