What Happened in August 1970

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

4th Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Famous Deaths

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