Some of the things that were popular in 1974 included Lego blocks, nude beaches and Mel Brooks' movies. During that time, materialistic goods that were traditionally known as luxury items became more affordable for the common man and things such as international travel became more conceivable for those outside the upper-class bracket.
Family and group holiday packages began to enter the market place and made international travel easier to plan and finance. In terms of fashion, especially in the U.K., it became more common to see streakers at sporting events and nude beaches picked up in popularity.
"Blazing Saddles," directed by Mel Brooks, and "Return of the Pink Panther," were two movies that set the year apart from those that preceded and succeeded it. "Porridge," "It Ain't Half Hot Mom" and "Bagpuss" were three popular television shows at the time.
Many of the toys used in 1974 are still popularly purchased today. Though invented approximately 40 years earlier, Lego blocks were named Toy of the Year. Magna Doodle was created in 1974, and as the first dustless chalkboard, it became a great magnetic alternative to the formerly messy form of writing. It is said that over 40 million have been sold as of 2014.Learn More
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" was his response to the level of fear and over the top reactions that McCarthyism had brought on America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller was called up for questioning by the HUAC, or House of Un-American Acts Committee, in 1956 where he was cited with contempt of Congress for refusing to name names on possible Communist sympathizers.Full Answer >
In addition to the untold consequences for military families due to the massive loss of 58,000 American lives during the conflict, the Vietnam War led to the end of the military draft in the United States, a reduction in the voting age to age 18, restriction of a sitting president's ability to send military forces into combat, weakened and undermined morale among the U.S. military and caused damage to the American economy. In addition, the Vietnam War caused divisions in the Democratic Party and caused Americans to be suspicious of their government. Returning soldiers fared little better, with an estimated 700,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from the psychological after effects of war.Full Answer >
The French Revolution was a 10-year period of upheaval in the country that began in 1789 with the summoning of the Estates-General by King Louis XVI. The deputies of the three Estates of French society were to meet to deliberate voting on taxes to fund the financially weakened Bourbon monarchy.Full Answer >
Major problems facing Nigeria include corruption, poor governance, political instability, unemployment, population explosion, religious and ethnic conflicts, diseases and environmental degradation. Even though Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, there are still many problems that it faces.Full Answer >