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Camp David, Devolution, and a Polish Pope
In 1978 Jimmy Carter negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel - The Camp David Agreement was signed in the following year. President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

There was no peace for Northern Ireland that year - the bombing campaigned increased.

Callaghan's constitutional conundrum was devolution. His party was split and although a Bill was introduced it never went through the Commons.

Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II

  • Born near Krakow, Poland
  • Became a priest in 1942
  • Professor of Moral Philosophy in Krakov and Archbishop of Metropolitan Krakov in 1964
  • Made a cardinal in 1967
  • Numerous works include Freedom Of Renewal (1972), plays and poetry
  • Elected Pope in 1978
  • The first non-Italian Pope since the 16th Century
  • Took the name John Paul II, his predecessor John Paul I died within 33 days of becoming Pope
  • His public support of the Solidarity movement in his native Poland added to its international legitimacy

did you know?
In July 1978 Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby was born in Oldham District General Hospital.

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1973 Britain joins the EEC
VAT is introduced
1974 Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister (Labour)
1975 The Sex Discrimination Act is passed
1976 Callaghan becomes Prime Minister (Labour)
Race Relations Act is passed
Concorde makes its first passenger flight
1977 Jimmy Carter becomes President of the USA
1978 Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister (Conservative)
1980 Southern Rhodesia becomes independent and changes its name to Zimbabwe
1981 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer
1982 Britain defeats Argentina in the Falklands War
1983 Margaret Thatcher wins the General Election (Conservative)

Seventies Sports Stars
Geoffrey Boycott
Daley Thompson
Sebastian Coe
Virginia Wade
David Wilkie
John Curry
John Conteh
Jackie Stewart
Gordon Banks
George Best
Mary Peters
Princess Anne

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