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January 1st, 1970.

January 1st, 1970, was a Thursday. It was day 1 of 1970. The decade was the 1970s.

52 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since January 1st, 1970.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on January 1st, 1970?

  • Unix time begins.
Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1970.

  • United States: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - B.J. Thomas
  • United Kingdom: Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 1st, 1970.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - B.J. Thomas
  • Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Play the top hits from 1970.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1970. Take a trip back to the days of the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and the Jackson 5.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was at the top of the box office on January 1st, 1970.

Take me back to January 1st, 1970!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 1st, 1970 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1970 and a brand new decade. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before.

In America, the song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by B.J. Thomas is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson is the current Prime Minister. It's 1970, so radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as Elvis Presley, Mungo Jerry, Shocking Blue, Diana Ross, Simon & Garfunkel, The Jackson 5 and The Carpenters. In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s is still popular. Clothing items such as tie dye shirts, bell-bottoms, midi skirts, gauchos and Mexican blouses are being worn by women. Meanwhile, men are wearing dark satin shirts, ethnic-looking tunics, bell bottom jeans, tweed sports jackets and turtlenecks.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Tammi Terrell, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Charles de Gaulle would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Dark Shadows", "Here's Lucy" and "Hee Haw". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "JOT the Dot", "Spider-Man", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Joe 90".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Twister mat, Crissy (doll) and Snoopy Astronaut (figure).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 1st, 1970.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • The Vietnam War is still ongoing.

    The Vietnam War is still ongoing.

    During 1970, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. By this stage, the conflict had become deeply unpopular with most Americans. Troop numbers in the country started to be reduced, having reached their peak two years prior. In 1970, 6,081 US service personnel were killed in action.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1970?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1970?

    The best NBA players in 1970 were Willis Reed, Billy Cunningham, Connie Hawkins, Jerry West and Walt Frazier.

  • Who were the best football players in 1970?

    Who were the best football players in 1970?

    In 1970, the best soccer players were Gerd Müller, Bobby Moore, Luigi Riva, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Overath, Dragan Džajić, Johan Cruyff, Gordon Banks and Alessandro Mazzola.

  • Patton.

    Patton.

    "Patton" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1970.

  • Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge over Troubled Water"

    Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge over Troubled Water"

    "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel won a Grammy for 1970's Song of the Year.

  • 1970 in movies.

    1970 in movies.

    Movies released in 1970 included Love Story, MASH, Airport, Patton, Woodstock, Little Big Man, Ryan's Daughter, "Tora! Tora! Tora!", Chariots of the Gods, The Aristocats, The Conformist, A Man Called Horse and The Vampire Lovers.

  • Willy Brandt.

    Willy Brandt.

    West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1970.

  • 1970 in music.

    1970 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1970 were dominated by the likes of The Jackson 5, B. J. Thomas, The Beatles, The Carpenters, The Partridge Family, Simon & Garfunkel, Bread, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, George Harrison and Shocking Blue.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

  • Color TV.

    Color TV.

    Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 52 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since January 1st, 1970.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1970.
  • Leap Year: 1970 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1970, will be 52 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1970 belong to the Generation X generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1970.

  • December 4th, 1969: Black Panther activist Fred Hampton is shot and killed in his bed during a predawn raid by law enforcement.
  • December 5th, 1969: The Rolling Stones release their song "Gimme Shelter".
  • December 6th, 1969: Hells Angels security guards stab 18-year-old audience member Meredith Hunter to death during a performance of The Rolling Stones at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert in California.
  • December 12th, 1969: The Jackson 5 release their debut album.
  • December 12th, 1969: 17 people are killed after a bomb explodes at the headquarters of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Milan, Italy.
  • December 16th, 1969: The musical romantic comedy film "Hello, Dolly!" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 28th, 1969: The Provisional IRA issues its first public statement.
  • This date: January 1st, 1970
  • January 3rd, 1970: Actor Robert B. Sinclair is stabbed to death by a burglar at his home in Montecito, California.
  • January 4th, 1970: 15,621 people are killed in the Yunnan province of China after a 7.7 Richter magnitude scale earthquake strikes.
  • January 11th, 1970: Super Bowl IV: The Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • January 12th, 1970: 3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer goes missing in Wollongong, Australia.
  • January 17th, 1970: Irish politics: Sinn Féin is formed (current form).
  • January 22nd, 1970: The first commercial Boeing 747 flight takes place between JFK International Airport and London Heathrow Airport.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1970, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1970 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1970 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from January, 1970.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.

Then Came Bronson
Then Came Bronson
Adventure series starring Michael Parks as James Bronson.

Room 222
Room 222
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.

I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.

Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1970.

1970 saw the introduction of cars such as the Dodge Colt, the Toyota Carina, the Range Rover, the Ford Pinto, the AMC Gremlin and the Chevrolet Vega.

Cars in 1970.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 1st, 1970.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1970.

The Clangers
The Clangers

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

Cattanooga Cats
Cattanooga Cats

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Skyhawks
Skyhawks

H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf

Joe 90
Joe 90

The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver

The Archie Show
The Archie Show

The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Spider-Man
Spider-Man

Aquaman
Aquaman

The Monkees
The Monkees

The New Adventures of Superman
The New Adventures of Superman

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot

Underdog
Underdog

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1970.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1970.

G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team

Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls

Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
Snoopy Astronaut (figure)

Frisbee
Frisbee

Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)

Clackers
Clackers

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker

Operation
Operation

Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Army men
Army men

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1970.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 1st, 1976 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 1st.

J. Edgar Hoover

The first Director of the FBI. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1895
He turned 75 on this day in 1970.

Grandmaster Flash

Hip Hop DJ.
Born on January 1st, 1958
He turned 12 on this day in 1970.

Verne Troyer

Actor. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1969
He turned 1 on this day in 1970.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.

  • New Year's Day
USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1970.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1970.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1970 was most likely conceived around April 10th, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1970 is close to September 24th, 1970.

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Stats for January 1st, 1970

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1970.

  • A total of 19,132 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,733 weeks have passed.
  • 1,653,004,800 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1970.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,928,505,600 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1970, the earth has travelled approximately 852,950,476,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 275,500,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 142,158,413 steps. That's about 63,182 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,836,058 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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