1970 Facts, Fun Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1970
Top Ten Baby Names of 1970
Jennifer, Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle, Amy, Angela, Melissa, Tammy, Mary, Tracy
Federal spending: $195.65 billion
Federal debt $380.9 billion
Gallon of Gas: 36 cents
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06
Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols
Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Catherine Deneuve, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Diana Ross, Cheryl Tiegs, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Raquel Welch
Leading Men and Hollywood Heartthrobs
Warren Beatty, Tom Jones, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley
“It’s not easy being green.”
“I told my coach, ‘Jimi Hendrix just died, and I’m quitting the team to become a guitar player.'”
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
“It’s the real thing.”
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year
Pamela Eldred (West Bloomfield, MI)
Deborah Shelton (Virginia)
The Scandal/Nerd News
Project Bluebook was the U.S. government’s study of UFOs from 1952 through 1970. A 14-part report was issued, but chapter 13 was mysteriously missing. It still is.
World & US History
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT, was signed. The goal is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy.
The Expo ’70 World’s Fair opened in Suita, Osaka, Japan.
An unsuccessful attempt to land on the moon was postponed with the Apollo 13 mission to the moon accident. Astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise all survived.
Four students at Kent State University in Ohio, USA, were killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen at a protest against the incursion into Cambodia. #KentStateShootings
Four days after the Kent State Shooting, The Hard Hat Riot took place. Unionized construction workers attacked about 1,000 students and others protesting the Kent State shootings near the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street and at New York City Hall.
The first Earth Day was celebrated.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) began operations.
The Liberian-registered tanker Pacific Glory spilled nearly 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the English Channel.
The ‘Chicago Seven’ defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the Democrat National Convention in Chicago (1968). The Court of Appeals later overturned it.
The US lowered the voting age to 18 from 21.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was founded. Also, the Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed into international law, providing a unified procedure for filing and protecting patent applications.
RIP Rock Stars
1970 Pop Culture Facts & History
The ‘blue raspberry’ flavor was created by the makers of ICEEs in 1970 to distinguish raspberry from their popular cherry flavor.
The longest-running active commercial is the Tootsie Pop ‘How Many Licks’ ad in 1970.
Tarawood Antigone, a four-year-old Burmese cat, gave birth to 19 kittens. Fourteen males and one female survived from the litter in Oxfordshire, UK.
A fighter pilot, Captain Gary Faust, was forced to eject during a training mission. His plane, a Convair F-106 Delta Dart, later righted itself and continued flying for miles, touching down gently in a farmer’s field. It earned the nickname “The Cornfield Bomber.”
The Microprocessor was invented.
The Ford Pinto, The Chevrolet Vega, the Citroën SM, and the AMC Gremlin were introduced.
The world’s first jumbo-jet, the Boeing 747, carried out the first commercial flight.
Unix time (aka Epoch time, POSIX time, UNIX Epoch time) is a system for describing a point in time. It is the number of seconds that have elapsed since the Unix epoch, which is the time 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970, minus leap seconds.
The word ‘Spam’ used in junk emails comes from a sketch on BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1970.
23-year-old Gary Anderson created the recycling logo in 1970 for a design contest.
The North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City reached 1,368 feet, making it the tallest building in the world.
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) made a plan to slip President Richard Nixon 600 micrograms of LSD when she was invited to a tea party at the White House by Nixon’s daughter in 1970, but she was turned away by security at the door.
Rocker Peter Gabriel played the flute part on the 1970 track Katmandu by Cat Stevens.
George Harrison was the first and last Beatle to have a U.S. No.1 with My Sweet Lord in 1970 and Got My Mind Set on You in 1988.
Jim Morrison was found guilty of “open profanity and indecent exposure” after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969.
The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 took place. Artists included Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull.
In 1970, Totes brought the first quality folding umbrella to U.S. markets.
Elvis Presley met US President Richard Nixon in the White House.
US President Richard Nixon signed a bill (The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act) limiting cigarette advertisements as of Jan 1, 1971.
President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law in December.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) began operating.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed into international law, providing a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions.
Douglas Engelbart received the patent (#3,541,541) for the first computer mouse, an “X-Y position indicator for a display system.”
The Weather Bureau was renamed the National Weather Service as part of NOAA.
Alvin Toffler published his book Future Shock.
The American Football League and the NFL merged, creating the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
Krazy Glue was introduced in 1970, although the main ingredient, cyanoacrylate, was discovered in 1942 by Harry Coover while working for Kodak.
On January 5 – The first episode of the soap opera All My Children was broadcast on the ABC.
On January 22, the Boeing 747 made its first commercial passenger trip to London.
January 25, 1970, M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman and starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, was released.
On March 5, Airport, based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, was released.
March 21, 1970 – The first San Diego Comic-Con International opened at the US Grant Hotel.
June 7, 1970: The Who became the first to perform rock music (the rock opera, Tommy) at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
On July 4, Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 debuted on LA radio station KIIS in syndication.
August 12, 1970 – The United States Postal Service was made independent in a postal reform measure for the first time since its creation.
On September 13th, the first New York City Marathon began. Only 55 people finished it.
Sep 30: The New American Bible was published. It is the only translation approved for use at Mass in the Roman Catholic dioceses of the United States and has been revised several times.
October 26 – Garry Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury debuted in approximately two dozen newspapers in the United States.
December 16: Love Story, a film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, was released.
Whataburger in Texas and What-A-Burger in Virginia opened about the same time in 1950, but they didn’t know of each other’s existence until 1970. They both sued the other, but the court ruled that customers would not likely be confused about whether the burgers served came from Texas or Virginia.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1970: $78,000
Pop Culture Mystery
Isdal Woman Mystery: In November 1970, the badly burned body of a woman was found in a remote spot in Norway’s Isdalen valley. Someone had cut the labels off her clothes and scraped distinctive marks off her belongings. Police uncovered a trail of coded messages, disguises, and fake identities.
The cool kids were reading Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip.
1st Appearances & 1970’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents
Stylophone musical toy, Mastermind, Whizzer
Best Film Oscar Winner
Midnight Cowboy (presented in 1970)
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1970
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
1970 Most Popular TV Shows
1. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
1970 Billboard Number One Songs
December 12 – December 25:
December 26, 1970 – January 22, 1971:
1970 United States Census
Total US Population: 203,302,031
World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)