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The 7 Series was launched in 1977 with the introduction of the E23.

E23

The E23 was introduced in May 1977 and was BMW's replacement for the E3 2500-3.3Li New Six models.


 

The 6 Series was born in 1976 with the introduction of the E24.

BMW 6 Series

The successor to the E9 3.0CSi coupe, the 6 Series E24 sport coupes were produced starting in March 1976.


 

The 3 Series was born in 1975 with the introduction of the E21.

E21

The 320i with the M10 engine was offered as a premium E21 model. Its 1990cc M10 had K-Jetronic injection and developed 129 hp.


 

Launched in 1972 with the 520i, the 5 Series was expanded for 1978.

520

In 1974, BMW introduced the 518 in Europe, Australia and other markets using the four-cylinder 1800cc engine. In the USA, six cylinder engines were used for the 530 (carbureted) and 530i (injected) models.

 

1978's Events

The Deer Hunter (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep) wins the Oscar for Best Picture. Other top movies are Animal House (Chevy Chase and John Belushi), Superman (Christopher Reeve), Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) and Halloween (Jamie Lee Curtis, directed by John Carpenter).

Kiss and Village People top the music charts, while The Incredible Hulk premieres on television.

Camp David Accords peace agreement is signed between Israel and Egypt.

First human birth, girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization (the test tube baby).

Pope Paul VI dies at age of 80. The new Pope, John Paul I, age 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office on September 28. He is succeeded by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II on October 16.

The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law.

Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective ozone layer.

The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).

Reverend Jim Jones's 900 followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink.

President of Mexican town of Coacalaco, Josť Ramon del Cuet, is forced to eat 12 pounds of bananas and then resign.

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