What Happened in January 1970

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

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

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

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

  • Jan 9 Constitution of Singapore enacted
  • Jan 10 Preview Center opens at Walt Disney World, Florida - first building to open
  • Jan 11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • Jan 11 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
  • Jan 12 Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria
  • Jan 12 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage
  • Jan 13 Riots begin in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast
  • Jan 14 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers patrol the Falls Road area of Belfast for the first time since 1969
  • Jan 15 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
  • Jan 15 Republic of Biafra disbands and joins Nigeria
  • Jan 15 Riots break out in the Ardoyne area of Belfast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Jan 16 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Jan 16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • Jan 16 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
  • Jan 16 Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan 16 4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya
  • Jan 17 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • Jan 17 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3
  • Jan 17 John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

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

Famous Deaths

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