A Guide to the History of Dallas, Texas

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Timelines of Events in Dallas History: 1970s


n.d.: Ford plant on East Grand Avenue shuts down.

n.d.: Case of Roe v. Wade first heard in federal court in Dallas.


n.d.: First White Rock Marathon is held.

n.d.: The term "Metroplex" is first used to label the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.


August 17: Southern Christian Leadership Conference rally held at Fair Park Band Shell. Speakers include Coretta Scott King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and U. S. Senator Barbara Jordan.

Sept. 5: Classes begin at Richland College, newest addition to Dallas County Community College system.

Sept. 7: Democratic presidential candidate, Senator George McGovern, appears at a political rally in the parking lot of the Fairmount Hotel (arranged by Texas campaign manager and future President Bill Clinton).


Jan. 22: U.S. Supreme Court hands down landmark decision in case of Roe v. Wade, which began as a court case in Dallas in 1970.


Jan. 13: DFW International Airport opens for commercial service.



n.d.: Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden at former DeGolyer Estate is opened.

n.d.: When Dallas Mayor Wes Wise resigns to run for Congress, Councilwoman Adlene Harrison becomes first female Jewish mayor (interim) of a major U.S. city.

October 9: President Gerald Ford participates in State Fair opening day ceremonies at Hall of State.


n.d.: Town of Renner annexed by Dallas.


n.d.: New I.M. Pei-designed city hall opens.

n.d.: Texxas World Music Festival held at Cotton Bowl.


n.d.: Bryan Place housing project, near downtown Dallas, opens.

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