February 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • 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
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 6 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • 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 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 15 Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102
  • Feb 15 Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo
  • 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 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 27 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 10 Åsne Seierstad, Norwegian journalist
  • Feb 10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • Feb 12 Judd Winick, writer and artist
  • Feb 16 D.J. Wallis, American fitness competitor
  • Feb 20 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • Feb 24 Kienast quintuplets, American quintuplets
  • Feb 27 Michael A. Burstein, American writer
  • Feb 27 Matthias Lechner, German art director
  • Feb 28 Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Feb 2 Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
  • Feb 15 Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • Feb 17 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish novelist (Nobel 1966), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • Feb 20 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
  • Feb 20 Café Filho, 18th Brazilian President (1954-1955) dies aged 71
  • Feb 25 Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • Feb 27 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)