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News the year I was born

Nabbed from tagplazen, a little web toy that chronicles news events in the year one was born. I'll add one thing not listed here: the week I was born, the Beatles were still together, and I think either "Hey, Jude" or "Let it Be" was number one. It was something that an old friend used to have a teeny bit of jealousy over: he was a big Beatles fan, and the group was still together while I was alive, but they'd broken up by the time he was born.



In 1970 (the year you were born)


Richard Nixon is president of the US


A federal jury finds the "Chicago 7" innocent of conspiring to incite riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention


The lunar spacecraft Apollo 13 splashes down in the Pacific after near catastrophe


The first Earth Day is marked by millions of Americans participating in anti-pollution demonstrations


At Kent State University, National Guardsmen fire into a crowd killing four student antiwar demonstrators


A powerful earthquake claims 50,000 lives in Peru


18 year olds are given the right to vote in federal elections


Tidal wave driven by cyclone from Bay of Bengal hits East Pakistan, killing hundreds of thousands


An anti-war rally is held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, attended by John Kerry, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland


Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Andre Agassi, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Damon are born


Baltimore Orioles win the World Series


Kansas City Chiefs win Superbowl IV


Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup


Tearjerker Love Story is the top grossing film


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is published


"The Long and Winding Road" becomes the Beatles' last Number 1 song

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