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, Angela, Melissa, Tammy, Mary, Tracy
Michael, James, David, John, Robert, Christopher, William, Brian, Mark, Richard

Federal spending: $195.65 billion
Federal debt $380.9 billion
Unemployment: 3.5%
Gallon of Gas: 36 cents
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06

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:
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 from 1970.

August 12, 1970 – The United States Postal Service was made independent in a postal reform measure for the first time since its creation.

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.

The Ford Pinto was introduced.

March 21, 1970 – The first San Diego Comic-Con International opened at US Grant Hotel.

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, finally touching down gently in a farmer’s field. It earned the nickname “The Cornfield Bomber.”

Microprocessor was  invented.

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, that 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.

On October 4, the National Educational Television ended operations, being succeeded by PBS (Public Broadcasting System) on October 5.

October 26 – Garry Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury debuted in approximately two dozen newspapers in the United States.

The recycling logo was created by a 23 year old Gary Anderson, in, 1970 for a design contest.

On July 4, Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 debuted on LA radio station KIIS, in syndication.

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.

On Friday, February 13, Black Sabbath’s  debut album was released. It is often regarded as the first true heavy metal album.

June 7, 1970:  The Who become the first act to perform rock music (the rock opera, Tommy) at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

September 18 – American musician Jimi Hendrix died at age 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills.

October 4 – American singer Janis Joplin died, at age 27, from an overdose of drugs

Jim Morrison found guilty of “open profanity and indecent exposure” after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969.

September 21 – Monday Night Football debuted on ABC. The Cleveland Browns defeat the New York Jets 31–21 in front of more than 85,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium.

Sep 30 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.

On January 5 – The first episode of the United States soap opera All My Children was broadcast on the ABC.

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

Elvis Presley famously 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 also 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 to National Weather Service, as part of NOAA.

Alvin Toffler published his book Future Shock.

On September 13th, the first New York City Marathon began. Only 55 people finished it.

January 25, 1970,  M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman, 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.

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 is released.

The American Football League and NFL merged, creating the National Football Conference and 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 22, the Boeing 747 made its first commercial passenger trip to London.

Whataburger in Texas and What-A-Burger in Virginia opened about the same time in 1950 but didn’t know of each other’s existence until 1970. They both sued the other, but the court ruled that customers were not likely to 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.

Internal American Strife:
May 4 – Kent State shootings: 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.

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