What Happened in August 1970

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
  • Aug 1 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 Willie Stargell (Pirates) ties record of 5 extra base hits in a game
  • Aug 1 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 Baltimore defeats KC 10-8, Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals
  • Aug 2 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Aug 2 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • Aug 3 4 day NFL strike ends
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • Aug 3 Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history
  • Aug 3 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire passes her driving test on 40th try

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Aug 5 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • Aug 5 US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 7 1st computer chess tournament
  • Aug 7 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • Aug 7 WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)
  • Aug 9 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 US exchange students explodes
  • Aug 10 Jim Morrison is tried in Miami on "lewd & lascivious behavior"
  • Aug 10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • Aug 11 Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
  • Aug 11 Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
  • Aug 13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Aug 14 City University of NY inaugurates open admissions
  • Aug 14 Steven Stills arrested for drug possession
  • Aug 15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern Hills OK

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Aug 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cincinnati Golf Open
  • Aug 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • Aug 19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • Aug 19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 -21] Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
  • Aug 21 The Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) is established with Gerry Fitt as the first leader of the party
  • Aug 23 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Los Angeles)

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970
  • Aug 29 Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
  • Aug 31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Aug 31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • Aug 31 Peter Yarrow arrested for taking "immoral liberties" with girl, 14
  • Aug 31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • Aug 1 Quentin Coryatt, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 1 David James, English footballer
  • Aug 2 Chainey Umphrey, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 2 Elijah Alexander, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos)
  • Aug 2 Jonathan Andrew Kaye, PGA golfer (1995 Quad City-2nd), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 2 Kevin Smith, director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks)
  • Aug 2 Philo Wallace, cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92)
  • Aug 2 Tony Amonte, Hingham MA, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA)
  • Aug 2 Wes Bender, WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, NO Saints)
  • Aug 3 Darren Mickell, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, NO Saints)
  • Aug 3 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer
  • Aug 3 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones)
  • Aug 4 Orlando Trustfull, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Aug 4 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 4 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • Aug 4 John August, American screenwriter
  • Aug 5 Andy Antoine, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 5 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 5 Travis Moore, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 5 James Gunn, American filmmaker
  • Aug 6 Mike Strange, Niagara Falls Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 6 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian/American film director
  • Aug 6 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 7 Eric Namesnik, US, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-1992, 96)
  • Aug 7 Joe Cocozzo, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 8 Amaia Arruti, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 8 Catriona Fallon, Burlingame California, rower (Olympics-4th-92, 96)
  • Aug 8 Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 8 Pascal Duquenne, Belgian actor
  • Aug 9 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 9 Rod Brind'amour, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team Canada 98), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 9 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • Aug 9 Thomas Lennon, American actor
  • Aug 9 Arion Salazar, American musician (Third Eye Blind)
  • Aug 10 Brendon Julian, cricketer (in NZ Australian left-arm quickie 1993-)
  • Aug 10 Bret Hedican, St-paul, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Aug 10 Gino Torretta, quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1992, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 10 Jeff Mangum, American musician
  • Aug 11 Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
  • Aug 12 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympics-8th-92, 96)
  • Aug 12 Anthony Swofford, American novelist
  • Aug 12 Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
  • Aug 12 Charles Mesure, British actor
  • Aug 13 Elvis Grbac, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs)
  • Aug 13 Tim Watson, NFL/WLAF safety (Raiders, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Aug 13 Will Clarke, American novelist
  • Aug 13 Matt Hyson, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 13 Alan Shearer, English footballer
  • Aug 14 Arno Doornernik, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Aug 14 Slava Dosedel, Czech, tennis star
  • Aug 14 Susan Veasey, LPGA golfer (U of S Fla), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 14 Trise Jackson, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Aug 15 Dawn Ponte, Kent RI, dance skater (& Frey-1995 Eastern Jr champ)
  • Aug 15 Anthony Anderson, American comedian and actor
  • Aug 15 Maddie Corman, American actress
  • Aug 15 Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • Aug 16 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 16 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 16 Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 16 Lester Smith, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 16 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 16 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • Aug 16 Killah Priest, American rapper
  • Aug 16 Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • Aug 16 Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • Aug 17 Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 17 Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 17 Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
  • Aug 17 Oyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
  • Aug 17 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist
  • Aug 18 Malcolm Jamal Warner, actor (Theodore-Cosby Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Richie Cunningham, kicker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 18 Robert Higginson, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 18 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist
  • Aug 19 Scott Brumfield, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 19 Fat Joe, American rapper
  • Aug 20 Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)
  • Aug 20 Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 20 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • Aug 21 Bill Roth, Yonkers NY, gymnast (Pan Am-gold-1995, Olympics-96)
  • Aug 21 Mark Hatfield, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Aug 21 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portugal, 10k runner
  • Aug 21 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 22 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Brantford Ont Canada, ice pairs (1995, 96 Can)
  • Aug 22 Charlie Connelly, English writer
  • Aug 22 Giada De Laurentiis, Italian/American chef and television host
  • Aug 23 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 23 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap)
  • Aug 23 LaMark Carter, triple jumper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 23 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

  • Aug 23 Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian
  • Aug 23 Lawrence Frank, American head coach
  • Aug 23 Brad Mehldau, American pianist
  • Aug 24 Sandra Whyte, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • Aug 24 Tugay Kerimoğlu, Turkish footballer
  • Aug 24 Dan Henderson, American Mixed martial artist
  • Aug 25 Claudia Schiffer, Rheinbach Germany, supermodel (Elle, Rolling Stone)
  • Aug 25 Debbie Graham, Walnut Creek California, tennis star (1993 Taranto doubles)
  • Aug 25 Doug Glanville, Hackensack NJ, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 2 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif
  • Aug 4 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 24 Actor Peter Sellers (44) weds model Miranda Quarry

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Frances Farmer, American actress ("The Toast of New York", "Come & Get It"), dies at 56
  • Aug 1 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German Biochemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Harold Haley, US judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • Aug 7 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • Aug 7 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, Germ composer (Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 19 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian (b. 1909)
  • Aug 20 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • Aug 29 Mary Clare, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • Aug 30 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53