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August 20th, 1970.

August 20th, 1970, was a Thursday. It was day 232 of 1970. The decade was the Seventies.

52 years, 3 months and 10 days have passed since August 20th, 1970.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 20th, 1970.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 20th, 1970.

  • United States: Make It With You - Bread
  • United Kingdom: The Wonder Of You - Elvis Presley

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 20th, 1970.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • (They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters
  • Make It With You - Bread
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
  • Spill The Wine - Eric Burdon And War
  • In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
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.
Getting Straight

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Getting Straight".

Take me back to August 20th, 1970!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is August 20th, 1970, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 1970 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song Make It With You by Bread is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, The Wonder Of You by Elvis Presley is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Getting Straight is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath 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 Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Charles de Gaulle and Sonny Liston would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "Columbo", "Hee Haw" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Underdog", "The Adventures of Gulliver", "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" and "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Troll doll, Ken (doll), Frisbee and Snoopy Astronaut (figure).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 20th, 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, 3 months and 10 days have passed since August 20th, 1970.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 of 1970.
  • Leap Year: 1970 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 20th, 1970 will be 52 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1970 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 19954800.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to August 20th, 1970.

  • July 24th, 1970: Charles Manson appears in court with an "X" carved into his forehead.
  • August 5th, 1970: Black Panthers founder Huey Newton is released after murder charges against him are overturned.
  • August 11th, 1970: Muhammad Ali is granted a license to box for the first time since his draft refusal.
  • August 12th, 1970: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. is founded.
  • August 18th, 1970: 27-year-old Spanish actress Soledad Miranda dies in a car accident.
  • This date: August 20th, 1970
  • August 23rd, 1970: Salad Bowl strike: The largest farm worker strike in US history begins.
  • August 24th, 1970: A university physics researcher is killed after Vietnam War protesters bomb Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • August 26th, 1970: 600,000 people attend the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.
  • August 29th, 1970: Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar is killed by an LA County Sheriff deputy during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War.
  • September 6th, 1970: Palestinian terrorists hijack two passenger jets that are flying between Europe and the United States.
  • September 11th, 1970: 310 hostages are released by Palestinian plane hijackers at Dawson's Field near Zarqa, Jordan.
  • September 12th, 1970: The animated series "Josie and the Pussycats" debuts on television.
  • September 18th, 1970: Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is found dead after an overdose on barbiturates.
  • September 19th, 1970: The first Glastonbury Festival is held.
  • September 19th, 1970: Greek student Kostas Georgakis sets himself on fire in Matteotti Square in Genoa, Italy, in a protest against Greek dictator Georgios Papadopoulos.
  • September 19th, 1970: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" makes its debut on CBS.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 20th, 1970, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1970 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 20th, 1970 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 20th, 1970.

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Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1970.

TV shows from August, 1970.

Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor
Sitcom starring Juliet Mills and Richard Long.

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.

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.

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 August 20th, 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

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 you should check out August 20th, 1976 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 20th.

Ron Paul

US politician.
Born on August 20th, 1935
He turned 35 on this day in 1970.

Slobodan Milošević

Yugoslav and Serbian politician. Deceased
Born on August 20th, 1941
He turned 29 on this day in 1970.

Robert Plant

Musician.
Born on August 20th, 1948
He turned 22 on this day in 1970.

Phil Lynott

Irish musician. Deceased
Born on August 20th, 1949
He turned 21 on this day in 1970.

Dimebag Darrell

Musician. Deceased
Born on August 20th, 1966
He turned 4 on this day in 1970.

Demi Lovato

Singer.
Born on August 20th, 1992
She was born exactly 22 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on August 20th, 1970.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 20th, 1970 was most likely conceived around November 27th, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 20th, 1970 is close to May 13th, 1971.

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Stats for August 20th, 1970

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 20th, 1970.

  • A total of 19,095 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,727 weeks have passed.
  • 1,649,811,600 seconds have passed since the August 20th, 1970.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,924,780,200 times.
  • Since August 20th, 1970, the Earth has travelled approximately 851,302,785,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 274,968,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 141,883,798 steps. That's about 63,059 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,797,739 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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