What Happened in February 1970

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 1 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • Feb 1 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 1 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 2 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Feb 4 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 4 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Best Picture 1971)

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Feb 5 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • Feb 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5 WSCV TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) suspends broadcasting
  • Feb 6 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • Feb 6 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland
  • Feb 7 "Hollywood Palace" last airs on ABC TV
  • Feb 7 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
  • Feb 7 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Marovich scores 69 pts in losing cause
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Feb 10 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington NH (state record)
  • Feb 10 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d'Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths
  • Feb 11 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)
  • Feb 11 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit
  • Feb 11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • Feb 12 Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
  • Feb 13 NL offices begins move from Cin to SF (completed Feb 23)
  • Feb 13 16th National Film Awards (India): "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 14 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Feb 15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 15 Carol Mann wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 15 Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102
  • Feb 15 KAMU TV channel 15 in College Station, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 16 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Feb 17 US army officer Jeffrey McDonald murders his pregnant wife & two small daughters
  • Feb 17 Robert Marasco's "Child's Play" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot
  • Feb 18 US president Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"
  • Feb 19 AL Cy Young winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking
  • Feb 19 USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
  • Feb 21 Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
  • Feb 21 Pathet Lao conquers Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy
  • Feb 22 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Feb 22 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins (149.601 MPH)
  • Feb 23 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Feb 23 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
  • Feb 24 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • Feb 24 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
  • Feb 24 KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 26 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Feb 26 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
  • Feb 27 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
  • Feb 28 "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Feb 28 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • Feb 28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • Feb 28 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 28 WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • Feb 1 Eric Mobley, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Feb 1 Malik Sealy, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • Feb 1 Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 2 Chris Luneburg, WLAF T (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 2 Diego Martos, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 2 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 2 Ivan Vukov, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Feb 2 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • Feb 2 C. Ernst Harth, Canadian actor
  • Feb 3 Richard Kotzen, American rock musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 3 Alonza Barnett, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 3 Eric Curry, NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 3 Jason Muzzatti, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 3 Keith Carney, Providence, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US)
  • Feb 3 Oscar Cordoba, Colombian footballer
  • Feb 3 Warwick Davis, British actor
  • Feb 4 Alisa Marie Kimble, Miss USA-California (1997)
  • Feb 4 Gabrielle Anwar, Laleham England, actress (Body Snatchers)
  • Feb 4 John Frascatore, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 4 Nicole Wood, Canton OH, playmate (Apr, 1993)
  • Feb 4 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Feb 5 Darren Lehmann, cricketer (SA & Vic LHB Australian ODI 1996)
  • Feb 5 Forey Duckett, NFL/WLAF cornerback/safety (Saints, Scot Claymores)
  • Feb 6 Jeff Rouse, US, 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96)
  • Feb 6 Mark Hutton, Adelaide Australia, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 6 Per Frandsen, Danish footballer
  • Feb 7 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 7 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 8 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Feb 8 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • Feb 8 John Filan, Australian footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9 Glenn McGrath, Australian cricketer (1993-2007), born in Dubbo, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • Feb 9 Grant Moorhead, New Zealand golfer, born in New Plymouth
  • Feb 10 Alberto Castillo, Dominican/US baseball catcher (NY Mets)
  • Feb 10 Bobby Jones, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 10 Brendan Eppert, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 10 Åsne Seierstad, Norwegian journalist
  • Feb 10 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 10 Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer
  • Feb 10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • Feb 11 Alistair Brown, cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996)
  • Feb 11 Jason Allyn Scott, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 11 Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician
  • Feb 12 Bryan Roy, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • Feb 12 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Feb 12 Lamar Thomas, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 12 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Feb 12 Judd Winick, writer and artist
  • Feb 13 Kevin Stocker, US baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 13 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 13 Vernon Patao, 141 lbs (64 kg) US weightlifter (alt-Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 13 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer
  • Feb 14 David Podlich, Brisbane QLD, Australian golfer
  • Feb 14 Elaine Youngs, Orange California, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 14 Guillaume Raoux, France, tennis star
  • Feb 14 Kelly Stinnett, US baseball catcher (NY Mets)
  • Feb 14 Richard Smehlik, Ostrava CZE, NHL defenseman (Team Czech Rep, Buffalo)
  • Feb 14 Sean Hill, Duluth, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Feb 14 Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist
  • Feb 14 Simon Pegg, British comedian and actor
  • Feb 15 Gloria Trevi, Mexico, sexy spanish vocalist (A Gatas)
  • Feb 15 Nathaniel Mills, Evanston Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Feb 15 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (NO Saints)
  • Feb 15 Craig Gass, American impressionist and comedian
  • Feb 16 Saskia Linssen, Venlo Holland, playmate (Jun, 1991)
  • Feb 16 Serdar Ortac, Turkish popstar
  • Feb 16 D.J. Wallis, American fitness competitor
  • Feb 16 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • Feb 17 Tommy Moe, Anchorage Alaska, nordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994)
  • Feb 17 Tim Mahoney, American musician (311)
  • Feb 17 Dominic Purcell, English-born actor
  • Feb 18 Tyler Green, US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 18 Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
  • Feb 18 Susan Egan, American actress
  • Feb 19 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 19 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • Feb 20 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • Feb 20 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Leo Stefan, Chelyabinsk Russia, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • Feb 21 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican/US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 21 Marc Woodard, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 21 Michael Slater, cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993)
  • Feb 21 Patrick Pilloni, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Feb 21 Will Moore, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 22 Adam Keefe, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 22 Dominic Roussel, Hull, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 22 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Feb 23 Niecy Nash, American actress
  • Feb 24 Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 24 Jonathan Ward, Balt Md, actor (Doug-Charles in Charge, Beans Baxter)
  • Feb 24 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Feb 24 Kienast quintuplets, American quintuplets
  • Feb 25 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 25 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • Feb 25 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 25 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Feb 25 Joe Bowden, NFL linebacker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Blaz Arnic, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Feb 2 Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
  • Feb 2 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Lawrence Gray, American actor (b.1898)
  • Feb 5 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 6 Roscoe Karns, actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Andre Souris, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • Feb 15 Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • Feb 17 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish novelist (Nobel 1966), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • Feb 20 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
  • Feb 20 Café Filho, 18th Brazilian President (1954-1955) dies aged 71
  • Feb 23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • Feb 24 Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73
  • Feb 25 Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
  • Feb 26 Ethel Leginska, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • Feb 27 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)