The three-year period during which the Capital High School (CHS) Class of 1970 attended high school could arguably be called one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th century, with terrible tragedies and tremendous accomplishments. Following is a timeline of significant (and trivial) events at the world, national, local and academic levels that occurred during this time.
September 5 – The CHS Class of 1970 starts school as sophomores.
October 2 – Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
October 6 – A mock funeral ceremony entitled "The Death of the Hippie" is held in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco to signal the end of the “Summer of Love.”
October 9 – A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
October 21 – More than 100,000 gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in protest against the Vietnam War, followed by a march of 30-35,000 to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and United States Marshals.
November 3 – The CHS varsity football team defeats Borah 25-21 in front of 13,000 fans in Bronco Stadium.
November 9 – The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published.
November 21 – Construction begins on the first two-story concourse at the Boise Air Terminal.
December 3 – In Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human. 53-year-old Louis Washkansky lives for 18 days after the transplant.
December 6 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.
December 31 – The Youth International Party, popularly known as the “Yippies,” is founded.
January 20 – Elvin Hayes and the Houston Cougars defeat Lew Alcindor and the UCLA Bruins 71-69 in college basketball’s “Game of the Century.” The loss ends UCLA’s 47-game winning streak.
January 22 – Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is launched as a weekly program on NBC.
January 23 – The USS Pueblo is captured by North Korea in international waters. One U.S. sailor was killed and 83 others were captured and held for the next 355 days.
January 30 – At midnight the Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam, catching American and South Vietnamese troops completely by surprise.
February 8 – The classic science fiction film Planet of The Apes premiers in New York City.
February 17 – At the Winter Olympics in Grenoble in France, skier Jean-Claude Killy wins the Men’s Slalom to take his third gold medal of the Games.
March 9 – The CHS varsity basketball team defeats Nampa 68-58 to win the Idaho A-1 State Championship.
March 16 – Senator Robert F. Kennedy announces he will enter the presidential race. On the same day, U.S. ground troops kill hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam.
March 22 – Less than two months before their breakup, Buffalo Springfield plays a concert at the CHS gym, including a 20-minute version of “Bluebird.”
April 4 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot and killed. Riots erupt in major American cities, some lasting for days.
April 23 – Hundreds of students gather on the campus of Columbia University in New York City to protest the Vietnam War and occupy several buildings on campus for several days.
May 18 – The CHS tennis team takes the Idaho state Class A championship. Sophomore Kit Herndon teams with senior Linda Chaney to win the girls doubles championship.
June 5 – Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles and dies of his wounds the next day.
August 2 – The City of Boise issues a permit to demolish the Pinney Theater at 809 West Jefferson Street to make way for construction of a parking lot for the Hotel Boise.
August 26-29 – The Democratic National Convention takes place in Chicago as thousands of students, antiwar activists and other demonstrators—including groups like the Yippies, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers—pour into Chicago, where they are met with a violent police response called out by Mayor Richard Daley. Hubert Humphrey earns the Democratic nomination.
September 3 – The CHS Class of 1970 starts its junior year.
October 16 – In the medal award ceremony for the men's 200-meter race at the Summer Olympics, black American athletes Tommie Smith (gold) and John Carlos (bronze) take a stand for civil rights by raising their black-gloved fists and wearing black socks in lieu of shoes.
November 5 – Richard Nixon is elected president over Hubert Humphrey. The third-party candidate George Wallace captures 13.5 percent of the popular vote and five southern states.
November 11 – The CHS varsity football team defeats Boise 33-7 before 8,000 rain-soaked fans. Capital finishes the season with a 7-3 record and a tie for second in the Southern Idaho Conference.
November 26 – O.J. Simpson of the University of Southern California wins the Heisman Trophy.
December 12 – After two years of construction, the 4.25-mile-long connector linking the Main-Fairview couplet in Boise to Interstate 80N (now Interstate 84) near Maple Grove Road is opened to traffic.
December 24 – Three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 become the first humans to orbit the moon.
January 12 – The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
January 20 – The Boise City Council accepts the comprehensive plan and design for the Boise River Greenbelt.
February 1 – CHS junior Don Rowles wins the downhill ski event at the Mt. Werner Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
February 4 – Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
February 9 – First test flight of the Boeing 747.
March 5 – The Plaza Twin Cinemas open at the Hillcrest Plaza as the first new movie theaters in Boise in 22 years and the first twin theaters in Idaho.
March 7 – The CHS varsity basketball team blows an 18-point lead and loses to Pocatello 55-61 in the championship bracket of the state A-1 tournament in Pocatello.
March 10 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.
March 17 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
March 25 – During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
April 4 – Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
April 11 – CHS student body officer elections are held for the upcoming year. Elected are: Bob Burns, President; Mel Fisher, Vice President; Carol Brassey, Treasurer; Pat Faubion, Recording Secretary; and Marilee Guernsey, Corresponding Secretary. Cheerleaders for the upcoming year are seniors Eloise Beal, Connie Bosch, Carole Chatterton and junior Carol Ewing.
April 14 – At the Academy Awards there is a tie for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
April 15 – North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
April 17 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
April 28 – Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
May 15 – A six-year old first grader is killed and 60 are injured when a truck crashes into a school bus at the intersection of Chinden Boulevard and Glenwood Street in Boise. Several CHS students are among the injured and CHS teacher John Sherod witnesses the crash on his way to work.
May 15 – The CHS Girls State delegates for the summer session are announced as Carol Brassey, Marilee Guernsey, Pam Racine and Maureen Richardson. The Boys State delegates are Mel Fisher, Randy Foster, Blaine Ray, and Rick Williams.
May 17 – The CHS tennis team places second at the state A-1 tournament with senior Doug Davis and junior Kit Herndon taking 1st in mixed doubles, senior Shirley Foster and junior Laurie Maffey 2nd in girls’ doubles and senior Jim Kiser and junior Blaine Ray 2nd in boys’ doubles.
May 21 – The FairVu Cinema opens adjacent to the FairVu Drive-In. Other movie theaters in Boise are the Ada Theater, the Boise Theater, Plaza Twin Cinemas, the Vista Theater, and the Broadway Drive-In.
June 22 – The Cuyahoga River catches fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
June 23 – Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.
June 28 – The Stonewall Riots begin in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.
July 18 – After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, United States Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies.
July 20 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.
August 9 – Members of the Manson Family cult murder actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles.
August 15 – The Woodstock music festival opens in Bethel, New York.
August 17 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.42 billion in damage.
September 2 – The CHS Class of 1970 begins its senior year.
September 5 – U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.
September 24 – The trial of the Chicago Seven (originally the Chicago Eight), indicted for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention, opens in Chicago.
September 26 – Abbey Road, the last recorded album by The Beatles, is released.
October 29 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
November 6 – The CHS drama club presents the Greek drama “Antigone.” Cast and crew are noted in the CHS yearbook.
November 19 – After finishing the season with an 8-2 record, Steve Bastian, Doran Dahlke and Bruce Watson are named to the first-team offense of the All-SIC football team and Blaine Ray is selected for the first-team defense.
November 15 – In Washington, D.C., 250,000-500,000 protesters stage a Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, including a symbolic “March Against Death.”
November 17 – Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki, Finland to begin Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) aimed at limiting the number of weapons of mass destruction.
November 20 – Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971.
November 29 – CHS senior Margi Holland is crowned Boise’s Junior Miss at a pageant at the CHS Auditorium. Capital is also represented in the pageant by Eloise Beal, Debbie Blaser, Robin Conklin, Marilyn Griffith, Vicki Jeppson, Julie Miller, Becky Nielson and Ginger Riddle.
December 1 – The first draft lottery in the United States since World War II is held.
December 1 – The “Boise Bypass,” the 10.3 miles of Interstate 80N (now Interstate 84) from Maple Grove to Isaac’s Canyon, is opened to traffic.
December 1 – A new dress code now allows CHS female students to wear pants during the months of December, January and February. Jeans, however, are NOT allowed.
December 6 – Meredith Hunter is killed by Hells Angels during a Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in California.
December 17 – The United States Air Force closes its study of unidentified flying objects (Project Blue Book).
January 4 – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes Tonghai County, China, killing at least 15,000 people.
January 15 – Moammar Gadhafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
January 27 – CHS senior Jeanette Odell is selected to the All-State Band; seniors Jim Holsinger, Teri Peterson, and Janet West are selected to the All-State Orchestra; and seniors John Carlson, Kip Jenkins, Vicki Jeppson, Dave Musgrave, Teri Peterson and Tina Vilchez are named to the All-State Choir.
February 14 – As a stunt to call attention to a change in format at the station, Boise radio station KYME plays only one song, continuously, from 7:45 AM to 6:15 PM. The song is “Instant Karma” by the Plastic Ono Band.
February 16 – The CHS music and drama departments combine to present the musical “Carousel,” with cast and crew credited in the CHS yearbook.
February 18 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
February 21 – The CHS wrestling team places 4th at the Class A state championships. Seniors Blaine Ray and Jim Gempler place 2nd and 3rd, respectively in their weight classes.
March 2 – Four CHS students receive awards in the mayor’s “Ability Counts” essay contest. Dixie Moore wins 1st place and $25, John Dagres wins 3rd place and $10, and Jane Zimmerman Smith and Cathy Allen receive honorable mention.
March 5 – The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.
March 7 – The CHS varsity basketball team loses to Meridian 43-45 in the A-1 Region II basketball tournament, ending the Eagles’ season with a 14-10 record.
March 21 – CHS senior Don Rowles, ranked as the number one junior skier in the country, wins the downhill and places second in the giant slalom at the North American Junior Alpine Ski Championship. His fall in the slalom prevents him from winning the overall title.
March 18 – The U.S. postal strike of 1970 begins, one of the largest wildcat strikes in U.S. history.
April 4 – The CHS girls’ debate team of Nancy Bissell, Carol Brassey, Louise Dean and junior Gwen Henderlider wins the girls’ division of the state debate championships.
April 4 – The CHS drill team wins the Pacific Northwest Drill Team Competition. Captains for the Eagles are Cheryl Hale, Colleen Peterson, Maureen Richardson and Barbie Schovanec.
April 8 – The CHS drama club presentation of Thornton Wilder’s “Skin of Our Teeth” debuts. Cast and crew are noted in the CHS yearbook.
April 11 – Apollo 13 is launched. Two days later an oxygen tank onboard explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
April 17 – The Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
April 22 – The first Earth Day is celebrated. CHS students participate by wearing grubby clothes, walking or bicycling to school and watching a light show titled “Attack on Your Senses.”
May 1 – Protests erupt in Seattle and at campuses across the U.S., following the announcement by President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
May 2 – The CHS Junior-Senior Prom is held with the theme “Cloud Illusions.” John Carlson and Julie Miller are crowned king and queen and Ron Weston and Marilee Guernsey are named prince and princess.
May 4 – Four Kent State students are killed and nine others are wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers who are attempting to disburse a crowd of 2,000 students protesting U.S. bombing in Cambodia.
May 5 – The ten outstanding seniors for the CHS Class of 1970, chosen by school administrators, are honored at a Kiwanis luncheon. They are: Carol Brassey, Bob Burns, Randy Foster, Marilee Guernsey, Jeanette Odell, Maureen Richardson, Dave Swanson, Ellen Veigel, Ron Weston and Rick Williams.
May 9 – In Washington, D.C., 60,000 student war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
May 13 – At the CHS junior class assembly, Steve Bastian and Eloise Beal are announced as Mister and Miss Capital.
May 15 – President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington as the first female United States Army Generals.
May 16 – The CHS tennis team places 3rd at the state Class A tennis tournament, paced by the boys’ doubles victory by Gary Emsiek and Roger Anderson and the second place in mixed doubles by Blaine Ray and Kit Herndon.
May 16 – The CHS track team gets four places at the Class A state track meet: Ron Tidwell, 2nd in discus; the team of Corky Chapman, Joe Cheney, Greg Laragan and Ross Nelson 2nd in the 880 relay and 5th in the 440 relay; and Kim Berger, 3rd in the shot put.
May 16 – Capital beats Borah to win the District Three A-1 baseball championship.
May 28 – Graduation for the CHS Class of 1970.