- The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is underway throughout the 1970s. (Trojan Horse)
- The Weathermen and the Red Brigade are active during the 70s. (Chaos Theory)
- Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford serve as President of the United States during the 1970s. (24: The Ultimate Guide)
- An earthquake in Nicaragua kills tens of thousands and levels ninety percent of the capital, Managua. (Vanishing Point)
- Lucy Stiles works at the Crystal Palace in Los Angeles. (Trojan Horse)
- Beverly Chang and her family emigrate from China to the United States, leaving behind her sister and grandparents. (Vanishing Point)
- A Cadillac parked near Smiley Lopez's house is manufactured. (Chaos Theory)
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