- 1969 - The Moon Landing
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" was the quote that was heard in every household on July 20, 1969. JFK's goal to put a man on the moon was achieved as Neil Armstrong and Colonel Buzz Aldrin landed and walked on the surface of the moon.
- 1970 - Postal Service Reorganized
The Post Office Department was reorganized into a government-controlled corporation, the United States Postal Service. The main objectives of this system were to establish a self-sufficient post office and to lessen political interference.
- 1973 - Vietnam War Ends
The United States finally withdrew all of its troops from South Vietnam and stopped all military actions in the Vietnam region. In return the North Vietnamese agreed to release all prisoners of war and account for all of the soldiers listed as missing in action.
- 1972 - New Economic Policy
President Nixon established a war on inflation. Inflation was seen as the enemy of a healthy economy and thus Nixon tried to reduce it to a yearly rate of less than three percent. In doing so, all raises for federal employees were postponed, the number of federal jobs was cut by five percent, a new surcharge was added onto all import duties, and most importantly, the US dollar was no longer valued at any stated amount of gold - it became a floating dollar.
- 1972 - Visit to China
In May of 1972 President Nixon broke a 22-year hostility between the United States and Communist China. He lessened restrictions for entering the United States for the Chinese and agreed to the Communist Chinese taking a seat in the United Nations.
- 1972 - Summit Conference
On May 1972, President Nixon arrived in Moscow to begin a week long visit of conferencing with the U.S.S.R. The two super-countries were ready to conduct joint space missions, have joint research on breast cancer and heart attacks, and cooperate in preventing pollution. The major agreement that came out from the summit was the Strategic Arms Limitation Agreement, which limited the number of both defensive and offensive nuclear missiles owned by each nation.
- 1973 - Energy Crisis
The United States had usually depended on its own oil production. However, by 1972 it was clear that substantial imports were needed to keep the economy going. After the Yom Kippur War in October of 1973 the oil producing nations of the Middle East decided to stop selling oil to the United States. The country experienced major energy shortages.