1970

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1969 1970 1971

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Events

  • Nixon orders invasion of Cambodia.
  • Beetles movie Yellow Submarine released.
  • U.S. Congres passes the 1970 Clean Air Act (Public Law 91-604).
  • Sulieman Franjieh becomes President of Lebanon.
  • PLO tranfers its HQ to Lebanon after beign defeated in Jordanian Civil War.
  • China's population is 829.92 million. PRC is still winning the demographic race to the bottom.
  • International section of the Black Panther Party led by Eldridge Cleaver establishes embassy in North Korea.
  • Brazil adopts the Federal Statute of the Indian.

Timeline

January

  • January 22: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight, ushering in a revolution in jet transport and making international travel routine.

February

  • February: Paris Peace Talks between U.S. and North Vietnam begin.
  • Feb. 11: Dick Parker publishes article in the New Jersey Journal claiming that Canadian consideration of legalizing cannabis will add to its reputation as a "hippe Utopia."
  • February 12: Darwin Day

April

  • April 10: Right wing military dictatorship of Gen. Lon Nol in Cambodia massacres 3000 ethnic Vietnamese men and boys from Phnom Penh and sumps their boys in the river.
  • April 14: An explosion strikes NASA's Apollo 13 mission. Three days later, the entire crew returns safely to Earth.
  • April 15: First Infantry Division leaves South Vietnam.
  • April 22: First Earth Day.
  • April 24: FBI issues wanted poster for SDS Weathermen radical Bernadine Dohrn, making her one of J. Edgar Hoover's ten most wanted fugitives.
  • April 24: President-for-Life and future Emperor "Papa Bok" Jean-Bedel Bokassa issues ordinance giving himself complete power over promotion and demotion in the army of the Central African Republic.
  • April 30: Richard Nixon announces that United States and South Vietnamese military forces would enter Cambodia as part of the continuing war in Vietnam. In fact, U.S. forces had been conducting smaller raids into Cambodia for more than a year. Claiming that it was not an invasion Nixon tells the television audience: "Tonight, Amertican and South Vietnamese units will attack the headquarters of the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam."

May

June

  • June: Gallup Poll reports that 82% of Americans disapproved of campus strikes.
  • June: Richard M. "Tricky Dick" Nixon blames the victims; establishes President's Commission on Campus Unrest to identify the principle causes of campus violence and "protect academic freedom."

July

  • July 15: Louisiana Representative H. Edward Heberts special panel of the House Armed Services Committee to investigate the My Lai Massacre delivers 53 page report, parts of which attacks the U.S. Army for failing to cooperate with the panel. THe report concludes that the U.S. DoD and State Department had attempted to suppress evidence of the atrocity.
  • July 17: Life Magazine carries Tom Harkin's photos and story about the "tiger cages" of Con Son Island.
  • July 17: Dipapidated Lincoln Hospital taken over in a protest against inadequate health care. New hospital contructed in 1976 to fulfill Mayor Lindsay's promise to community activists.
  • July 27: Bombing raids by B-52s resume over Cambodia after DoD realizes that Nixon's "incursion" had simply spread Viet Cong units in Cambodia over a larger area.

August

  • August 5: Huey P. Newton released from prison.
  • August 29: Third Chicano Moratorium in Laguna Park draws 30,000 people.

September

  • September 4: Salvador Allende wins 36% (a plurality) of the vote in a three way race for the Presidency of Chile.
  • September 12: Weathermen break Tomothy Leary out of jail in San Luis Obispo.

October

  • October 1: Fiji becomes independent of Britain.
  • October 15: Moratorium Day nation-wide protests against the Vietam War, including 100,000 on Boston Common, 50,000 at the Washington Monument, 20,000 in New York financial district and 30,000 on New Haven Green.
  • October 24:

November

  • Black Panther Party convenes the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention in Washington, DC.
  • November 25: Japanese author and wingnut Mishima Yukio dies.
  • November 30: Massacre of Eritrean villagers by Ethiopian Army at Besik-Dira kills 200. Survivors flee to village of Ona.

December

  • December: 25th Infantry Division leaves South Vietnam.
  • December 1: Massacre of Eritrean villagers by Ethiopian Army at Ona kills 700.
  • December 31: The United States begins withdrawing troops from Vietnam.
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