To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee some interesting facts from the decade 1972 - 1982
9th May 2012
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Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 in Suffolk

With four weeks left to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations I thought that it would be fun to bring you some interesting facts from the six decades spanning from The Coronation in 1952 to her Diamond Jubilee milestone this June 2012. Last week we covered the decade 1962 - 1972.

This week, in a fashionable colour of the decade (brown), we will have a quick peek into the years from 1972 – 1982

1972 -Terrorist attack at the Munich Olympic Games. e-mail invented.  Beginning of Watergate scandal. Introduction of pocket calculators.
Skateboard invented.

1973 -    End of the Vietnam war.  Abortion legalised in the US.  Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.  Computer "C" programming language final development.

1974 -    Stephen Hawking proposed new Black Hole theory counter to Einstein’s theory. India conducts its first nuclear test.  China's famous terracotta army figures discovered in Xi'an province.

1975 -   Microsoft was founded.  Lebanon civil war began. First home computer, the Altair, launched.

1976 -    First artificial gene created in a test tube.  First Cray Supercomputer launched.  Tangshan Earthquake kills over 240,000 people.  First report that spray cans damage the earth's ozone layer released.

1977 -    MRI first used to map the brain and other parts of the body.  Elvis Presley dies.  The first Star Wars movie.  Electrical blackout in New York City leaves 9 million in the dark for 2 days.

1978 -   First test tube baby born in England.  Ultrasound first used.  Garfield the cat was created.  The Winter of Discontent - widespread strikes by trade unions the most memorable being refuse collectors and grave diggers.

1979 -   Margaret Thatcher became the first female British prime minister. Iranian students stormed the US embassy and held 52 hostage for 444 days.  Sony introduced the walkman.  Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

1980 -   Janus, moon of Saturn, was proven due to the Voyager 1 probe.
Mount St. Helens, in the USA erupted causing severe loss of life.

1981 -   A Royal marriage! - Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales.  Ronald Reagon became the 40th President of the United States.
MTV was launched.

1982 -   A Royal birth! - Prince William was born to Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

The 1970s was of course also the time of disco, bell-bottoms, platforms, glam rock, side burns, lava lamps, high-tech architecture, the rise of the Gay Movement, the start of the science fiction phenomenon, punk rock, hard rock and heavy metal.  The Feminist Movement, The Godfather, Love Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jaws and The Exorcist.  The rise of musicians such as Dawid Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Abba, Boney M, Bee Gees, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Queen, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley.

.........and let's not forget the Spacehopper!

Car of the Decade
The Ford Cortina.

Well known catch phrases of the decade.
'Winter of Discontent'
'Can you dig it!'

Recipe of the Decade - Quiche Lorraine
Quiche Lorraine

One 7-inch flan case
4 rashers diced bacon
4 oz thinly sliced Cheddar cheese
2 eggs
¼ pint single cream
Salt and cayenne pepper

Method; Fry bacon and drain well. Arrange in base of flan case, cover with sliced cheese. Beat eggs, cream and seasonings together, and pour into flan case. Bake in hot oven, 425oF, gas mark 5 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to moderately hot 375oF, gas mark 5 for a further 25 minutes. Serve hot.

1970’s Cocktail - Gin Martini
Every bar in town was serving these in this decade!

    * 2 1/2 oz gin
    * 1/2 oz dry vermouth
    * 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
    * orange or Angostura bitters (optional)


   1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
   2. Stir for 30 seconds.
   3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
   4. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired
   5. Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.

2012 - Local Jubilee event
Woodbridge – Elmhurst Park Diamond Jubilee Celebration:
See Choose Woodbridge

•    Live Music
•    Punch and Judy
•    Live Theatre Show
•    Swing Band
•    Motorised Racing Cars for Children
•    Belly Dancers
•    Food Stalls
•    Marquee
1PM TO 5PM – BRING A PICNIC AND ENJOY THE DAY  Visit Choose Woodbridge

Don't forget to check our events page thebestof events for news & updates on all the great Jubilee Celebration events taking place in the region. Sign up as a member for free and receive our regular local newsletter containing offers, events and recommended local businesses.

Right Royal Ghosts!
In their book, 'Local Curiosities' Ivan Bunn and Mike Burgess mention that a phantom soldier, 'Has been seen standing by the second cannon from the right as one approaches from the road'. The mystery as to who he was or why he haunts was answered some three years later. Whilst on an evening stroll in September, 1979 a couple saw the ghost and recognised the style of uniform worn. Further research revealed that the guns were fired in salute during a Royal visit in the 1800's but, perhaps due to faulty maintenance or lack of experience in gunnery, one of the cannons exploded killing the soldier.

News Flash!

To help residents make the most of the local opportunities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Suffolk Coastal has announced that all its car parks will be free on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4.

Suffolk council are not charging any village or town to hold a Diamond Jubilee street party this summer!

There are currently 69 road closures in preparation for street parties accross Suffolk and we will let you have more details as they are confirmed.

Tune in next week for 1982 - 1992!

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