What Happened on August 7, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 1st computer chess tournament
  • Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-1992, 96)
  • Joe Cocozzo, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)

Famous Deaths

  • Harold Haley, US judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead