1970 In Review: Everything that happened

1970: Top Songs, Movies TV Shows, Sporting Events And More

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The 1970’s were a whirlwind of change. From the hangover of the late ’60s to the lull and depression of the early part of the 70’s to the “ok, let’s loosen up and have some fun” attitude of the middle to the latter part of the decade, it certainly was a decade of ups and downs that would lead to a never-ending party known as the 1980s.

Check out everything important from 1970 below.

As you’re going back in time, think about some of the things in our lives today that you don’t see appearing here because…. they didn’t exist yet. Things like the top selling computers, tablets, laptops, microwaves, cable provider, wireless company, music video of the year etc.

Let us know some of the things that come to mind below.

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1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989


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1. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon And Garfunkel
2. “American Woman” – The Guess Who
3. “Get Ready” – Rare Earth
4. “Band Of Gold” – Freda Payne
5. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” – B.J. Thomas
6. “ABC” – The Jackson 5
7. “Let It Be” – The Beatles
8. “(They Long To Be) Close To You” – Carpenters
9. “Mama Told Me Not To Come” – Three Dog Night
10. “War” – Edwin Starr


Album of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
Best New Artist: Carpenters
Best Pop Duo or Group: “Close to You,” Carpenters
Best Pop Female Vocal: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, Dionne Warwick
Best Pop Male Vocal: “Everything Is Beautiful,” Ray Stevens
Best Pop Song: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Record of the Year: “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Simon and Garfunkel
Song of the Year: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”


1. Love Story $106,397,186
2. Airport $100,489,151
3. MASH $81,600,000
4. Patton $61,749,765
5. The Aristocats $55,675,257
6. Woodstock $50,000,000
7. Little Big Man $31,559,552
8. Ryan’s Daughter MGM $30,846,306
9. Tora! Tora! Tora! $29,548,291
10. Chariots of the Gods $25,948,300


Winner in CAPS
“PATTON”, “Airport”, “Five Easy Pieces”, “Love Story”, “M*A*S*H”
GEORGE C. SCOTT in “Patton”, Melvyn Douglas in “I Never Sang For My Father”, James Earl Jones in “The Great White Hope”, Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces”, Ryan O’Neal in “Love Story”
GLENDA JACKSON in “Women in Love”, Jane Alexander in “The Great White Hope”, Ali MacGraw in “Love Story”, Sarah Miles in “Ryan’s Daughter”, Carrie Snodgrass in “Diary of a Mad Housewife”
Supporting Actor:
JOHN MILLS in “Ryan’s Daughter”, Richard Castellano in “Lovers and Other Strangers”, Chief Dan George in “Little Big Man”, Gene Hackman in “I Never Sang For My Father”, John Marley in “Love Story”
Supporting Actress:
HELEN HAYES in “Airport”, Karen Black in “Five Easy Pieces”, Lee Grant in “The Landlord”, Sally Kellerman in “M*A*S*H”, Maureen Stapleton in “Airport”
FRANKLIN SCHAFFNER for “Patton” Robert Altman for “M*A*S*H”, Federico Fellini for “Fellini Satyricon”, Arthur Hiller for “Love Story”, Ken Russell for “Women in Love”


Marcus Welby M.D. / The Flip Wilson Show / Here’s Lucy / Ironside / The Odd Couple
Gunsmoke / ABC Movie of the Week / Hawaii Five-O / Medical Center / The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Bonanza / The F.B.I. / The Mod Squad / Adam-12 / Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color / Mayberry R.F.D / Hee Haw / Mannix
The Men From Shiloh / My Three Sons / The Doris Day Show / All In The Family


Best Drama – The Bold Ones: The Senator
Best Actor – Hal Holbrook, The Bold Ones: The Senator
Best Actress – Susan Hampshire, Masterpiece Theatre: The First Churchills
Supporting Actor – David Burns, Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Price
Supporting Actress – Margaret Leighton, Hallmark Hall of Fame: Hamlet

Best Comedy – All in the Family
Best Actor – Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple
Best Actress – Jean Stapleton, All in the Family
Supporting Actor – Edward Asner, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Supporting Actress – Valerie Harper, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Best Variety – The Flip Wilson Show


Kentucky Derby Winner: Dust Commander – Trainer: Don Combs – Jockey: Mike Manganello

Pro Football:
Superbowl V: Baltimore 16 – Dallas 13
Pro MVP: John Brodie, San Francisco, QB & George Blanda, Oakland, QB-PK

College Football: #1 – Nebraska
Heisman Trophy Winner: Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
Rose Bowl: Stanford 27 – Ohio St. 17
Orange Bowl: Nebraska 17 – LSU 12
Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame 24 – Texas 11
Sugar Bowl: Tennessee 34 – Air Force 13

NBA Baskteball:
NBA Championship: NEW YORK Vs. L.A. Lakers
New York Wins In 7
New York Coach: Red Holzman
L.A. Coach: Joe Mullaney
MVP: Willis Reed, New York (C)
Avg. PPG – 21.7

NCAA National Champions:
UCLA – 28W – 2L
Coach: John Wooden

World Series: Baltimore Vs. Cincinatti
Winner: Baltimore in 5 Games
Baltimore Coach: Earl Weaver
Cincinatti Coach: Sparky Anderson

National League
MVP: Johnny Bench – Cin. (C)
Rookie of the Year: Carl Morton – Mon. (P)

American League
MVP: Boog Powell – Bal. (1B)
Rookie of the Year: Thurman Munson – NY Yankees (C)


Senate Curbs Defacto School Segregation

Chicago 7 Are Acquitted Of Conspiracy To Riot 5 Found Guilty Of Lesser Charges

Southern Whites Storm Bus To Prevent integration

National Guard Opens Fire Killing Four Students At Kent State University

747 With 379 Aboard Hijacked To Cuba

Soviet Cosmonauts Set New Record Of 17 Days In Space

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.

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

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.

President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law (OSHA).

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operating.

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.

Singer Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Sonny Liston pass.

The Beatles officially break up.

Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Blood Sweat and Tears are top performers

NFL and AFL merge into the NFL

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

The first episode of the soap opera All My Children was broadcast on the ABC.

The Boeing 747 made its first commercial passenger trip to London.

Black Sabbath’s debut album was released.

The first San Diego Comic-Con International opened at US Grant Hotel.

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

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

The first New York City Marathon began. Only 55 people finished it.

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.

National Educational Television ended operations, being succeeded by PBS (Public Broadcasting System).

A Superbowl ad cost $78,000

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty goes into effect

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was Willy Brandt

Miss America was Pamela Eldred from West Bloomfield, MI.

Miss USA was Deborah Shelton from (Virginia

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.

Nation Celebrates Earth Day

Stocks rise 32.04 in a record day

Penn Central asks for bankruptcy reorganization

New York Abortion law takes effect, most liberal in US

200,000 Are killed in East Pakistan Cyclone Tidal Wave

The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was signed, banning cigarette television advertisements in the United States as of January 1, 1971.

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.

Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr scores a record 120 points as a defenseman

IBM introduces the “Floppy” disk for storage

Lasers are used in bombing targeting for more accuracy

Young fashion is found in Army Navy surplus stores and thrift shops

New words; preppie, hassle, fast-food, rip-off, Fortran, blahs, put down

Massive recall of canned Tuna by FDA for possible mercury poisoning

Vassar college admits male students for the first time

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew

Population: 205,052,174
Life expectancy: 70.8 years

High: 842
Low: 669

Federal spending: $195.65 billion
Federal debt: $380.9 billion
Inflation: 6.5%
Consumer Price Index: 38.8
Unemployment: 3.5%

Cost of a new home: $26,600.00
Cost of a new car: $3,500.00
Median Household Income: $8,734.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.36
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.62
Cost of a gallon of Milk: 1.15

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