What Happened in January 1970

Historical Events

  • 1st "The Epoch" (Time 0 for UNIX systems, Midnight GMT)
  • 1st Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established
  • 1st Charles "Chub" Feeney becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1st Neth Christian Workers Union (NCW) forms
  • 1st Revised calendar for Western (RC) Church goes into effect
  • 1st The University College of Zululand, formerly affiliated to the University of South Africa, attains full academic autonomy as the University of Zululand.
  • 1st The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army, comes into existence
  • 1st US Federal oil depletion allowance reduced from 27.5 to 22.0 percent
  • 1st 56th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #7 Michigan, 10-3
  • 1st 36th Sugar Bowl: #13 Mississippi beats #3 Arkansas, 27-22
  • 1st 36th Orange Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #6 Missouri, 10-3
  • 2nd Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
  • 2nd US population is 293,200,000; Black population: 22,600,000 (11.1%)
  • 3rd "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 3rd "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1508 performances
  • 3rd Marxist government takes over in Congo
  • 3rd WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 4th Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
  • 4th NYC transit fare rises from 20 cents to 30 cents, new larger tokens used

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4th Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 4th More than 15,000 people are killed in Tonghai County, China after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
  • 5th 23,000 Belgian mine workers strike
  • 5th KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 5th Soap Opera "All My Children" premieres on ABC

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

7th Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock"

  • 9th Constitution of Singapore enacted
  • 10th Preview Center Opens
  • 11th Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 11th Irish republican political party Sinn Féin party splits between those in favor of abstentionism (of not taking any seats won in the parliaments) and those where against
  • 12th Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria
  • 12th Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage
  • 12th Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.
  • 13th Riots begin in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast
  • 14th Royal Ulster Constabulary officers patrol the Falls Road area of Belfast for the first time since 1969
  • 15th Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
  • 15th Republic of Biafra disbands and joins Nigeria
  • 15th Riots break out in the Ardoyne area of Belfast
  • 15th Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

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16th 4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 16th Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • 16th NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • 16th AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92'3½" from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed
  • 16th Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
  • 17th 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 17th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3
  • 17th John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)

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17th Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 18th Hasse Borjes skates world record 500m in 38.9 sec
  • 18th NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13
  • 19th Dutch bishops says he is in favor of married priest
  • 19th Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to Supreme Court (fails)
  • 19th UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
  • 20th 20th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 142-135 at Philadelphia
  • 20th 23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 at St Louis
  • 20th Super Fight, computer mock championship between Ali & Marciano; Marciano won.
  • 21st PanAm Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
  • 22nd 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, New York City to London in 6½ hours
  • 22nd Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
  • 23rd Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
  • 23rd Dolle Mina's burns her bra in Amsterdam
  • 23rd US launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1
  • 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 24th 3rd ABA All-Star Game: West 128 beats East 98 at Indiana
  • 24th Valeri Muratov skates world record 500m (38.99 sec)
  • 25th Robert Altman's film M*A*S*H premieres
  • 26th Pendleton, Ford & Cryer's "Last Sweet Days of Isaac," premieres in NYC
  • 27th Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"
  • 27th 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

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27th 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 27th 58th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-1, 6-3)
  • 28th Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia
  • 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 31st Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

  • 1st Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
  • 1st Tom Sier, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1st Vadim Glovatskiy, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1st Gabriel Jarret, American actor
  • 2nd Aleksandr Shimin, hockey goaltender (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 2nd Anthony Stuart, cricketer (Australian ODI pace bowler, hat trick 1997)
  • 2nd Glenn Cadrez, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 2nd Royce Clayton, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals), born in Burbank, California
  • 2nd Robert Fertitta, American opera singer
  • 2nd Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian singer
  • 3rd James Brown, NFL tackle (NY Jets)
  • 3rd Tony Farmer, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 3rd Trudi Jeffrey, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Australian Jr Champion)
  • 3rd Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 3rd Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • 3rd Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • 3rd Matt Ross, American actor
  • 4th Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 4th Sean Lumpkin, NFL safety (NO Saints)
  • 4th Chris Kanyon, American professional wrestler
  • 5th James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 5th Rick Campanelli, Canadian TV presenter
  • 6th Daniel Naulty, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 6th Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
  • 6th Geert Brusselers, soccer player (NAC)
  • 6th John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • 6th Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars)
  • 6th Kerrin Petty, Townshend Vt, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • 6th René Binken, soccer player (Volendam)
  • 6th Julie Chen, American television presenter
  • 7th Doug E Doug [Douglas Bourne], American actor (Cosby, Cool Runnings), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 7th Darryl Williams, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals)
  • 7th Frank "Cliff" Mannon, Amarillo TX, team handball (Olympics-1996)
  • 7th Paul McCallum, CFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Claymores, Sask Roughriders)
  • 7th Todd Day, NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 7th Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer
  • 8th Jon Klemm, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 9th Graciela Schutt, WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 9th Lara Fabian, Belgian singer
  • 9th Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire)
  • 10th Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)
  • 10th Deon Figures, NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 10th James Wilson, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • 10th Marcus Bagwell, American professional wrestler
  • 11th Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • 11th Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
  • 12th Jenny Griffith, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • 12th Nigel Wilson, Canadian/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 12th Takahiro Ikenoue, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 12th Raekwon, American rapper
  • 12th Zack de la Rocha, American musician (Rage Against the Machine)
  • 13th Anne-Marie Goddard, Utrechtum Netherlands, playmate (Jan, 94)
  • 13th Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 13th Keith Coogan, Palm Springs, California, American actor (Jeffrey-Waltons, Gun Shy)
  • 13th Nachi Abe, WLAF tight end (Scotland Claymores)
  • 13th Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 13th Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 14th Eric Charron, Verdun, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 14th Steve Cooke, Kanai Hawaii, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 14th Tyrone Hughes, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)
  • 14th Gene Snitsky, American professional wrestler
  • 15th Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 15th Elroy Kromheer, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 15th Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 16th Don MacLean, NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets)
  • 16th Ron Villone, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 16th Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author
  • 17th Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 17th Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • 17th Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 17th Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • 17th James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 18th Leo Araguz, NLF/WLAF punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire)
  • 18th DJ Quik, American rapper
  • 18th Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • 19th Ghetty Chasun, Erie Penn, actress (Red Lips)
  • 19th Rick Krivda, Mckeesport PA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 19th T J Mathews, Belleville IL, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 19th Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete
  • 19th Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian
  • 20th Anita St Rose, Miss Universe-Great Britain (1996)
  • 20th Dennis Hulshof, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 20th Marvin Benard, Bluefields Nicaragua, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 20th Rob Gaudreau, Lincoln, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • 20th Ron Carpenter, NFL/WLAF safety (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 20th Skeet Ulrich, actor (Scream)
  • 20th Terry Kirby, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • 20th Thomas "Tom" Murray, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 20th Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter, actor
  • 21st Brennan Little, St Thomas Ont, golfer (1994 Western States mini-tour)
  • 21st Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • 21st Ken Leung, American actor
  • 21st Mark Trojanowski, American musician (Sister Hazel)
  • 22nd Brian Gaskill, actor (David Michaels-Models Inc, Bob-All My Children)
  • 22nd Keith Wagner, NFL/WLAF tackle (NY Giants, Redskins, Scot Claymores)
  • 22nd Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist
  • 22nd Alex Ross, American comic book painter (Marvels, Kingdom Come)
  • 23rd Alan Embree, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 23rd Jim Schwantz, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 23rd Mark Wohlers, Holyoke MA, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Piotr Rytel, composer, dies at 85
  • 3rd Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 4th Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • 5th Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
  • 5th Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • 5th Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
  • 5th Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • 7th Robert [Harriot] Barrat, actor (Bad Lands, Go West), dies at 81
  • 8th Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • 10th Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44
  • 12th Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84
  • 14th John J "Johnny" Murphy, US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 14th William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 16th Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • 17th Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 17th Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 18th David O McKay, 9th Mormon president, dies at 96
  • 19th Hal March, actor (Atomic Kit, Outrage, Yankee Pasha), dies at 49
  • 24th James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • 24th Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 25th Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female DA in NY, dies at 70
  • 25th Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • 25th Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • 27th Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • 27th Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • 28th Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • 29th Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74
  • 30th Malcolm Keen, English actor (Uncle Chris-Mama), dies at 82
  • 31st Slim Harpo, [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28