1970 Fun Facts and Trivia

Updated on July 27, 2020
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1970.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1970.

Interesting Facts From 1970

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1970?

  1. The Nixon Recession (December 1969-November 1970) was a relatively mild one. It resulted from efforts by the Federal Reserve to tame inflation through restrictive monetary policy, which had the expected effect of dampening economic growth.
  2. President Nixon signed legislation that officially banned cigarette ads on television and radio.
  3. The world’s first jumbo-jet—a Boeing 747—made its first commercial passenger trip from New York to London. The Pan-Am flight carried 332 passengers and 18 crew members.
  4. Members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of students who were demonstrating at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine.
  5. In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operations.
  6. Japan became the world’s fourth space power, after the Soviet Union (1957), the United States (1958), and France (1965).
  7. American engineer Douglas Engelbart received a patent for the first computer mouse.
  8. Farmers made up 4.6% of the American labor force. There were about 2,780,000 farms in the U.S., averaging about 390 acres apiece.
  9. In 1970, unemployment peaked at 5.9% in December, and the inflation rate was 5.72%. Median household income was $8,730, and Americans paid an average of $3,900 for a new car. Five pounds of sugar cost 39 cents, a gallon of milk averaged 62 cents, and a dozen eggs were 59 cents.
  10. The Kansas City Chiefs were the Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series, and the Boston Bruins clinched the Stanley Cup.
  11. Sporting News named MLB legend Willie Mays as their “Player of the Decade” for the 1960s, hammerin’ Hank Aaron became the ninth MLB player to get 3,000 hits, and MLB shortstop Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run.
  12. In 1970, a copy of Sports Illustrated cost 15 cents.
  13. Midnight Cowboy won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
  14. PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) began operations, taking over many of the functions of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET).
  15. Monday Night Football and the soap All My Children (1970-2011) both premiered on ABC.
  16. Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite hosted the last episode of the CBS documentary The 20th Century, and Casey Kasem's American Top 40 premiered on LA radio.

  17. The Doonesbury comic strip debuted in 28 newspapers. EW.com explains that “The strip centered around Walden Commune and its inhabitants: self-absorbed, skirt-chasing Doonesbury; Joanie Caucus, a middle-aged feminist; ever-stoned Zonker Harris; and B.D., the jock, and his New Age girlfriend.”
  18. Elvis Presley—the King of Rock 'n' Roll—visited President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office.
  19. Hamburger Helper appeared on grocery store shelves for the first time, and Orville Redenbacher introduced his gourmet popping corn.
  20. Libby Chldress of Mount Airy, North Carolina won the 43rd Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “croissant.”

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 1970-71:

  1. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)

  2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)

  3. Here's Lucy (CBS)

  4. Ironside (NBC)

  5. Gunsmoke (CBS)

Here are ten food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Black Forest cake

  2. Cheese logs

  3. Deviled eggs

  4. Hamburger Helper

  5. Jell-O Pudding Pops

  6. Layered gelatin salads

  7. Mug-O-Lunch

  8. Pasta primavera

  9. Swanson TV dinners

  10. Tab (a diet cola soft drink that was created and produced by the Coca-Cola Company)

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1970. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, famous authors and novels, cool sports facts, and other interesting pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1970s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1970

  2. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1970?

  3. History Facts From the USA and World

  4. Sports Trivia

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Nobel Prize Winners

  7. Best-Selling Fiction Books

  8. Most Popular Television Shows From 1970-71

  9. Highest-Grossing Films

  10. Horror Movies From 1970

  11. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  12. Top 40 Songs for the Year

  13. Food and Beverage Trivia

  14. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  15. Famous People Who Were Born in 1970

  16. Well-Known People Who Died

  17. America’s Largest Corporations

  18. Companies and Brands Launched in 1970

In 1970, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.
In 1970, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1970

  1. Apples (Cortland): 10 cents a pound

  2. Applesauce (Mott’s): Five 15-ounce jars for $1.00

  3. Aspirin (Bufferin): 89 cents for 100 tablets

  4. Bacon (A&P): 95 cents for a one-pound package

  5. Beans (kidney): Five 20-ounce cans for $1.00

  6. Beef (corned): 69 cents a pound

  7. Bread (Jane Parker, white): Three 22-ounce loaves for $1.00

  8. Cake mix (Betty Crocker): Three boxes for $1.00

  9. Cereal (Cap’n Crunch): 49 cents for a nine-ounce box

  10. Cheese (Borden’s, American): 79 cents a pound

  11. Coffee (8 O’Clock): $2.29 for a three-pound bag

  12. Cornish hens: 39 cents a pound

  13. Cotton swabs (Q-Tips): Three 54-count boxes for $1.00

  14. Facial tissue (Kleenex): One 200-count box for 25 cents

  15. Grapefruit (seedless): Ten cents apiece

  16. Juice (orange): 39 cents for a half-gallon carton

  17. Ham (smoked): 39 cents a pound

  18. Hair spray (Aqua Net): Two 13-ounce cans for $1.00

  19. Leg of lamb: 79 cents a pound

  20. Macaroni (Ronzoni): Five one-pound boxes for $1.00

  21. Margarine (Fleischmann’s): 39 cents for a one-pound package

  22. Mayonnaise (Kraft): 39 cents for a one-quart jar

  23. Milk (Carnation, instant): 99 cents for a box of 10 one-quart packs

  24. Mouthwash (Listerine): $1.00 for a 20-ounce bottle

  25. Oil (Wesson): 89 cents for a one-quart bottle

  26. Pie (fresh, cherry): 59 cents for a 24-ounce pie

  27. Pork chops: 79 cents a pound

  28. Potatoes: 59 cents for a five-pound bag

  29. Strawberries: 49 cents a pound

  30. Yams: Two pounds for 25 cents

In 1970, pasta primavera was a real crowd-pleaser.
In 1970, pasta primavera was a real crowd-pleaser.

2. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1970?

  1. The Nixon Recession (December 1969-November 1970) was a relatively mild one. It resulted from efforts by the Federal Reserve to tame inflation through restrictive monetary policy, which had the expected effect of dampening economic growth.

  2. In 1970, unemployment averaged 5% for much of the year, until it peaked at 5.9% in December.

  3. The inflation rate was 5.72%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, “today's prices in 2020 are 564.43% higher than average prices since 1970. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.86% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease. In other words, $1 in 1970 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $6.64 in 2020, a difference of $5.64 over 50 years.”

  4. In 1970, median household income in the U.S. was $8,730. According to Census.gov, “This was about $340 or 4.1 percent higher than the 1969 figure of $8,390. However, consumer prices rose during the year, and in terms of constant dollars, median household income was about the same as in 1969.” Census.gov points out that 15.8% of the 64.4 million households in the U.S received incomes under $3,000. On the other hand, 11.6% of households received incomes between $3,000 and $5,000, and another 11.8% had incomes between $5,000 and $7,000. Finally, 18.5% of households had incomes between $7,000 and $10,000, and 42.3% of households had incomes above $10,000.

  5. In 1970, a five-pound bag of potatoes cost 59 cents, three 22-ounce loaves of white bread were $1.00, and bacon was 95 cents for a one-pound package. Five pounds of sugar cost 39 cents, a gallon of milk was 62 cents, and a dozen eggs were 59 cents. Pot roast was 59 cents a pound, frozen TV dinners were 39 cents apiece, and tomato soup was 10 cents a can.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was 36 cents.

  7. Americans paid an average of $3,900 for a new car.

  8. Annual tuition for a state-related university averaged $400-$1,200. At a private university, the average tuition was $1,792.

  9. The median price of a home sold in the United States in January 1970 was $23,600.

  10. The average monthly rent was $140.

  11. On April 10, the price of a first-class stamp was six cents.

  12. In 1970, a Barbie inflatable furniture set cost $2.00, and a Mattel hot wheels car was 69 cents.

  13. Latex house paint cost $7.00 a gallon, a porcelain sink was $10, and bunk beds were $100.

  14. A copy of Sports Illustrated magazine cost 15 cents.

  15. Your hamburger cost 18 cents, and a Coke was five cents.

  16. The federal minimum wage was $1.45.

  17. On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow closed at 838.

  18. The price of gold averaged $35.96 per ounce.

  19. On September 21, the prime rate was 7.5%.

  20. Adjusted for inflation, credit card debt has increased 24,500% since 1970.

In 1970, Hamburger Helper appeared on grocery store shelves for the first time.
In 1970, Hamburger Helper appeared on grocery store shelves for the first time.

3. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 1970, Richard Nixon was the 37th U.S. president, and Spiro Agnew was the vice president.

  2. California adopted no-fault divorce with the Family Law Act of 1969, which became effective on January 1, 1970. What does a “no-fault” divorce state mean for divorce? Courts.ca.gov explains that “California is a ‘no fault’ divorce state, which means that the spouse or domestic partner that is asking for the divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse or domestic partner did something wrong. To get a no fault divorce, one spouse or domestic partner has to state that the couple cannot get along. Legally, this is called ‘irreconcilable differences.’”

  3. On January 4, New York City’s transit fare increased from 20 cents to 30 cents, and the new “large Y” tokens were now being used.

  4. On January 7, nearly five months after the festival “Woodstock,” farmer Max Yasgur was sued for $35,000 by some neighboring farmers for damages caused by the festival.

  5. On January 17, Sporting News named MLB legend Willie Mays as their “Player of the Decade” for the 1960s.

  6. On January 22, the world’s first jumbo-jet, a Boeing 747, made its first commercial passenger trip from New York to London. The Pan-Am flight carried 332 passengers and 18 crew members.

  7. On January 27, "M" was changed to "PG" (Parental Guidance) “due to the confusing nature of the term ‘mature audiences.’”

  8. In April, President Nixon ordered “a secret invasion” of Cambodia by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops.

  9. On April 1, President Nixon signed legislation that officially banned cigarette ads on television and radio. History.com tells us that “Nixon, who was an avid pipe smoker, indulging in as many as eight bowls a day, supported the legislation at the increasing insistence of public health advocates.”

  10. On April 12, the Yankees dedicated plaques to baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

  11. CNN.com tells us that “The Apollo 13 spacecraft was intended to be the third landing on the moon, but the NASA crew aborted its mission after an oxygen tank exploded on board. The astronauts landed in the South Pacific on April 17, 1970.”

  12. On April 21, the Principality of Hutt River —previously Hutt River Province—seceded from Australia.

  13. On April 22, the first Earth Day was celebrated. EPA.gov reports that “It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic smoke into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda.”

  14. On May 10, Bobby Orr became a hockey legend when he “scored an overtime goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the Boston Bruins their first championship since 1941. In 1971, Orr signed the first million-dollar contract in NHL history—$200,000 a year for five years—and in 1979 he became the youngest NHL Hall of Famer when he was inducted at the age of 31. Ray Lussie/Boston Herald American/AP.”

  15. On May 12, MLB shortstop Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run.

  16. On May 17, hammerin’ Hank Aaron became the ninth MLB player to get 3,000 hits.

  17. On May 4, four Kent State University students were killed by the Ohio National Guard. Kent.edu tells us that “members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. The impact of the shootings was dramatic. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.”

  18. In July, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed.

  19. On September 13, IBM unveiled its new computer system—the IBM System/370. According to IBM.com, “System/370 Models 155 and 165 can provide computer users with dramatically higher performance and information storage capacity for their data processing dollars than ever before available from IBM in medium- and large-scale systems.”

  20. On September 21, the New York Times started their Op. Ed. page.

  21. On October 5, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) began operations, taking over many of the functions of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET). PBS.org tells us that “Every day, PBS and its more than 330 member stations fulfill our essential mission to the American public, providing trusted programming that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting and treating audiences as citizens, not simply consumers.”

  22. On November 17, American engineer Douglas Engelbart received a patent for the first computer mouse.

  23. On November 18, chemist Linus Pauling declared that large doses of vitamin C might prevent or decrease the intensity of the common cold.

  24. During 1970, Japan became the world’s fourth space power, after the Soviet Union (1957), the United States (1958), and France (1965).

  25. During 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operations, and William Ruckelhaus was the first director.

In 1970, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series.
In 1970, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series.

4. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. Indianapolis 500: Al Unser

  2. Kentucky Derby: Dust Commander

  3. NBA Champions: New York Knicks

  4. NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA

  5. NCAA Football Champs: Nebraska, Ohio State, and Texas

  6. Orange Bowl: Penn State over Missouri

  7. Rose Bowl: USC over Michigan

  8. Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins

  9. Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss over Arkansas

  10. Super Bowl IV Champions: Kansas City Chiefs

  11. Tour de France: Édouard Louis Joseph, better known as Eddy Merckx

  12. U.S. Open Golf: Tony Jacklin

  13. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Ken Rosewall/Margaret Court

  14. Wimbledon (men/women): John Newcombe/Margaret Court

  15. World Series: Baltimore Orioles

In 1970, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation—also known as Freddie Mac—was founded.
In 1970, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation—also known as Freddie Mac—was founded.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 1970, the U.S. population was 203,211,926.

  2. According to the 1970 census, the most populated American cities were New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, Dallas, Washington, DC, and Cleveland.

  3. Farmers made up 4.6% of the American labor force. There were about 2,780,000 farms in the U.S., averaging about 390 acres apiece.

  4. In the United States, there were 7,359,200 property crimes, 16,000 murders, 349,860 robberies, 2,205,000 burglaries, and 928,400 vehicle thefts.

  5. Courtesy of the Social Security Administration, popular baby names were Michael, Christopher, Jason, David, James, Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Michelle, and Kimberly.

  6. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 67.1 years.

  7. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $78,200.

  8. Fashion trends for women in 1970 included tie dye shirts, ponchos, capes, military surplus clothing, bell-bottoms, gauchos, frayed jeans, midi skirts, and ankle-length maxi dresses. FashionHistory.fitnyc.edu adds that “As the Swinging Sixties turned into the 1970s, the influence of boutique stores and diffusion lines made ready-to-wear clothing increasingly accessible. New synthetic fabrics meant that fashionable styles could be bought at any price point.”

  9. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year included Ann-Margret, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Diahann Carroll, Barbara Eden, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Sophia Loren, Ali McGraw, Mary Tyler Moore, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Twiggy, and Raquel Welch.

  10. Pamela Eldred (West Bloomfield, MI) won the Miss America crown.

  11. Deborah Shelton (Virginia) became Miss USA.

  12. Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” was Willy Brandt, a German politician and statesman.

  13. At the 42nd Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1969, Midnight Cowboy won an Oscar for Best Picture, John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) won an Oscar for Best Director, John Wayne (True Grit) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) won an Oscar for Best Actress.

  14. At the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, My World and Welcome to It (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, William Windom (My World and Welcome to It) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Hope Lange (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  15. National Lampoon magazine (1970-98) and the Smithsonian magazine both began publishing.

  16. On January 4, broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite hosted the last episode of The 20th Century, “a documentary program using archival footage and personal testimony to recreate historical happenings. This format laid the foundation for similar cable shows in the future.”

  17. On January 5, the soap All My Children premiered on ABC.

  18. On February 7, the last episode of the variety show Hollywood Palace aired on ABC.

  19. On March 1, Charles Manson’s album—Lie: The Love and Terror Cult—was released.

  20. On April 10, Paul McCartney announced that the Beatles were breaking up. History.com explains that “the Beatles spent the better part of three years breaking up in the late 1960s, and even longer than that hashing out who did what and why. And by the spring of 1970, there was little more than a tangled set of business relationships keeping the group together. Each of the Beatles was pursuing his musical interests outside of the band, and there were no plans in place to record together as a group.” (On April 17, McCartney’s first solo album, McCartney, was released.)

  21. On July 4, Casey Kasem's American Top 40 premiered on LA radio.

  22. On September 15, Decca awarded Bing Crosby a second platinum disc for selling 300 million records.

  23. On September 19, The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on CBS.

  24. On September 21, Monday Night Football debuted on ABC.

  25. On October 24, Nancy Walker created the Ida Morgenstein role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

  26. On October 26, the Doonesbury comic strip debuted in 28 newspapers. EW.com explains that “The strip centered around Walden Commune and its inhabitants: self-absorbed, skirt-chasing Doonesbury; Joanie Caucus, a middle-aged feminist; ever-stoned Zonker Harris; and B.D., the jock, and his New Age girlfriend.”

  27. On December 21, “Pop culture and politics collided when the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, visited President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office.”

  28. On December 23, the 7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap took place.

  29. Hamburger Helper appeared on grocery store shelves for the first time.

  30. Orville Redenbacher introduced his gourmet popping corn.

In 1970, M*A*S*H was one of the highest-grossing films.
In 1970, M*A*S*H was one of the highest-grossing films.

6. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 1970 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: Luis Federico Leloir

  • Economics: Paul Samuelson

  • Literature: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • Peace: Norman Borlaug

  • Physics: Hannes Alfvén and Louis Néel

  • Physiology or medicine: Bernard Katz, Ulf von Euler, and Julius Axelrod

7. Best-Selling Fiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

  1. Love Story by Erich Segal

  2. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles

  3. Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

  4. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

  5. Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell

  6. QB VII by Leon Uris

  7. The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin

  8. The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt

  9. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

  10. Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

8. Most Popular Television Shows From 1970-71

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen TV Research.

  1. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)

  2. The Flip Wilson Show (NBC)

  3. Here's Lucy (CBS)

  4. Ironside (NBC)

  5. Gunsmoke (CBS)

  6. ABC Movie of the Week (ABC)

  7. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

  8. Medical Center (CBS)

  9. Bonanza (NBC)

  10. The Mod Squad (ABC)

In 1970, Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC) was the most popular television show.
In 1970, Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC) was the most popular television show.

9. Highest-Grossing Films

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.

  1. Love Story

  2. Airport

  3. M*A*S*H

  4. Patton

  5. The Aristocats

  6. Woodstock

  7. Little Big Man

  8. Ryan's Daughter

  9. Tora! Tora! Tora!

  10. Catch-22

10. Horror Movies From 1970

Horror films for the year included Assignment Terror, The Beast in the Cellar, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Blind Woman's Curse, Blood Mania, Count Dracula, Curse of the Vampires, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, The Horror of Frankenstein, House of Dark Shadows, Mark of the Devil, Ritual of Evil, Scars of Dracula, Scream of the Demon Lover, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, and The Vampire Doll.

11. Biggest Pop Music Artists

Popular music artists from the year 1970 include Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, B.J. Thomas, The Carpenters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dionne Warwick, The Delfonics, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, The 5th Dimension, George Harrison, Glen Campbell, The Guess Who, The Jackson 5, Neil Diamond, The Partridge Family, Rare Earth, Simon & Garfunkel, Sly & the Family Stone, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, and Three Dog Night.

In 1970, a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine cost 15 cents.
In 1970, a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine cost 15 cents.

12. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This music trivia from 1970 has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com.

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water: Simon and Garfunkel

2. (They Long to Be) Close to You: The Carpenters

3. American Woman / No Sugar Tonight: The Guess Who

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: The Jackson 5

8. Get Ready: Rare Earth

9. Let It Be: The Beatles

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: The Jackson 5

16. The Love You Save / I Found That Girl: The Jackson 5

17. Cracklin' Rosie: Neil Diamond

18. Candida: Dawn

19.Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is a Star: Sly and The Family Stone

20. Spill the Wine: Eric Burdon and War

21. O-O-H Child: The Five Stairsteps

22. Spirit In the Sky: Norman Greenbaum

23. Lay Down (Candles In the Rain): Melanie and The Edwin Hawkins Singers

24. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today): The Temptations

25. Love On a Two Way Street: The Moment

26. Which Way You Goin' Billy?: The Poppy Family

27. All Right Now: Free

28. I Want You Back: The Jackson 5

29. Julie, Do Ya Love Me: Bobby Sherman

30. Green-Eyed Lady: Sugarloaf

31. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours: Stevie Wonder

32. Ride Captain Ride: Blues Image

33. Venus: Shocking Blue

34. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On): John Lennon/Yoko Ono

35. Patches: Clarence Carter

36. Lookin' Out My Back Door / Long As I Can See the Light: Creedence Clearwater Revival

37. Rainy Night In Georgia: Brook Benton

38. Something's Burning: Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

39. Give Me Just a Little More Time: The Chairmen Of The Board

40. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes): Edison Lighthouse

In 1970, Black Forest cake was all the rage.
In 1970, Black Forest cake was all the rage.

13. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some popular foods and beverages from 1970:

  1. Aspen soda

  2. Banana frosted flakes

  3. Baron Von Redberry (a berry-flavored oat cereal)

  4. Black Forest cake

  5. Brandy Alexander (brandy, crème de cacao, and heavy cream)

  6. Carrot cake

  7. Cheese logs

  8. Crepes

  9. Danka toaster snacks

  10. Deviled eggs

  11. Dinky Donuts cereal

  12. Fondue

  13. General Mills Sir Grapefellow Cereal

  14. General Mills fruit brute cereal

  15. Golden Cadillac (Galliano liqueur, crème de cacao, and heavy cream or coconut milk)

  16. Grasshopper (a mint-flavored after-dinner drink)

  17. Hamburger Helper

  18. Harvey Wallbanger (Galliano liqueur, vodka, and orange juice)

  19. Hershey's Bar None candy bar

  20. Hickory Farms chocolate bars

  21. Hostess Chocodiles

  22. Jell-O Pudding Pops

  23. Kellogg’s Danish Go-Rounds

  24. Kellogg’s Danish Rings

  25. Koogle

  26. Koogle peanut butter spread

  27. Layered gelatin salads

  28. Marathon bars

  29. Mug-O-Lunch

  30. Nabisco Swiss cheese crackers

  31. Nintendo cereal

  32. Pasta primavera

  33. Pina Colada (rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice)

  34. Pink Lady (classic gin-based cocktail)

  35. Pink Squirrel (A frozen ice cream drink generally made with vanilla ice cream, clear Crème de Cacao, and Crème de Noyaux.)

  36. Polynesian kabobs

  37. Quiche

  38. Reggie! Bar

  39. Snack Pack

  40. Swanson TV dinners

  41. Tab (a diet cola soft drink that was created and produced by the Coca-Cola Company)

  42. Tequila sunrise (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup)

  43. Tiramisu

  44. Tom Collins (gin, lemon juice, syrup, and carbonated water)

  45. Zucchini bread

In 1970, frozen TV dinners cost 39 cents apiece.
In 1970, frozen TV dinners cost 39 cents apiece.

14. Famous Weddings and Divorces

Weddings of interest:

  1. On March 12, actor Phil Hartman wed Gretchen Lewis.

  2. On March 20, singer David Bowie married model Angie Bowie.

  3. On May 11, singer Sammy Davis Jr. wed Altovise.

  4. On May 19, former Vice President Al Gore married author Tipper Aitcheson.

  5. On May 23, former Secretary of State John Kerry wed heiress Julia Stimson Thorne.

  6. On June 4, actor Billy Crystal married guidance counselor Janice Goldfinger.

  7. On June 12, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood wed Jenny Boyd.

  8. On June 29, medical researcher Jonas Salk married painter and author Françoise Gilot.

  9. On July 7, actress Shelley Duvall wed Bernard Sampson.

  10. On August 23, former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr married Alice Mendell.

  11. On August 24, actor Peter Sellers wed model Miranda Quarry.

  12. On September 5, producer Dick Wolf married Susan Scranton.

  13. On September 14, singer Stevie Wonder wed Rita Wright.

  14. On October 2, actor Christopher Plummer married actress Elaine Taylor.

  15. On October 3, former Prime Minister of the UK John Major wed Norma Johnson.

  16. On October 18, actor Lee Marvin married radio producer Pamela Feeley.

  17. On October 31, Easy Rider actor and director Dennis Hopper wed singer Michelle Phillips.

Divorce:

  • On November 8, Easy Rider actor and director Dennis Hopper divorced singer Michelle Phillips after eight days of marriage.

15. Famous People Who Were Born in 1970

  1. Chris Tallman: TV actor

  2. Daniel Handler: Novelist

  3. Holly Frazier: Reality star

  4. Jason Lee: TV actor

  5. Julie Chen: TV show host

  6. Justin Chambers: TV actor

  7. Kelly Ripa: TV show host

  8. Kirk Franklin: Gospel singer

  9. Mariah Carey: Pop singer

  10. Matt Damon: Movie actor

  11. Melania Trump: Political wife

  12. Melissa McCarthy: Movie actress

  13. Mike Epps: Comedian

  14. Naomi Campbell: Model

  15. Nia Long: TV actress

  16. Queen Latifah: Movie actress

  17. Regina Hall: Movie actress

  18. Skeet Ulrich: Movie actor

  19. Ted Cruz: Politician

  20. Tonya Harding: Figure skater

16. Well-Known People Who Died

  1. February 2: Bertrand Russel (an English mathematician and philosopher)

  2. March 11: Erle Stanley Gardner (an American writer who created the character “Perry Mason”)

  3. April 26: Rose Hovick - aka Gypsy Rose Lee (an American burlesque actress)

  4. May 4: The four Kent State University students—William Schroeder, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, and Sandra Scheur—who were killed by the Ohio National Guard

  5. May 12: Nelly Sachs (a German-Swedish poet and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966)

  6. May 14: Billie Burke (an American actress who played in The Wizard of Oz)

  7. June 7: E. M. Forster (an English writer and novelist who wrote A Passage to India)

  8. June 11: Earl Grant (an American musician and singer)

  9. July 7: Allen Lane (an English publisher and the founder of Penguin Books)

  10. July 13: Leslie Groves (an American army engineer who directed the construction of the Pentagon)

  11. September 3: Vince Lombardi (an American football coach who was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers)

  12. November 8: Napoleon Hill (an American writer and philosopher who is famous for the self-help book Think and Grow Rich)

  13. November 9: Charles de Gaulle (the president of France from 1958-69)

  14. December 7: Rube Goldberg (an American cartoonist)

  15. December 30: Sonny Liston (an American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1962-64)

In 1970, Orville Redenbacher introduced his gourmet popping corn.
In 1970, Orville Redenbacher introduced his gourmet popping corn.

17. America’s Largest Corporations

These FORTUNE 500 facts have been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com. Money.CNN tells us that “Since 1955, when the first FORTUNE 500 was created, more than 1,800 companies have appeared on the list. Many of these companies have changed names over this period, owing to mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies. Other companies have gone private, or simply changed their names.”

Here were America’s biggest corporations back in 1970:

  1. General Motors

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. Ford Motor

  4. General Electric

  5. IBM

  6. Chrysler

  7. Mobil

  8. Texaco

  9. ITT Industries

  10. Gulf Oil

18. Companies and Brands Launched in 1970

  1. Abt Sportsline: A German motor-racing and auto-tuning company

  2. Acerinox: A stainless steel manufacturing conglomerate located in Spain

  3. Ansys: A Pittsburgh-based “engineering simulation software developer”

  4. Beefeater Grill: A chain of pub restaurants located in the UK

  5. British Caledonian: A private, independent British airline

  6. Celestial Seasonings: A USA-based tea company that specializes in herbal teas.

  7. Days Inn: An American hospitality chain

  8. Eagle Air: An Icelandic airline

  9. Edgehill Vineyard: Wineries

  10. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), also known as Freddie Mac

  11. FedEx Office: A chain of stores that provides a retail outlet for FedEx Express.

  12. ISACOMM: An Atlanta-based long-distance telephone company

  13. JAL Hotels: A Japanese hospitality chain

  14. Kickers: A youth-oriented clothing and footwear brand

  15. LJN: An American toy and video game developer

  16. Mr. Tire: A USA-based tire dealership

  17. NPR (National Public Radio): Courtesy of Ranker.com, NPR “is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.”

  18. Nordic Air: A Norweigen cargo airline

  19. Novartis AG: A Swiss pharmaceutical company

  20. Paladin Press: A publisher of non-fiction books

  21. Prince Sports is a “manufacturer and distributor of racquet sports equipment, footwear, and apparel for tennis, squash, and badminton.”

  22. Realty Income Corporation: Lessors of real estate

  23. Rounder Records: A USA-based independent record label

  24. STX: A sports equipment manufacturer

  25. Tatsumi: A Japanese video game developer

  26. The Greenbrier Companies “specializes in transportation services, notably barge and railroad car manufacturing, railroad car refurbishment, and railroad car leasing/management services.”

  27. Urban Outfitters, Inc.: A Philadelphia-based clothing company

  28. PARC (formerly Xerox PARC): A research and development company in Palo Alto, California that has “a distinguished reputation for its contributions to information technology and hardware systems.”

  29. Yankee Group: A market research company

  30. ZBS Foundation: A non-profit audio production company

In 1970, Tab was a popular diet cola soft drink that was created and produced by the Coca-Cola Company.
In 1970, Tab was a popular diet cola soft drink that was created and produced by the Coca-Cola Company.
In 1970, NPR (National Public Radio) was created.
In 1970, NPR (National Public Radio) was created.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Gregory DeVictor

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  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thanks for the comment. The only thing that I remember about 1970 was that I was living in my hometown of Erie, PA.

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 weeks ago from UK

    These fascinating facts certainly take me back a bit in time. It doesn't seem 50 years ago.

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