August 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
  • Aug 1 Willie Stargell (Pirates) ties record of 5 extra base hits in a game
  • Aug 2 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Aug 2 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • Aug 3 Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history
  • Aug 3 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire passes her driving test on 40th try
  • Aug 5 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • Aug 5 US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 7 1st computer chess tournament
  • Aug 7 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • Aug 7 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • Aug 9 Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 US exchange students explodes
  • Aug 10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • Aug 11 Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
  • Aug 11 Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Aug 13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Aug 14 City University of NY inaugurates open admissions
  • Aug 14 Steven Stills arrested for drug possession
  • Aug 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • Aug 19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • Aug 20 -21] Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
  • Aug 21 The Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) is established with Gerry Fitt as the first leader of the party
  • Aug 24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • Aug 29 Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
  • Aug 31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • Aug 31 Peter Yarrow arrested for taking "immoral liberties" with girl, 14

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Kevin Smith, director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks)
  • Aug 3 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer
  • Aug 9 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • Aug 12 Anthony Swofford, American novelist
  • Aug 13 Will Clarke, American novelist
  • Aug 15 Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • Aug 22 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Brantford Ont Canada, ice pairs (1995, 96 Can)
  • Aug 22 Charlie Connelly, English writer
  • Aug 23 Lawrence Frank, American head coach
  • Aug 24 Dan Henderson, American Mixed martial artist
  • Aug 27 Peter Ebdon, English snooker player
  • Aug 31 Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, born in Kuwait City

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German Biochemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 86
  • Aug 7 Harold Haley, US judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • Aug 7 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • Aug 7 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 19 PaweĊ‚ Jasienica, Polish historian (b. 1909)
  • Aug 20 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • Aug 22 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • Aug 29 Mary Clare, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41