• The National Guard fire on and kill four protestors at Kent State University in Ohio
• Apollo 13 mission to the moon was abandoned…The “successful failure” of space exploration.
• The voting age is lowered from 21 to 18
• 100-thousand people demonstrate in Washington D.C. against the Vietnam War
• The first Earth Day is celebrated.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Patton,” “M*A*S*H,” “Airport” and “Love Story”
• T.V.: Marcus Welby,MD, Flip Wilson, Here’s Lucy, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O
• Guys were longing for… Rachel Welch, Barbara Eden, Diana Rigg, Barbara Feldon and Jane Fonda
• The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl and the cost of a Super Bowl ad $78,000
• The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in England. 600-thousand people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, ELP, Jethro Tull to name a few.
• Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles have disbanded…Simon and Garfunkel release their final album together, Bridge Over Troubled Water. The Title Track won the Grammy for song of the year.
• Jimi Hendrix (choked on drug induced vomit/barbiturate overdose)
• Janis Joplin (heroin overdose)
• Sonny Liston
• Rolling Stone ranked the song #402 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
• The title is an intentional mondegreen for "thank you for letting me be myself again."
• The lyrics can be interpreted as a summation of both the career of Sly and the Family Stone to date, as well as a portrait of the era at the transition from the 1960s into the 1970s.
• The third verse contains specific references to the group's previous hit songs, "Dance To The Music" "Everyday People", "Sing a Simple Song", and "You Can Make It If You Try."
• Here’s “Sly & The Family Stone” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) your #1 @ 1 from February 1970.