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In 1970, The daytime soap opera “All My Children” debut on ABC-TV featuring a 15-year-old character Erica Kane (the illegitimate daughter of Doctor Tyler) played by 23-year-old Susan Lucci. One of the stars, Ruth Warrick, the irrepressible Phoebe, played the wife of “Citizen Kane” in the 1941 film. The initial storyline concerned itself with two families: the Tylers and the Martins of Pine Valley, New York; in 1999, after 18 years of disappointment, actress Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane (the illegitimate daughter of Doctor Tyler), won a best actress Daytime Emmy Award for her work on the show. The show went off the air on September 23, 2011. The Online Network rebooted the series from April 29 to September 2, 2013. As of January 2021, a reboot, titled Pine Valley, is in the works for ABCʹs prime time lineup.

In 1971, The Harlem Globetrotters lost to snap a 2,495-game winning streak by losing 100-99 to the New Jersey Reds.

In 1972, On The Edge of Night, Ron (Burt Douglas) met with Nicole (Maeve McGuire) to talk about opening his own PR firm. Vic (Ted Tinling) spotted Nicole and Ron and misconstrued their intimate lunch.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered development of “an entirely new type of space transportation system,” the reusable space shuttle. (The first operational shuttle, Columbia, was launched in 1981.)

In 1973, Bruce Springsteenʹs debut album “Greetings From Asbury Park” is released.

In 1973, In a Brady Bunch episode called “Love and the Older Man”, Marcia gets a crush on her new dentist, Doctor Vogel, the new family dentist, is the subject of Marciaʹs daydreams after she meets him. She believes that her feeling is returned when she misinterprets his interest in her as a babysitter.

In 1974, HOT SELLING ALBUMS January best sellers include “GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD” (Elton John); “THE JOKER” (Steve Miller Band) and “BAND ON THE RUN” (Paul McCartney and Wings)

In 1975, Charlie Smallsʹ “The Wiz,” a musical version of L. Frank Baumʹs “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway.


In 1976, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer decide to make it legal and by the power vested in PBS, I now pronounce you “The MacNeil-Lehrer Report.” The two ultimately divorce after two decades and Lehrer gains custody of the desk.

In 1976, Syndicated soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman premiered. The series was produced by Norman Lear, and starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman.

In 1978, Mary Carney debuted as Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, replacing Kate Mulgrew.

In 1978, The Sex Pistols began their first tour of the U.S. Less than two weeks after the first show in Atlanta, the tour was over and the band had broken up.

In 1979, The Blues Brothers-known better as “Saturday Night Live” players Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, ruffle some feathers with their tongue-in-cheek renderings of classic soul songs. However, their biggest supporters are the covered artists themselves. The Blues Brothers album, “Briefcase of Blues” goes to number one and goes platinum certified by the RIAA on this date and give the Sam and Dave song, “Soul Man,” a new life.

In 1979, The motion picture soundtrack LP from the film “Saturday Night Fever” reached $25 million in sales.

U.S. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1974, “Keep Your Head To The Sky” by Earth, Wind And Fire peaked at number 52 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1974, “Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow” by Roy Clark peaked at number 81 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1974, “The River Of Love” by B.W. Stevenson peaked at number 53 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1974, “This Time I'm Gone For Good” by Bobby 'Blue' Bland peaked at number 42 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

U.K. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1974, “Vaya con Dios” by Millican And Nesbitt peaked at number 20 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1974, “Remember / Faded Words” by Des O'Connor peaked at number 19 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1974, “Summer (The First Time) / Childhood - 1949” by Bobby Goldsboro peaked at number 7 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1974, “The Ballroom Blitz / Rock And Roll Disgrace” by The Sweet peaked at number 2 on the Australian pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1974, “Big Fat Mama” by Long Tall Ernie And The Shakers peaked at number 14 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1974, “Music And Me” by Michael Jackson peaked at number 29 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1974, “Put Your Hands Together” by The O'Jays peaked at number 20 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1974, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” by Albert West peaked at number 11 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1974, “When I Fall In Love” by Donny Osmond peaked at number 8 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

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