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December 16th, 1970.

December 16th, 1970, was a Wednesday. It was day 350 of 1970. The decade was the 1970s.

50 years, 11 months and 19 days have passed since December 16th, 1970.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1970.

  • United States: Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & Miracles
  • United Kingdom: I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 16th, 1970.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones Featuring David Cassidy
  • Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
  • One Less Bell To Answer - The 5th Dimension
  • I'll Be There - Jackson 5
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.
Scrooge

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Scrooge" was at the top of the box office on December 16th, 1970.

Take me back to December 16th, 1970!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 16th, 1970 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1970 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson & Miracles is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Hear You Knocking by Dave Edmunds is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Scrooge 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.

The romantic drama film "Love Story" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sonny Liston, Coco Chanel, Igor Stravinsky and Jim Morrison would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "Hawaii Five-O" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Banana Splits", "Skyhawks", "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" and "Harlem Globetrotters". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Troll doll, Etch A Sketch, Operation 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 December 16th, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 50 years, 11 months and 19 days have passed since December 16th, 1970.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1970.
  • Leap Year: 1970 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 16th, 1970, will be 50 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1970 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 30150000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1970.

  • November 17th, 1970: United States Army officer William Calley goes on trial for his role in the Mỹ Lai massacre.
  • November 23rd, 1970: The song "My Sweet Lord" is released by George Harrison.
  • November 27th, 1970: Benjamin Mendoza attempts to assassinate Pope Paul VI.
  • December 2nd, 1970: The US Environmental Protection Agency begins operating.
  • This date: December 16th, 1970
  • December 23rd, 1970: The North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped, making it the tallest building in the world.
  • December 24th, 1970: Disney releases the animated film "The Aristocats".
  • January 1st, 1971: The last cigarette advertisement is shown on US television.
  • January 2nd, 1971: 66 people are crushed to death at a Rangers vs. Celtic football match.
  • January 5th, 1971: Boxing legend Sonny Liston is found dead by his wife at their home in Las Vegas.
  • January 10th, 1971: French fashion designer Coco Chanel passes away at the age of 87.
  • January 12th, 1971: The first episode of "All in the Family" is aired.
  • January 14th, 1971: Soul group The Temptations release their song "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1970, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • 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: December 16th, 1970 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.

TV shows from December, 1970.

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.

The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.

McCloud
McCloud
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.

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.

Kids' TV shows on December 16th, 1970.

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

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Groovie Goolies
Groovie Goolies

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats

Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters

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

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

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 December 16th, 1976 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 16th.

Xander Berkeley

Actor.
Born on December 16th, 1955
He turned 15 on this day in 1970.

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on December 16th, 1961
He turned 9 on this day in 1970.

Mats Hummels

German soccer player.
Born on December 16th, 1988
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1970.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1970.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1970 was most likely conceived around March 25th, 1970.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1970 is close to September 8th, 1971.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1970.

  • A total of 18,616 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,659 weeks have passed.
  • 1,608,426,000 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1970.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,876,497,000 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1970, the earth has travelled approximately 829,947,816,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 268,071,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 138,324,636 steps. That's about 61,478 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,301,112 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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