January 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 "The Epoch" (Time 0 for UNIX systems, Midnight GMT)
  • Jan 1 Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established
  • 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 2 US population is 293,200,000; Black population: 22,600,000 (11.1%)
  • Jan 3 Marxist government takes over in Congo
  • 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

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 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 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 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 John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)
  • Jan 18 Hasse Borjes skates world record 500m in 38.9 sec
  • 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 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 26 Pendleton, Ford & Cryer's "Last Sweet Days of Isaac," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28 Lubomír Strougal succeeds Cernik as premier of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author
  • Jan 17 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • Jan 17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • Jan 22 Alex Ross, American comic book painter (Marvels, Kingdom Come)
  • Jan 27 Carlos Javier Bernardo, Dutch prince
  • Jan 27 Emmanuel Pahud, French-Swiss flautist
  • Jan 29 Paul Ryan, US politician (R-Wisconsin) and Speaker of the House (2015-), born in Janesville, Wisconsin

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • Jan 4 Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
  • Jan 5 Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 8 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44
  • Jan 12 Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84
  • Jan 14 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 16 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • Jan 18 David O McKay, 9th Mormon president, dies at 96
  • Jan 24 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • Jan 25 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female DA in NY, dies at 70
  • Jan 27 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • Jan 29 Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74