1970 History and Events

US males who turned 18 in 1970 were subject to the draft lottery.

The President of the United States was Richard Nixon.

In 1970, music continued to make significant impact with the largest ever rock festival held on the Isle of Wight with 600,000 people attending, including some of the biggest name in music including Jimi Hendrix and The Who. This is also the year The Concord makes its first supersonic flight. Another significant change is the age of voting is now lowered to 18 in the US.

Cost of Living 1970
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  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.84%
  • Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.9%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 838
  • Average Cost of new house $23,450.00
  • Average Income per year $9,400.00
  • Average Monthly Rent $140.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 36 cents
  • Shaefer Pen $9.95
  • United States postage Stamp 6 cents
  • Sports Illustrated 15 cents
  • Mans Westclox Watch $18.00
  • AMC Gremlin $1879

Popular Culture

Popular Films

Popular Music and songs

  • The Beatles with “Let it Be”
  • The Jackson 5 with “ABC and I want you back “
  • Edwin Starr with “War”
  • 1970’s Pop Music Lists – from PopCultureMadness.com

Technology 1970

  • Nodes are added to the ARPANET at the rate of one per month.
  • Programmers Dennis Ritchie and Kenneth Thompson at Bell Labs complete the UNIX operating system on a spare DEC minicomputer. UNIX combines many of the time-sharing and file-management features offered by Multics and wins a wide following, particularly among scientists.
  • Bob Metcalfe builds a high-speed (100 Kbps) network interface between the MIT IMP and a PDP-6 to the ARPANET. It runs for 13 years without human intervention. Metcalfe goes on to build another ARPANET interface for Xerox PARC’s PDP-10 clone (MAXC).
  • DEC announces the Unibus for its PDP-11 minicomputers to allow the addition and integration of myriad computer-cards for instrumentation and communications.
  • In December, the Network Working Group (NWG) led by Steve Crocker finishes the initial ARPANET Host-to-Host protocol, called the Network Control Protocol (NCP).
  • First Jumbo Jet goes into service
  • Concorde makes its first supersonic flight (700 mph/1127 km/h).
  • The Soviet Moon Rover becomes the first remote-controlled robot to travel on the moon’s surface
  • The First Computer Chess Tournament takes Place
  • IBM announces the successors to the IBM System/360 family the IBM System/370 with improved multi processor support.
  • After many years of court battles damages awarded to Thalidomide victims
  • LCD invented in England by George Gray – Liquid Crystal Display

Source: The People History, Computer History Museum

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