This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1970s.

1970

December

1st

1971

1971 or 1972

January

4th

March

March to May

  • Doctor Manhattan uses his mental abilities to decimate the Viet Cong forces. Ultimately, Several of the Viet Cong soldiers surrender directly to him, their terror balanced by an almost religious reverence.[1]

April

16th

May

31st

In or Before June 1971

June

  • The Vietnam War lasts a few weeks longer than expected, finally ending when Doctor Manhattan decimates the Việt Cộng’s guerrilla forces by molecularly restructuring the jungles in which they hide into noxious gases.[6]

29th

In or After June 29th, 1971

30th

July

1st

  • Eddie Blake is court-martialed for killing the pregnant Vietnamese woman. To keep his identity a secret, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff conduct the trial privately. He admits to the shooting, claims it was in self-defense since she was attacking him.[6]

Mid-1971

September

11th

  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff, presiding over Eddie Blake's court-martial for killing an unarmed civilian in Saigon, dismiss all charges, citing a lack of evidence.[6]

November

1972

  • Max Shea takes up work as an art therapist at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; he facilitates an art therapy program for Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD. Their poignant stories of shattered worldview and guilty conscience inspires Shea to write Fogdancing.[11][12]

March

5th

24th

June

17th

  • Five men are arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.. The FBI finds a possible connection to Richard Nixon's campaign, the Committee for the Reelection of the President.[13]

September

11th

November

7th

In or After 1972

1973

The Comedian's banquet

January

March

14th

Between December 6th, 1973 and October 12th, 1985

1974

  • Rorschach investigates a kidnap case that "drives him nuts".[8]

February

6th

March

29th

August

9th

  • A rally protesting against the repeal of the 22nd Amendment takes place in Washington, D.C., which Nelson Gardner attends.[7]
  • On his way home, Nelson Gardner loses control of his car and crashes into a barrier at a high rate of speed. He ejects through the front windshield and is decapitated. His severed head is never recovered.[7]

1975

  • Newspaper headline: "Third Term for Dick?" and "Ozymandias Quits: Smartest Man in World Goes Public."[1]
  • Gerald Anthony Grice kidnaps six-year-old Blair Roche thinking she was connected to the Roche Chemicals fortune. When he realizes his mistakes he murders her in the abandoned Modern Modes building. Rorschach intervenes and kills him.[20]
  • Rorschach's activities become more brutal in the wake of the Blair Roche kidnapping case.
  • Fast and safe airships are announced to become economically viable.
  • Will Reeves buys the movie theater where he used to work.

Birth of Rorscach

January

20th

March

3rd

July

12th

1976

January

11th

15th

September

November

2nd

22nd

In or Before 1977

  • While pursuing a dope dealer, Dan Dreiberg takes a moment to urinate. By the time he finishes and dons his costume, his quarry escapes. Afterward, Dreiberg redesigns his outfit to make it easier to relieve himself in the future.
  • For a time, Rorschach types his journal entries instead of writing them by hand.

1977

March

  • The Twilight Lady is released from prison after nine years. Returning to her now dilapidated Upper East Side mansion, she resumes the vice trade.

April

  • The New York City Police Union enters into negotiations with the city council regarding their annual pay raise. The council denies the request on the grounds that masked adventurers have been doing the cops' job for them.

12th

  • The New York Gazette's front page headline reads "City Council Denies Cops Raise!" Upon reading the article, Adrian Veidt deems the council's decision shortsighted.

The Comedian over the rioters

June

August

3rd

29th

October

14th

After October 23rd, 1977

  • Dan Dreiberg begins writing occasional articles for ornithological journals.

1978

  • United States Congress issues a joint resolution authorizing Vietnam to draft a state constitution.

August

28th

  • Devo's debut studio album Q. Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is released, featuring the songs "Space Junk" and "Mongoloid".[13][11]

September

6th

22nd

1979

February

August

14th

  • Pursued by a police officer, Rorschach runs into an ally. A cab driver recognizes him and offers him a ride, calling the fugitive his hero in the war against sinners, politicians, and false prophets. The vigilante later records a journal entry describing the conversation.[6]

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