Historical Events in 1970

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4th Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

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

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15th Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 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
  • Jan 27th 58th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-1, 6-3)
  • Jan 28th Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 31st Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • Feb 1st Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 1st Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • Feb 1st WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1st West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract
  • Feb 1st Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 1st Charles Manson's album "Lie" is released

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Mar 1st End of US commercial whale hunting
  • Mar 1st Kreisky's social democrats win Austrian parliamentary election
  • Mar 1st White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
  • Mar 2nd American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • Mar 2nd Rhodesia becomes independent republic
  • Mar 2nd Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
  • Mar 4th French submarine "Eurydice" explodes off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, all 57 crew lost
  • Mar 4th Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • Mar 4th NY Rangers set then NHL record of 126 games without being shut-out
  • Mar 5th Edison Theater opens at 240 W 47th St NYC
  • Mar 5th Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
  • Mar 5th SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in NYC
  • Mar 5th Dubnium atoms are first detected conclusively.
  • Mar 5th "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released
  • Mar 6th Beatles release "Let it Be" in UK
  • Mar 6th A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Mar 7th Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 7th Ice Pairs Championship at Ljubljana won by Rodnina & Ulanov (URS)
  • Mar 7th Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Ljubljana won by Gabriele Seyfert (GDR)
  • Mar 7th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ljubljana won by Tim Wood (USA)
  • Mar 7th WXOW TV channel 19 in La Crosse, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 7th 17th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats South Carolina, 42-39 (2 OT)
  • Mar 8th WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 10th Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" & "I Can Do It"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 10th South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
  • Mar 10th Members of the Stormont Parliament of Northern Ireland given police protection
  • Mar 11th 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills & Nash, Peggy Lee win
  • Mar 11th Iraq Ba'th Party recognizes Kurd nation
  • Mar 12th US lowers voting age from 21 to 18
  • Mar 13th 100 year Beehive anniversary ends in brawl in Amsterdam
  • Mar 13th Digital Equipment Corp introduces PDP-11 minicomputer
  • Mar 13th SF city employees begin 4-day strike
  • Mar 15th Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • Mar 15th Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
  • Mar 16th New English Bible published
  • Mar 16th WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17th Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of LA Dodgers
  • Mar 17th US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
  • Mar 18th Cambodia military coup under Gen Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
  • Mar 18th KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, TX (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 18th NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • Mar 18th Two-week US postal strike begins; it is against the government and is the largest wildcat strike in US history
  • Mar 18th Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 19th W German chancellor & E German premier meet
  • Mar 21st 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69
  • Mar 21st Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • Mar 21st 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Mar 21st 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam
  • Mar 22nd "Blood Red Roses" opens & closes at John Golden Theater NYC
  • Mar 22nd Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24th Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • Mar 25th Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH)
  • Mar 26th "Minnie's Boys" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 26th 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945
  • Mar 26th Golden Gate Park Conservatory made city landmark
  • Mar 26th Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) plead guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year old girl
  • Mar 26th The Police (Northern Ireland) Act becomes law; the act provides for the disarmament of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the establishment of an RUC reserve force
  • Mar 27th Ringo releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey"
  • Mar 27th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 28th 1,086 die when 7.4 quake destroys 254 villages (Gediz Turkey)
  • Mar 29th "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 29th Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna
  • Mar 30th "Applause" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances