D.C. December 06, 2016
These 10 Photos of Washington DC In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these photos definitely have a lot to say about a fascinating decade in our country’s history. The world moves quickly but it’s important to look back on our past and remember what we have been through. These photos show how much has changed since the 1970s and also, how much it has stayed the same. Enjoy the best vintage photos of Washington DC from the 1970s.
1) Washington DC in the 1970s was a riveting time. Much like today, there was some turmoil, some celebrations and some change.
2) In the early 1970s, the country embroiled in the Vietnam War. From May 1- May 3, a series of large scale demonstrations were held in DC protesting the war. The protests are known as Mayday.
3) Of course, one of the most significant stories of DC in the 1970s was the impeachment of President Nixon. This photo was taken after he resigned and was leaving the White House.
4) On the lighter side, David Bowie performed in DC during the Young Americans tour in 1974.
5) In 1976, the country celebrated its 200th birthday and DC held a celebration on the National Mall.
6) 1976 was also the year of the pressmen strike came to an end. This historic strike began on October 1, 1975 because the Washington Post were producing printed pages without union workers. The unions lost the strike after several months and 15 pressmen were indicted. Over 1,000 pressmen and their supporters rallied and staged a march in front of the Post headquarters on the one year anniversary of the strike, also known as the 1,000 March.
7) The Old Ebbitt Grill, the oldest restaurant in DC, was different in the 1970s. It was still in its F Street location. It was later moved to its current location on 15th St in the 1980s.
8) In 1979, the country was tense over relations with Iran. In 1979, Iran held 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days. Anti-Iranian protests broke out in DC due to the crisis in November 1979.
9) Even so, DC was still DC in the 1970s, with tourists flocking to visit the popular memorials and museums. Although, the fashions have changed.
10) So while some things may change, there are some things in DC that will hopefully always stay the same.
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