1970 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

1970 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

Quick Facts from 1970:

  • World Changing Event: The United States stopped commercial whale hunting.
  • How Much is Peanut Butter? In 1959 the FDA proposed a standard for peanut butter that was not finalized until a decision by the U.S District Court of Appeals in 1970. The final standard required a 90% peanut content.
  • The Top Song was Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkle
  • Influential Songs include: 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago, Get Up by James Brown, Ball of Confusion by The Temptations and Lola by The Kinks
  • The Movies to Watch include M*A*S*H, Woodstock, Patton, Five Easy Pieces, Patton, Love Story, Catch 22, Tora! Tora! Tora!, THX 1138 and The Aristocats
  • San Diego Comic-Con International opened at the Grant Hotel
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Paul Newman
  • Notable books include: The Late, Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey and Love Story by Erich Segal
  • Price of a movie ticket in 1970: $1.55
  • On March 12, the US voting age was lowered to 18, from 21.
  • Movie Rating “M” changed to “PG”
  • The Funny Troupe was: Firesign Theater
    The Funny Late Night Host: Johnny Carson
  • The Conversation: Students Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent State Ohio. Nine more were wounded. The conversation about teh Vienam War peaked at this time.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1970:
Jennifer, Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle, Amy, Michael, James, David, John, Robert

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
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

Sex Symbols, Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
Warren Beatty, Tom Jones, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley

“The Quotes:”
“It’s not easy being green”
– Kermit the Frog

“I told my coach, ‘Jimi Hendrix just died, and I’m quitting the team to become a guitar player'”
– Joe Satriani

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
– Ali MacGraw in ‘Love Story’

“It’s the real thing”
– Coca-Cola

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Willy Brandt

Miss America:
Pamela Eldred (West Bloomfield, MI)

Miss USA:
Deborah Shelton (Virginia)

The Scandals:
Rock and Roll Deaths: Jimi Hendrix (chocked on drug-induced vomit), Janis Joplin (heroin overdose)

The Scandal/Nerd News:
Project Bluebook was the U.S. government’s study on UFOs from 1952 through 1970. A 14 part report was issued, but chapter 13 was mysteriously missing. It still is.

Pop Culture News:
Tarawood Antigone, a four-year-old Burmese cat gave birth to 19 kittens. 14 males and one female survived from the litter in Oxfordshire, UK.

Microprocessor was  invented.

In 1970, Totes brought the first quality folding umbrella to U.S. markets.

1970 – Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.

Krazy Glue was introduced in 1970, although the main ingredient, cyanoacrylate, was discovered in 1942 by Harry Coover while working for Kodak.

Boeing’s Jumbo Jet, the 747 debuted.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1970: $78,000

The Habit:
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)

Broadway Show – Sleuth (Play) Opened on November 12, 1970 and Closed: October 13, 1973

Popular and Notable Books From 1970:
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Bless the Beasts and Children by Glensin Swarthout
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Deliverance by James Dickey
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) by David Reuben
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell
The Greening of America by Charles A. Reich
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway
The Late, Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey
Love Story by Erich Segal
Play As It Lays by Joan Didion
QB VII by Leon Uris
Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw
The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt
The Selling of the President 1968 by Joe McGinniss
The Sensuous Woman by J (Joan Garrity)
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
Up the Organization by Robert Townsend
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles

1970 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)
3. Here’s Lucy (CBS)
4. Ironside (NBC)
5. Gunsmoke (CBS)
6. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
7. Medical Center (CBS)
8. Bonanza (NBC)
9. The F.B.I. (ABC)
10. The Mod Squad (ABC)

1970 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 27, 1969 – January 2, 1970:
Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & The Supremes

January 3 – January 30:
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B. J. Thomas

January 31 – February 6:
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

February 7 – February 13:
Venus – The Shocking Blue

February 14 – February 27:Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody is a Star – Sly & The Family Stone

February 28 – April 10:
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

April 11 – April 24:
Let It Be – The Beatles

April 25 – May 8:
ABC – The Jackson 5

May 9 – May 29:
American Woman – The Guess Who

May 30 – June 12:
Everything Is Beautiful – Ray Stevens

June 13 – June 26:
The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles

June 27 – July 10:
The Love You Save – The Jackson 5

July 11 – July 24:
Mama Told Me (Not To Come) – Three Dog Night

July 25 – August 21:
(They Long To Be) Close To You – The Carpenters

August 22 – August 28:
Make It With You – Bread

August 29 – September 18:
War – Edwin Starr

September 19 – October 9:
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

October 10 – October 16:
Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond

October 17 – November 20:
I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5

November 21 – December 12:
I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family

December 12 – December 25:
The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

December 26, 1970 – January 22, 1971:
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

1970 United States Census:
Total US Population: 203,302,031
1. New York, New York – 7,894,862
2. Chicago, Illinois – 3,366,957
3. Los Angeles, California – 2,816,061
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1,948,609
5. Detroit, Michigan – 1,511,482
6. Houston, Texas – 1,232,802
7. Baltimore, Maryland – 905,759
8. Dallas, Texas – 844,401 .
9. Washington, District of Columbia – 756,510
10. Cleveland, Ohio – 750,903

World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles
Superbowl IV Champions: Kansas City Chiefs
NBA Champions: New York Knicks
Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
U.S. Open Golf Tony Jacklin
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Ken Rosewall/Margaret Smith Court
Wimbledon (Men/Women): John Newcombe/Margaret Court
NCAA Football Champions: Nebraska & Ohio State & Texas
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Dust Commander
World Cup (Soccer): Brazil

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