In the first year of the 1970s, a solar eclipse occurred in March, visible across North and Central America.
It was the first time a solar eclipse occurred that was shown in colour on television. CBS Television aired The Solar Eclipse as a CBS News Special Report.
A solar eclipse occurs when the new moon comes between the sun and the earth, and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on the earth.
Due to weather, the best spot to see the path of totality was Mexico and CBS headed south to cover the event, with the eclipse lasting three minutes and 28 seconds.
The broadcast special was for an hour, with CBS TV host Charles Kuralt explaining what was happening to the public.