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Guess the Year 12-28-09

Dorothy Miller
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This year John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were found guilty of the Watergate cover-up.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La., to win Super Bowl IX,

In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commenced nearly two months early in the United States.

Charlie Chaplin was knighted by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.

“The Rocky Horror Show” opened on Broadway in New York City with four performances.

Bill Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Vietnam War ended as Communist forces took Saigon, resulting in mass evacuations of Americans and South Vietnamese. As the capital was taken, South Vietnam surrendered unconditionally.

The Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park opened in Virginia.

Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Fugitive Patricia Hearst was captured in San Francisco.

On September 17 of this year a young woman named Lynette Fromme, approached president Gerald Ford and raised a .45 caliber handgun toward him. Before she was able to fire off a shot, Secret Service agents tackled her and wrestled her to the ground. After Fromme’s assassination attempt, Ford continued on to the California Capitol to speak on crime.

Lynette Fromme, nicknamed “Squeaky,” was a member of the group, who followed cult leader Manson. Manson and other members of his “family” were convicted and sentenced to prison for murdering former actress Sharon Tate. Later Fromme and other female members of the cult started an order of “nuns” within a new group called the International People’s Court of Retribution. This group terrorized corporate executives who headed environmentally destructive businesses. Fromme herself was still so enamored of Manson that she devised the plot to kill President Ford in order to win Manson’s approval.

Fromme was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison in West Virginia.

Seventeen days later, another woman, Sarah Jane Moore, a mentally unstable accountant, tried to assassinate Ford while he was in San Francisco. A bystander grabbed the woman’s arm when she raised the gun. She fired one shot but it did not find its target. The bystander, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran named Oliver Sipple, was publicly thanked by Ford three days later.

Ford’s second would-be assassin, Moore, was imprisoned in the same facility and escaped. She turned herself in two days later and, like Fromme, was transferred to a higher-security penitentiary.

Pogo the daily comic strip ended this year. The strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropomorphic funny animal characters.

The Hughes Helicopters made its first flight.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Cincinnati Reds in game six off Carlton Fisk’s 12th-inning home run to cap off what many considered to be the best World Series game ever played.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Gerald Ford.

George Lucas created the second draft of what would eventually become “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

“Jaws” became the first movie to ever gross $100 million in North America.

“The Wiz,” a new version of the classic “The Wizard of Oz” story, opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theater in New York City.

The Alice Cooper stage show for “Welcome to My Nightmare” became the largest stage spectacle of the decade.

Popular songs this year were: “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Elton John, “Mandy,” “Please Mr. Postman” by The Carpenters, “Laughter in the Rain,” “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt, “Have You Never Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton-John, “My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver.

McLean Stevenson’s character Henry Blake was killed in the “M*A*S*H” episode Abyssinia, Henry.

“Wheel of Fortune” premiered on NBC’s daytime lineup. “Baretta,” starring Robert Blake, premiered on ABC, and “Barney Miller” on ABC.

The Denver Parade of Lights began this year. It Featured a lively procession of floats, marching bands, dance troupes and all manner of costumed characters.

Can you guess the year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1863. Congratulations to Jacqueline Richardson of Humboldt, Ariz., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This year John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were found guilty of the Watergate cover-up.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La., to win Super Bowl IX,

In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commenced nearly two months early in the United States.

Charlie Chaplin was knighted by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.

“The Rocky Horror Show” opened on Broadway in New York City with four performances.

Bill Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Vietnam War ended as Communist forces took Saigon, resulting in mass evacuations of Americans and South Vietnamese. As the capital was taken, South Vietnam surrendered unconditionally.

The Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park opened in Virginia.

Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Fugitive Patricia Hearst was captured in San Francisco.

On September 17 of this year a young woman named Lynette Fromme, approached president Gerald Ford and raised a .45 caliber handgun toward him. Before she was able to fire off a shot, Secret Service agents tackled her and wrestled her to the ground. After Fromme’s assassination attempt, Ford continued on to the California Capitol to speak on crime.

Lynette Fromme, nicknamed “Squeaky,” was a member of the group, who followed cult leader Manson. Manson and other members of his “family” were convicted and sentenced to prison for murdering former actress Sharon Tate. Later Fromme and other female members of the cult started an order of “nuns” within a new group called the International People’s Court of Retribution. This group terrorized corporate executives who headed environmentally destructive businesses. Fromme herself was still so enamored of Manson that she devised the plot to kill President Ford in order to win Manson’s approval.

Fromme was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison in West Virginia.

Seventeen days later, another woman, Sarah Jane Moore, a mentally unstable accountant, tried to assassinate Ford while he was in San Francisco. A bystander grabbed the woman’s arm when she raised the gun. She fired one shot but it did not find its target. The bystander, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran named Oliver Sipple, was publicly thanked by Ford three days later.

Ford’s second would-be assassin, Moore, was imprisoned in the same facility and escaped. She turned herself in two days later and, like Fromme, was transferred to a higher-security penitentiary.

Pogo the daily comic strip ended this year. The strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropomorphic funny animal characters.

The Hughes Helicopters made its first flight.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Cincinnati Reds in game six off Carlton Fisk’s 12th-inning home run to cap off what many considered to be the best World Series game ever played.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Gerald Ford.

George Lucas created the second draft of what would eventually become “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

“Jaws” became the first movie to ever gross $100 million in North America.

“The Wiz,” a new version of the classic “The Wizard of Oz” story, opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theater in New York City.

The Alice Cooper stage show for “Welcome to My Nightmare” became the largest stage spectacle of the decade.

Popular songs this year were: “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Elton John, “Mandy,” “Please Mr. Postman” by The Carpenters, “Laughter in the Rain,” “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt, “Have You Never Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton-John, “My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver.

McLean Stevenson’s character Henry Blake was killed in the “M*A*S*H” episode Abyssinia, Henry.

“Wheel of Fortune” premiered on NBC’s daytime lineup. “Baretta,” starring Robert Blake, premiered on ABC, and “Barney Miller” on ABC.

The Denver Parade of Lights began this year. It Featured a lively procession of floats, marching bands, dance troupes and all manner of costumed characters.

Can you guess the year?

***

Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1863. Congratulations to Jacqueline Richardson of Humboldt, Ariz., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.


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