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Nineteen Seventy

1970 Airport 110



President:    Richard Nixon
Vice President:    Spiro Agnew
Population of USA:        198,712,056 approx.
World population       3,692,492,000 approx.
Life expectancy:   70.5 years
Unemployment 3.8%
Average Income $ 9,350.00
Minimum wage $ 1.40 per hour
Cost of new house $ 23,400.00
A 3 bedroom “Country Ranch” with 10 acres and barn in Vallejo CA $ 59,200.00 in 1970
Cost of new car $ 4,785.00 (Dodge Colt)
Cost of 1st class stamp $ .05
Cost of gallon of gas $ .36
Price of a dozen eggs $ . 49
Price of gallon of milk $ 1.03
Price of Miracle Whip $ 1.09 (quart)
Price of a CB radio $ 147.00
Price of 8 track stereo $ 38.99

NEWS of 1970

The Gallup poll of “most admired men” rate Nixon first, Billy Graham second and Spiro Agnew third.

The British Navy abolishes the “daily rum rations” ending a 283 year old tradition

Black lights and psychedelic posters are all the rage

Furry fuzzy feet rugs are in

The first episode of All My Children is broadcast on ABC

The first “unleaded” engines are introduced

The Magic-cube flash is introduced

Jeffrey MacDonald kills wife and children claiming “drugged out hippies did it”

The 1970 World Expo opens in Suita, Osaka Japan

USPO goes on strike in NY.  Spreads to 210,000 employess across the nation and lasts 2 weeks (Nixon assigns National Guards to work in NY post offices)

The Concorde makes it’s maiden supersonic flight (700 mph)

NASA’s first satellite “Explorer I” re-enters Earth’s atmosphere after 12 years of being in space

First Quartz watches are introduced from Seiko starting at $1,250.00

Nixon signs the “Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act” banning cigarette ads from television starting January 1, 1971.

Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert) is launched and has to return after 4 days due to an exploded oxygen tank.

The first EARTH DAY is celebrated in the USA

China launches it’s first satellite

The USA invades Cambodia to seek out Viet Cong. (yeah, that went well)

The Kent State Shooting takes place (4 students die and 9 wounded) in protest of the invasion of Cambodia.

Lubbock Texas is hit with a category F5 tornado hitting downtown (28 people die)

Thor Heyerdahl leaves on his papyrus boat “Ra II” to sail the Atlantic Ocean

Soviet Union launches a 2 man spacecraft “Soyuz 9” successfully

Nixon signs a measure lowering the voting age to 18

USA gets first female Generals Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington

Colorado State College changes it’s name to University of Northern Colorado

Three Rivers Stadium opens in Pittsburg PA

NBC anchor Chet Huntley retires from fulltime broadcasting

The USA sinks 418 containers of nerve gas off the Bahamas (in the Gulf Stream)

There is an assassination attempt on King Hussein of Jordan

September 13th, the first New York City Marathon is run.

The Wichita State University football team crashes in Colorado killing most of the players) on their way to Utah.

PBS begins broadcasting

Anwar Sadat is accepted as Egyptian President

Divorce is legalized in Italy

Fuji becomes independent.

The wreckage of the Confederate submarine “The Hunley” was discovered off the coast of S. Carolina by 22 yr old Dr. E. Lee Spence. (a pioneering underwater archaeologist) The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink a ship in warfare.

Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau debuts in approx. 24 US newspapers.

Gay Gabelich drives a rocket powered “Blue Flame” to World Land Speed record in Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah (622.227 mph) the record stands for 13 years.

Charles de Gaulle Dies (president of France)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” Debuts on CBS television as a Thanksgiving special.

Automakers introduce new models :

The Datsun B-210

The Dodge Colt

The Gremlin

The Ford Pinto


  • Gabrielle Reece (champion Volleyball player and model)
  • Heather Graham (Actress)
  • Minnie Driver (Actress)
  • Nicole Wood (Playboy Playmate)
  • Queen Latifah (Actress and Singer)  (play song from “Chicago” plays Mama Morton “When you’re good to Mama she’ll be good to you)
  • Lara Flynn Boyle (Actress)
  • Mariah Carey (Singer)
  • Vince Vaughn (actor)
  • Ricky Schroder (actor)
  • Adriano Moraes (bull rider) one of the top grossing bull riders from Brazil
  • Andre Agassi (tennis player)
  • Uma Thurman (Actress)
  • Tina Fay (Actress and comedian)
  • Leah Remini (Actress)
  • Chris O’Donnell (actor)
  • Beck (Singer)
  • Fred Durst (Singer)
  • River Phoenix (died in 1993 @23 years old)
  • Claudia Schiffer (model)
  • Debbie Gibson (Singer)
  • Macy Gray (gaggy Singer)
  • Kelly Ripa (Actress and Regis’s sidekick)
  • Matt Damon (actor)
  • Kirk Cameron (actor turned tele-evangalist)
  • Tonya Harding (ice skater who whacked Nancy Kerrigan)
  • Sarah Silverman (Actress)
  • Jennifer Connelly (Actress)
  • Cowboy Troy (Black C&W Singer sidekick of Big & Rich)

Famous Deaths in 1970

Tammi Terrell (born in 1945) Singer

Gypsy Ross Lee (born 1911) Actress

Brian Piccolo (born 1943) football player who died “Brian’s song” was based on his life

Vince Lombardi (born 1913) Football coach (I have no idea what team he coached)

Louis Rich (born 1896) entrepreneur of the packaged meat

What’s on TV in 1970  (Debuts)

  1. The Flip Wilson Show
  2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  3. McCloud (starring Dennis Weaver)
  4. Night Gallery
  5. The Odd Couple
  6. The Partridge Family

EMMY Awards of 1970

Best Drama Marcus Welby  

Best Actor Robert Young (Marcus Welby MD)  

Best Actress   Susan Hampshire (The Forsyte Saga)


Best Comedy   My World and Welcome to it.

Actor   William Windom (My World and Welcome to it)

Actress   Hope Lange (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir)

Best Variety Show The David Frost Show

TOP MOVIE $$Makers of 1970

Airport (Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy……..major star cameos)

The Arisocats (Disney)

Five Easy Pieces  (Jack Nicholson)

The Great White Hope (James Earl Jones)

Little Big Man (Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George)

Love Story (Ali MacGraw & Ryan O’Neal)

M*A*S*H*  (Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman)

Patton (George C. Scott)

Best Picture Midnight Cowboy
Best Actor John Wayne “True Grit”
Best Supporting Actor Gig Young “They shoot horses, don’t they?”
Best Actress Maggie Smith “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”
Best Supporting Actress Goldie Hawn “Cactus Flower”
Best Song Raindrops keep falling on my head
(Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid)
Honorary Award Cary Grant (he had never won an Oscar)

Top Box Office Stars

  • Paul Newman
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Steve McQueen
  • John Wayne
  • Elliott Gould
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Lee Marvin
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Walter Matthau

Up and coming Starts

  • Donald Sutherland
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Genevieve Bujold
  • Dyan Cannon
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Beau Bridges
  • Peter Boyle

TOP 20 Billboard Songs of 1970

  1. Bridge over troubled water Simon & Garfunkel
  2. I’ll be there The Jackson 5
  3. Raindrops keep falling on my head B.J. Thomas
  4. Close to you The Carpenters
  5. My Sweet Lord George Harrison
  6. I think I love you The Partridge Family
  7. Ain’t no mountain high enough Diana Ross
  8. American Woman The Guess Who
  9. War Edwin Starr
  10. Let it Be The Beatles
  11. The tears of a clown Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  12. Mama told me not to come Three Dog Night
  13. ABC The Jackson 5
  14. The love you save The Jackson 5
  15. Thank you for letting me be myself Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  16. Everything is Beautiful Ray Stevens
  17. The long and winding road The Beatles
  18. Make it with you Bread
  19. Venus Shocking Blue
  20. Cracklin Rose Neil Diamond

GRAMMY Winners of 1970

Song of the Year Bridge over Troubled Water
Record of the Year Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge over Troubled Water)
Album of the Year Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge over Troubled Water)
Best New Artist The Carpenters


Vocal-Female Dionne Warwick “I’ll Never Fall in Love again”
Vocal-Male Ray Stevens “Everything is Beautiful”
Vocal-Group Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge over Troubled Water”

Other Popular songs of 1970

  1. Layla Derek and the Dominos
  2. Your Song Elton John
  3. Get up (feel like a sex machine) James Brown
  4. Lola The Kinks
  5. Who’ll stop the rain? CCR
  6. Fire and Rain James Taylor
  7. Paranoid Black Sabbath (ok, I just tossed it in for fun)
  8. All Right Now Free
  9. We’ve only just begun The Carpenters
  10. Which way you goin’ Billy? Poppy Family & Susan Jacks
  11. Lookin out my back door CCR
  12. Hey there lonely girl Eddie Holman
  13. The Rapper The Jaggers
  14. Gimmie dat ding Pipkins
  15. Evil Ways Santana
  16. My Belle Amie Tee Set
  17. Come and get it Bad Finger
  18. Instant Karma John Lenon & Yoko Ono
  19. Cecelia Simon & Garfunkel
  20. Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton
  21. In the summertime Mungo Jerry
  22. Indiana Wants me Dean Taylor
  23. Get Ready cuz here I come Rare Earth
  24. Band of Gold Freda Payne
  25. Hitchin a ride Vanity Fair
  26. Candida Dawn
  27. Easy Come, Easy Go Bobby Sherman
  28. Julie do you love me? Bobby Sherman
  29. Green eyed Woman Sugarloaf
  30. Ride Captain Ride Blues Image
  31. O-o-h child 5 Stairsteps
  32. Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum
  33. 25 or 6 to 4 Chicago
  34. House of the Rising sun Frijid Pink
  35. Come Saturday morning Sandpipers
  36. Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  37. Look what they’ve done to my song New Seekers
  38. Yellow river Christie
  39. No time Guess who
  40. Love Grows Edison Lighthouse

Music Trivia for 1970

  • Mac Davis Debuts
  • ZZ Top Debuts
  • Al Green Debuts
  • Ringo Starr goes solo
  • Eric Clapton leaves Derek & the Dominos and goes solo
  • Queen is formed and Debuts in London
  • January 14 – Diana Ross & Supremes perform final concert in Las Vegas
  • January 26 – Mick Jagger is charged 200 pounds for cannabis possession
  • February 14 – The Who “Live at Leeds” is recorded
  • April 10 – Paul McCartney announces the Beatles have disbanded
  • June 22 -Led Zeppelin perform in Iceland, classic “Immigration Song” is born
  • August 24 -26 – Isle of Wright Festival takes place in England (Europe’s Woodstock) Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Jethro Tull all perform.
  • September 9 – Elvis Presley begins first concert tour (in Phoenix AZ) since 1958
  • September 18 – Jimi Hendrix dies of barbiturate overdose in London
  • October 4 – Janis Joplin dies of heroin overdose

October 23, 1956, is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man’s desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required.

– John F Kennedy
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Top 100 Songs For 1970



  1. Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
  2. They Long to Be Close To You Carpenters, The
  3. American Woman Guess Who, The
  4. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head B.J. Thomas
  5. War Edwin Starr
  6. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross
  7. I’ll be There Jackson 5, The
  8. Get Ready Rare Earth
  9. Let It Be Beatles, The
  10. Band of Gold Freda Payne
  11. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) Three Dog Night
  12. Everything Is Beautiful Ray Stevens
  13. Make It with You Bread
  14. Hitchin’ a Ride Vanity Fair
  15. ABC Jackson 5, The
  16. The Love You Save Jackson 5, The
  17. Cracklin’ Rose Neil Diamond
  18. Candida Dawn
  19. Thank You (Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf) Sly & the Family Stone
  20. Spill the Wine Eric Burdon & War
  1. O-o-h Child Five Stairsteps & Cubie
  2. Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum
  3. Lay Down Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers
  4. Ball of Confusion (World Is Today) Temptations, The
  5. Love on A Two Way Street Moments, The
  6. I Want You Back Jackson 5, The
  7. Which Way You Goin’ Billy? Poppy Family, The
  8. All Right Now Free
  9. Julie, Do Ya Love Me Bobby Sherman
  10. Green-eyed Lady Sugarloaf
  11. Signed Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) Stevie Wonder
  12. Ride Captain Ride Blues Image
  13. Venus Shocking Blue
  14. Instant Karma (We All Shine On) John Lennon
  15. Patches Clarence Carter
  16. Lookin’ Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival
  17. Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton
  18. Something’s Burning Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
  19. Give Me Just A Little More Time Chairmen of the Board
  20. Love Grows (Where Rosemary Goes) Edison Lighthouse
1970 Five Easy Pieces5
1970 Kellys Heros4
  1. The Long and Winding Road Beatles, The
  2. Snowbird Anne Murray
  3. Reflections of My Life Marmalade
  4. Hey There Lonely Girl Eddie Holman
  5. The Rapper Jaggerz, The
  6. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother Hollies, The
  7. Tighter, Tighter Alive & Kicking
  8. Come and Get It Badfinger
  9. Cecelia Simon & Garfunkel
  10. Love Land Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  11. Turn Back the Hands of Time Tyrone Davis
  12. Lola Kinks, The
  13. In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
  14. Indiana Wants Me R. Dean Taylor
  15. I Know I’m Losing You Rare Earth
  16. Easy Come, Easy Go Bobby Sherman
  17. Express Yourself Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  18. Still Water (Love) Four Tops, The
  19. Make Me Smile Chicago
  20. House of the Rising Sun Frijid Pink
  1. 25 Or 6 To 4 Chicago
  2. My Baby Loves Lovin’ White Plains
  3. Love or Let Me Be Lonely Friends Of Distinction, The
  4. United We Stand Brotherhood Of Man, The
  5. We’ve Only Just Begun Carpenters, The
  6. Arizona Mark Lindsay
  7. Fire and Rain James Taylor
  8. Groovy Situation Gene Chandler
  9. Evil Ways Santana
  10. No Time Guess Who, The
  11. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) Delfonics, The
  12. The Wonder of You Elvis Presley
  13. Up around the Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival
  14. Why Can’t I Touch You Ronnie Dyson
  15. I Just Can’t Help Believing B.J. Thomas
  16. It’s A Shame Spinners, The
  17. For the Love of Him Bobbi Martin
  18. Mississippi Queen Mountain
  19. I Want To Take You Higher Ike & Tina Turner
  20. The Letter Joe Cocker
1970 Little Big Man 111
1970 Little Big Man 111
  1. Ma Belle Amie Tee Set
  2. The Bells Originals, The
  3. Yellow River Christie
  4. Somebody’s Been Sleeping 100 Proof & Aged in Soul
  5. Vehicle Ides of March, The
  6. Gimme Dat Ding Pipkins, The
  7. Lay a Little Lovin’ On Me Robin McNamara
  8. Up the Ladder to the Roof Supremes, The
  9. Travelin’ Band / Who’ll Stop the Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
  10. Come Saturday Morning Sandpipers, The
  11. Psychedelic Shack Temptations, The
  12. Without Love (There Is Nothing) Tom Jones
  13. Are You Ready? Pacific Gas & Electric
  14. Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  15. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again Dionne Warwick
  16. Look What They’ve Done To My Song New Seekers, The
  17. Walk a Mile in My Shoes Joe South
  18. The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King
  19. It’s Only Make Believe Glen Campbell
  20. Call Me Aretha Franklin

1970 In Pictures



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