What Happened on January 16, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

BattleCoup d'état

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

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 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
  • Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
  • Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Don MacLean, NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets)
  • Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author
  • Ron Villone, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61