Originally created 06/28/99

Nixon resignation tops news stories of 1970s



The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.

Based on The Chronicle's INFOLINE poll, here's how readers in the Augusta-Aiken area ranked the big news events of the century's eighth decade. The numbers in parentheses show how many votes were cast for each event.

We'll publish readers' rankings of events from subsequent decades on Mondays through mid-July.

The top-ranked events of the '70s are:

1974:

President Richard M. Nixon resigns after the Watergate scandal. (6 votes)

1973:

U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade legalizes abortion. (5 votes)

1975:

Bill Gates and Paul Allen start Microsoft Corp. to develop software for Altair computer. (5 votes)

1977:

First mass-market personal computers produced. (2 votes)

1975:

North Vietnamese forces take over Saigon, ending the Vietnam War. (1 vote)