Historical Events in 1970

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  • 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

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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

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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)

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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
  • 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

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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
  • 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 McDonald 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
  • Feb 18 US president Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"
  • 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
  • Mar 1 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champion all-round ladies skater

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

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

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Mar 30 Miles Davis Bitches Brew released

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis