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

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17July President Anastasio Somoza Debayle of Nicaragua resigns and goes into exile. Two days later the Sandinista rebels take the capital of Managua, ending the Nicaraguan civil war. 23 July Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini bans music broadcasting in Iran, arguing that it has corrupted Iranian youth. The prohibition follows other bans against men and women swimming together, most Western movies, alcohol, and singing by women. 13 Aug. China announces a new program to limit population growth by discouraging couples from having more than one child.

L. Doctorow, The Book of Daniel; James P. Donleavy, The Onion Eaters; Ernest J. Gaines, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; Bernard Malamud, The Tenants; Mary McCarthy, Birds of America; Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins; Harold Robbins, The Betsy; John Updike, Rabbit Redux. " • Margaret Harris becomes the first black woman to lead a major orchestra, conducting the Chicago Symphony. • Alan Jay Lerner, Dorothy Fields, and Duke Ellington are among the first to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

19 Aug. Elvis Presley dies of heart failure at age forty-two. 15 Oct. 34 The Metropolitan Opera performs La Boheme, marking its first live television broadcast. Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti star. AMERICAN DECADES: 1970-1979 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1970S 22 Nov. 1978 The J. 5 and $5 million for a fourth-century bronze, a record price for sculpture. Movies The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, Coming Home, directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda and Jon Voight; Days of Heaven, directed by Terence Malick and starring Richard Gere; The Deer Hunter, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken; Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John; Heaven Can Wait, directed by Warren Beatty and starring Beatty and Julie Christie; Interiors, directed by Woody Allen and starring Diane Keaton and Geraldine Page; Midnight Express, starring Brad Davis; National Lampoon s Animal House, starring John Belushi; An Unmarried Woman, starring Jill Clayburgh.

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