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
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • 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 MacDonald 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 US president Richard Nixon launches the "Nixon doctrine"

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 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, playmate (Apr, 1993), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 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 (New Orleans 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, nordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 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, hockey forward (Team Germany), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 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)