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 1966-1970 Times & Events


1960’s - 70’s Fashion

Micro-Mini or Maxi Skirt Length

Fur Trims and Cheesecloth Fabrics

Tank Tops - Hot Pants 

Disco - Punk - Brit

Mini Skirts - Flared Jeans

Courrèges - Mary Quant

Gucci - Pucci

Villager - Aigner 

Flower Power


1970 Movies

Patton cleaned house at the Oscars

Airport was #1 at the box office

a few others-

Two Mules for Sister Sara

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Owl and the Pussycat

Boys in the Band

Five Easy Pieces

Little Big Man

Man Called Horse


Myra Breckenridge


1970 Songs

Folk rock · Psychedelic rock · Folk music · Psychedelic folk · Progressive rock · Jam bands

#1 - Bridge Over Troubled Water ~ Simon & Garfunkel

#2 - Close To You ~ The Carpenters

#3 - American Woman ~ The Guess Who

#4 - Raindrops Keep Falling 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

#8 - Get Ready ~ Rare Earth

#9 - Let It Be ~ The Beatles

The Nobel Prize in Peace 1970

Awarded to Norman Borlaug, A central figure in the “green revolution.



1967 - Game “TWISTER” invented

1966 - Department of Transportation established.  Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.”

1966 - National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted in the United States in 1966 to empower the federal government to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety. 

1966 - Miranda v. Arizona establishes “Miranda rights” The Miranda warning (often abbreviated to “Miranda”) is the name of the formal warning that is required to be given by police in the United States to criminal suspects in police custody (or in a custodial situation) before they are interrogated, in accordance with the Miranda ruling. Its purpose is to ensure the accused is aware of, and reminded of, these rights under the U.S. Constitution, and that they know they can invoke them at any time during the interview

1966 - Feminist group National Organization for Women (NOW) formed is the largest feminist organization in the United States. It was founded in 1966 and has a membership of 500,000 contributing members and 5,987 chapters in 47 U.S. states (exceptions are Hawaii, North Dakota, and Maine) and the District of Columbia.

June 29, 1966 - United States warplanes begin their bombing raids of Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietnam.  By December of this year, the United States had 385,300 troops stationed in South Vietnam with sixty thousand additional troops offshore and thirty-three thousand in Thailand.

July 1, 1966 - Medicare, the government medical program for citizens over the age of 65, begins.

September 9, 1966 - President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating the San Juan Island National Historical Park.  The site, in Washington State, includes the location of British and United States army camps in the 1860s, with both nations claiming ownership of the island.

October 15, 1966 - The National Historic Preservation Act is made law.  It expanded the National Register of Historic Places to include historic sites of regional, state, and local significance.

November 8, 1966 - The first black United States Senator in eighty-five years, Edward Brooke, is elected to Congress.  Brooke was the Republican candidate from Massachusetts and former Attorney General of that state. 

February 27, 1967 - The Outer Space Treaty is signed into force by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, to take effect on October 10, 1967.

June 23, 1967 - A three day summit between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin, held at Glassboro State College in New Jersey, culminates in a mutual declaration that no crises between them would lead to war.

July 1967 - Black riots plague U.S. cities.  In Newark, New Jersey, twenty-six are killed, fifteen hundred injured and one thousand arrested from July 12 to 17.  One week later, July 23 to 30, forty are killed, two thousand injured, and five thousand left homeless after rioting in Detroit, known as the 12th Street Riots, decimate a black ghetto.  The riots are eventually stopped by over 12,500 Federal troopers and National Guardsmen.

October 2, 1967 - Thurgood Marshall is sworn into office as the first black Supreme Court Justice. 

1967 - 25th Amendment The Twenty-fifth Amendment was ratified in 1967 (Amendment XXV) to the United States Constitution deals with succession to the Presidency and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities.

1967 - American Samoa becomes self-governing under new constitution 

1967 - Automated Teller Machine (ATM) invented

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

1968 - Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated June 6, 1968. Following his brother’s assassination on November 22, 1963, Kennedy continued to serve as Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1968 - The National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam (Vietcong)  launches the Tet Offensive 

1968 - Civil Rights Act of 1968 On April 11, 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (commonly known as the Fair Housing Act, or as CRA ‘68).

1968 - Shirley Chisholm becomes first black woman elected to U.S. Congress 

1968 - U.S. signs Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 

January 23, 1968 - The U.S.S. Pueblo incident occurs in the Sea of Japan when North Korea seizes the ship and its crew, accusing it of violating its territorial waters for the purpose of spying.   They would release the prisoners on December 22, but North Korea still hold possession of the U.S.S. Pueblo to this day.

February 13, 1968 - Ford’s Theatre, the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 in Washington, D.C. was reopened to the public.  It had been restored to its original appearance and use as a theatre, now comprising the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site.

March 31, 1968 - President Johnson announces a slowing to the bombing of North Vietnam, and that he would not seek reelection as president.  Peace talks would begin May 10 in Paris; all bombing of North Korea halted October 31.

April 24, 1968 - Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on a motel balcony by James Earl Ray.

June 5, 1968 - Presidential candidate, the Democratic Senator from New York, Robert F. Kennedy, is shot at a campaign victory celebration in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, a Jordanian, after primary victories, and dies one day later.

November 5, 1968 - Richard M. Nixon recaptures the White House from the Democratic party with his victory of Hubert H. Humphrey, Democratic, and 3rd Party candidate George Wallace.  Nixon captures 301 Electoral College Votes to 191 for Humphrey and 46 for Wallace.  

1969 - Richard Nixon becomes President 

1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the moon 

1969 - Warren E. Burger appointed Chief Justice of the United States to replace Earl Warren 

1969 - U.S. bombs North Vietnamese positions in Cambodia and Laos 

January 18, 1969 - Four-party Vietnam war peace talks begin.  In April, U.S. troops in the war reached its zenith at 543,400 and would begin their withdrawal on July 8.

January 12, 1969 - The New York Jets win Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts after a bold prediction by quarterback Joe Namath.  This is the first victory in the National Football League for a former American Football League team.

March 1969 - Helter Skelter - the Manson Family rampage

July 20, 1969 - The Apollo program completes its mission.  Neil Armstrong, United States astronaut, becomes the first man to set foot on the moon four days after launch from Cape Canaveral. His Apollo 11 colleague, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. accompanies him.

July 25, 1969 - President Richard M. Nixon announces his new Vietnam policy, declaring the Nixon Doctrine that expected Asian allies to care for their own military defense.  This policy, and all Vietnam war policies, would be heavily protested throughout the remainder of the year.  On November 15, 1969, more than two hundred and fifty thousand anti-Vietnam war demonstrators marched on Washington, D.C. to peacefully protest the war.

November 20, 1969 - Alcatraz Island, the former prison in San Francisco Bay, is occupied by fourteen American Indians in a long standoff over the issues of Indian causes.

November 21, 1969 - The Internet, called Arpanet during its initial development, is invented by the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense.  The first operational packet switching network in the world was deployed connecting the IMP at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute.  By December 5, it included the entire four node system, with the UCSB and the University of Utah.

1969 - Game “Air Hockey” invented

1969 - Woodstock - Three Days of Peace, Music and Mud

February 7, 1970 - Five members of the “Chicago 7” are convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots during the 1968 Democratic Presidential Convention in Chicago.

April 22, 1970 - The first Earth Day celebration is held with millions of American participating in anti-pollution demonstrations.  These demonstrations included school children walking to school instead of riding the bus.

May 4, 1970 - Four students from Kent State University in Ohio were killed and nine wounded by National Guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War spread into Cambodia.

August 12, 1970 - The United States Postal Service is made independent in a postal reform measure for the first time in almost two centuries.


For the first time, the 1970 census counted over 200 million people living in the United States.  The 13.4% increase since the last census indicated that a 203,302,031 population now called the U.S.A. home.  It had taken only fifty years to go from the first 100 million census in 1920 to the second.  Once again, the geographic center of the United States population was in Illinois, five miles east southeast of Mascoutah.

…and also….

Aswan High Dam Completed 

Beatles Break Up

Invention of floppy discs

Introduction of bar codes

Completion of World Trade Center

The FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) approved Lithium to treat manic-depressives. 

Earthquake in Peru Killed 72,200 people. 

China became the fifth nation to put a satellite into orbit. 

Computer Floppy Disks Introduced 

Palestinian Group Hijacks Five Planes 

Kent State Shootings

Senate Curbs Defacto School Segregation 

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

South Whites Storm Bus To Prevent integration 

National Guard Opens Fire Killing Four Students At Kent State University 

Nixon Asks Vote For 18 Years Olds 

747 With 379 Aboard Hijacked To Cuba 

Soviet Cosmonauts Set New Record Of 17 Days In Space 

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty goes into affect 

Nation Celebrates Earth Day 

Stocks rise 32.04 in 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 

Notable Goodbyes of 1970

Jan 10th - Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44

Jan 12th - Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84

Jan 14th - John J “Johnny” Murphy, US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61

Jan 25th - Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st black female DA in NY, dies at 70

Feb 2nd - Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97

Feb 15th - Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)

Feb 17th - Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69

Feb 20th - Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885

Mar 6th - William Hopper, actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason), dies at 55

Mar 11th - Erle Stanley Gardner, US writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

Apr 6th - Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)

Apr 11th - John H O’Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65

Apr 26th - Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56

Apr 28th - Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69

May 4th - 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard

May 9th - Walter P Reuther, US worker’s union leader/president (CIO), dies

May 14th - Billie Burke, comedienne (Glinda-Wizard of Oz), dies at 84

Jun 8th - Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)

Jun 21st - Achmed Sukarno, 1st president of Indonesia (1945-67), dies at 68

Jun 23rd - Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)

Jul 4th - Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85

Jul 7th - Marjorie Rambeau, actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), dies at 80

Jul 14th - Preston S Foster, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69

Sep 1st - Francois Mauriac, writer, dies

Sep 3rd - Vince Lombardi, football coach (Packers), dies in Washington DC at 57

Sep 4th - James M Taylor, USAF/astronaut, dies at 39

Sep 18th - Jimi Hendrix, rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies of an overdose at 27

Sep 25th - Erich M Remarque, German writer (Im West Nichts Neues), dies at 72

Sep 29th - Edward Everett Horton, actor/narrator (Bulwinkle Show), dies at 84

Oct 4th - Janis Joplin, rock singer (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Oct 21st - John T Scopes, US teacher (Scopes “monkey trial” 1925), dies at 70

Nov 2nd - Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75

Nov 10th - Charles DeGaulle, general/president France (Free French), dies at 79

Nov 26th - B O Davis Sr, 1st black general, dies at 93 in Chicago

Dec 7th - Rube Goldberg, US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87

Dec 23rd - Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 84

Dec 30th - Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38