Historical Events in January 1970

  • 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