1970 was a tumultuous time for the United States. President Nixon ordered the invasion of Cambodia, extending the war in Vietnam and leading to protests throughout the country, and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved unsuccessful when an oxygen tank failed two days into the mission. The pop culture world suffered some rough times as well – the music industry was forever changed with the breakup of the Beatles and the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
However, our graduation year did also bring other memorable music events. The Isle of Wright Festival took place, with 600,000 people in attendance, making it the largest rock festival at the time, and Black Sabbath released their debut album, credited as the beginning of the heavy metal genre (how many of you remember purchasing it?)
There were some positive changes in climate strategies as well. The first Earth Day took place and congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act. Nixon also signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, banning smoking television commercials, and he signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, ensuring companies provide employees hazard-free working environments.
On the technological side, the first Jumbo Jet went into service, and Concorde made its first supersonic flight, at 700 miles per hour.