Brian Gormley, Dean of the School of Visual Arts in NY, presented Sri Chinmoy with its ‘Contribution to the Arts’ award.
The CN Tower in Toronto, the world’s tallest free-standing structure at 553m, opened to the public.
Inspired by Sri Chinmoy, a group of runners set out from the Statue of Liberty on an 8,800-mile ‘Liberty Torch Relay Run’ across America to celebrate the US Bicentennial.
Sri Chinmoy began cycling again for the first time since he came to the West.
The Sacred Fire was performed for a Heritage Festival at Rockefeller Plaza in NY.
North and South Vietnam were officially reunited.
Bicentennial Celebrations took place across the US to mark 200 years of independence.
The Puerto Rican Socialist Party led 50,000 marchers in Philadelphia to demand a “Bicentennial without colonies” and independence for Puerto Rico.
Sri Chinmoy conducted a 13-hour public meditation at the Bandshell in New York’s Central Park in honour of the Bicentennial.
Sri Chinmoy offered an outdoor concert at the Damrosch Amphitheatre at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at an ecumenical service for delegates to the Democratic National Convention and his play The Sacred Fire was performed.
Indonesia annexed East Timor. The act was not recognised by the UN.
Sri Chinmoy met with UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheimin his office.
The Summer Olympics opened in Montreal.
Governor Hernández Colón of Puerto Rico declared Sri Chinmoy “a Distinguished Guest and Honorary Resident of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico”.
The Viking 1 robot spaceship made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
American boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard (b. 1956) won an Olympic gold medal in Montreal.
During the Olympic gymnastics competition, Nadia Comăneciof Romania scored 7 perfect tens and won 3 gold medals.
Trinidad and Tobago became a republic.
Sri Chinmoy’s song O My America was performed at the Mets vs. Montreal baseball game at Shea Stadium, NY.
Sri Chinmoy drew ‘The Golden Boat’, which became the emblem of the Sri Chinmoy Centres.
10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrated for peace in Northern Ireland.
Sri Chinmoy received a commendation from the President’s Council on Sports and Physical Fitness for his offering to sport in the USA.
The Liberty Torch runners completed their historic journey on the steps of Federal Hall in Manhattan, where they were greeted by NY's Mayor Beame, Police Chief Carl Ravens and a representative of NY’s Governor Carey.
Sri Chinmoy offered a 7-hour public meditation at All Angels’ Church, Manhattan.
Jacques Chirac resigned as Prime Minister of France.
At a Sports Day for his students, Sri Chinmoy ran 100 metres in 14.7 sec, threw the 8-lb shot put 9.21m, the 1-kg discus 27.9m and javelin 28.19m.
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There was an exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s original paintings at a gallery on Greene St, Manhattan.
On the occasion of his 45th birthday, Sri Chinmoy performed on 27 different musical instruments.
Queens Borough President Donald Manes declared the day 'Sri Chinmoy Day' in honour of Sri Chinmoy’s birthday. The proclamation was read out by NY City Councilman Morton Povman.
Mayor Abraham Beame extended the official appreciation of the people of the City of New York to Sri Chinmoy on his 45th birthday.
Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at the annual convention of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, Princeton University Chapel.
Mao Zedong, Chinese Communist Party Chairman (1949-76) died in Beijing at age 82.
Sri Chinmoy and members of the UN Meditation group observed the anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld’s death in the Meditation Room of the UN (which the Secretary-General had designed).
The rock band U2 was formed in Dublin.
Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton to retain his world heavyweight boxing title.
The Great Seal of the State of California was presented to Sri Chinmoy by March Fong Eu, Secretary of State, as a “token of lasting friendship” and an exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s paintings opened at One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s paintings was held in the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in conjunction with a talk by Janaka Alan Spence.
Vasant Rai performed on sarod at a private concert for Sri Chinmoy and his students.
Sri Chinmoy left New York for a visit to Puerto Rico.
Sri Chinmoy was named an Official Guest of Honour of Ponce, Puerto Rico by Mayor Luis Morales. He also planted a meditation tree in Ponce and offered an esraj concert at the Museo del Arte.
Mayor Angel Berrios of Caguas, Puerto Rico, proclaimed the day Sri Chinmoy Day. Sri Chinmoy offered an esraj concert at the Casa Blanca Concert Hall in Caguas.
Sri Chinmoy had a meeting with the President of the Puerto Rican Senate, Juan Cancel Rios; he offered a private meditation and esraj performance for the Governor of Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernández Colón, and his wife; and he offered an esraj concert at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to stop the bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
Mayor George Moscone of San Francisco proclaimed this day ‘Sri Chinmoy Day’ in honour of Sri Chinmoy’s visit.
Sri Chinmoy attended the opening of an exhibition of his paintings in San Francisco.
A display of 200 of Sri Chinmoy’s artworks opened in the foyer of City Hall, Ottawa, at the invitation of Mayor Lorry Greenberg. Sri Chinmoy donated one of his paintings to the City and it subsequently hung in the office of the Mayor.
Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald R. Ford to become the 39th President of the USA.
The UN General Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa.
Sri Chinmoy opened an exhibition of his paintings in Washington DC.
Sri Chinmoy left NY for Ottawa where he gave an esraj concert at the Museum of Man. A number of his paintings were on display for the occasion.
Sri Chinmoy returned to Room 233 of the Sheraton El Mirador Hotel in Ottawa where he had done his first painting, a red rose, two years previously.