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May 31st, 1970.

May 31st, 1970, was a Sunday. It was day 151 of 1970. The decade was the 1970s.

51 years, 3 months and 27 days have passed since May 31st, 1970.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 31st, 1970?

  • The 1970 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Mexico.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1970.

  • United States: Everything Is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
  • United Kingdom: Back Home - England World Cup Squad
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.
Airport

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Airport" was at the top of the box office on May 31st, 1970.

Take me back to May 31st, 1970!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 31st, 1970 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1970 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Everything Is Beautiful by Ray Stevens is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Back Home by England World Cup Squad is the number one hit song.

Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Airport 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. An air disaster film called "Airport" is currently being shown in movie theaters. In Mexico, the 1970 FIFA World Cup is currently taking place.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Charles de Gaulle and Sonny Liston would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Gunsmoke", "Columbo." and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Underdog", "The Banana Splits", "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" and "Sesame Street".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Motorific (slot car toys), Battleship (game) and Clackers.

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 May 31st, 1970.

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup.

    1970 FIFA World Cup.

    The 1970 FIFA World Cup was taking place in Mexico at this time. Brazil went on to win the competition by defeating Italy 4-1 in the final.

  • The Carpenters become a hit.

    The Carpenters become a hit.

    On May 14th, 1970, American duo The Carpenters released their song "(They Long to Be) Close to You". The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and charts in Canada and Australia.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 51 years, 3 months and 27 days have passed since May 31st, 1970.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 22 of 1970.
  • Leap Year: 1970 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 31st, 1970, will be 51 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1970 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 12956400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 31st, 1970.

  • May 4th, 1970: Ohio National Guardsmen shoot and kill four Kent State University students at an anti-war protest.
  • May 6th, 1970: Football: Feyenoord win the European Cup after they defeat Celtic 2-1.
  • May 6th, 1970: Irish politicians Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney are dismissed from the government after they are accused of being involved in a plot to import weapons for the Provisional IRA.
  • May 9th, 1970: 100,000 people demonstrate against the Vietnam War in Washington D.C.
  • May 14th, 1970: American duo The Carpenters release their hit single "(They Long to Be) Close to You".
  • This date: May 31st, 1970
  • June 16th, 1970: American football player Brian Piccolo passes away from cancer at the age of 26.
  • June 21st, 1970: Brazil win the 1970 FIFA World Cup after beating Italy 4-1.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 31st, 1970, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1970 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 31st, 1970 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father - American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on May 31st, 1970.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1970.

  • The Clangers
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Cattanooga Cats
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • The Banana Splits
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
  • Spider-Man
  • The New Adventures of Superman
  • JOT the Dot
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie

Popular toys and games in 1970.

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

  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Nerf Balls
  • Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

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 May 31st, 1976 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 31st.

Clint Eastwood

Actor.
Born on May 31st, 1930
He turned 40 on this day in 1970.

Colin Farrell

Irish actor.
Born on May 31st, 1976
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Marco Reus

German soccer player.
Born on May 31st, 1989
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on May 31st, 1970.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1970.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 31st, 1970 was most likely conceived around the 21st of August, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 31st, 1970 is close to the 10th of March, 1971.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 31st, 1970.

  • A total of 18,747 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,678 weeks have passed.
  • 1,619,740,800 seconds have passed since the May 31st, 1970.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,889,697,600 times.
  • Since May 31st, 1970, the earth has travelled approximately 835,786,252,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 269,956,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 139,297,709 steps. That's about 61,910 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,436,890 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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