- This article is about the year. For the set, see 1970 Pirates Gun Cart.
- The company grew to 1,000 employees.
- Jesse Shwayder, the founder of the Samsonite Corporation, died at the age of 88.
- The LEGO Group started the process to regain the USA LEGO license from Samsonite.
- The first plastic roadway plate was introduced, 50x50 green and gray, in USA/Canada only.