1970 - 1974
* While we are celebrating 50 years of the Moody Blues, we start these threads by including some interesting information that we've gathered on the band and their work, and also background notes for those times.
* Underneath the album images in each section, you'll see links to matching discussion threads from our TER archives, which (in some cases) include more info and some of our members' interesting reviews. You can also find links to our Album Lyrics forum, where more info on each album is kept; and occasionally, links to individual song discussion threads.
* We invite our readers to share here their own memories, impressions, experiences, art works, writings, souvenirs, photos, posters, articles, whatever you have from those particular times that connects your life with the Moody Blues.
THE TIME MACHINE: Some cultural standouts from this time period:
March 12 -- Teenagers in the U.K. vote for the first time.
March 15 -- Expo '70 World's Fair opens in Suita, Osaka, Japan.
April 10 -- Paul McCartney announces that he has left the Beatles.
May 4 -- Kent State shootings: Four students killed and nine wounded by National Guardsmen, at a protest against the incursion into Cambodia.
May 8 -- The Beatles release their 12th and final alum: Let It Be.
September 18 -- Jimi Hendrix dies in London.
February 15 -- The United Kingdom and Ireland both switch to decimal currency.
February 28 -- Evel Knievel sets a world record and jumps 19 cars in California.
March 28 -- The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode.
April 24 -- 500,000 people protest the Vietnam War, in Washington D.C.
June 27 -- Bill Graham closes the legendary Fillmore East in New York City.
July 3 -- Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, is found dead.
July 5 -- The U.S. lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.
August 1 -- In New York City, 40,000 attend the Concert For Bangladesh.
October 1 -- Walt Disney World opens in Orlando (Grand Opening was October 23rd.)
January 4 -- The first scientific hand-held calculator is introduced (price $395).
May 15 -- Governor George Wallace is shot at a Maryland political rally.
May 26 -- Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
November 29 -- Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of Pong.
November 29 -- The "tea house" Mellow Yellow opens in Amsterdam, pioneering the legal sale of cannabis in the Netherlands.
December 7 -- Apollo 17 (Gene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt), the last manned moon mission to date, is launched. Lands on moon December 11. On December 14 -- Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon of the 20th century.
January 1 -- The U.K, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community.
January 22 -- The U.S. Supreme Court overturns state bans on abortion.
January 27 -- U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The last U.S. soldier leaves on March 29.
March 1 -- Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon is released in the U.S, in the UK on March 24.
March 17 -- Queen Elizabeth opens the modern London Bridge.
April 4 -- The World Trade Center officially opens in New York City.
November 17 -- Watergate scandal: President Nixon tells press that: "I am not a crook".
April 6 -- Swedish pop group ABBA win the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo.
May 4 -- Expo '74 World's Fair opens in Spokane,Washington.
August 8 -- President Nixon resigns, is succeeded by Gerald Ford.
The Rubik's Cube is invented.