14 Awesome Things That The ’70s Gave To Us

The ’70s saw the birth of tons of our favorite things. Celebrate the decade of disco with these triumphs and one of its greatest inventions in particular – Miller Lite.

1. Hacky Sack

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1972: John Stalberger and Mike Marshall invent the game as a means to help Marshall recover from knee surgery.

2. Snowboarding

 

1972: Dimitrije Milovich founds Winterstick, the first modern snowboard company, drawing from the 1965 invention of “The Snurfer.”

3. Stunt Kites

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1972: Peter Powell makes a revolutionary dual line stunt kite available to consumers. Four years later, it’s named Great Britain’s “Toy of the Year.”

4. Lip Smackers

 

1973: Cosmetics company Bonne Bell introduces the first strawberry lip pomade.

5. Air Hockey

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1975: The United States Air-Table Hockey Association is formed.

6. Pocket Calculators

 

1970: Pocket-sized calculators are sold for the first time in the U.S.

7. Liposuction

 

1972: Suction-assisted lipolysis (aka “sucking”) is used for the first time as a replacement for curettage (aka “scooping”).

8. Mail Art

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1970: The first public mail art exhibition launches at the Whitney Museum, although such a showcase is decades in the making.

9. Pop Rocks

 

1975: The product is finally offered to the public after food chemist William A. Mitchell patents “carbonated candy” in the ’50s.

10. The Anti-Lock Braking System

 

1970: After years of success on airplanes and motorcycles, a version of computer-operated ABS is made available for cars.

11. The Oregon Trail Video Game

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1971: An eighth grade teacher invents the computer game to help teach history. Today, The Oregon Trail is available on the Nintendo Wii.

12. Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) Screens

 

1972: The first liquid-crystal watch is designed for commercial purposes.

13. Lisa Frank, Inc.

 

1979: Lisa Frank, a self-made artist and jeweler, founds her own company at the age of 24.

14. The High Five

 

1977: Most attribute the invention of the high five to Glenn Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, there are competing theories.

Brought to you by Miller Lite – the Lite beer that invented light beer.

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1975: Beer is changed forever.

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