July 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"
  • Jul 2 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
  • Jul 2 The Prevention of Incitement to Hatred Act (Northern Ireland) is introduced; it proved difficult to secure convictions under its provisions and was seldom enforced
  • Jul 2 Neil Blaney is found not guilty of illegal arms importation to the Irish Republican Army by a Dublin jury
  • Jul 3 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • Jul 3 The British Army imposed a curfew on the Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; during the operation they come under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters
  • Jul 4 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park NJ
  • Jul 4 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • Jul 4 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army.
  • Jul 5 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto's airport killing 109
  • Jul 5 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film "o.k."
  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 6 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • Jul 9 In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco in 57 days

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Jul 12 Tanzania signs contract with China for building Tanzam-railway
  • Jul 13 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
  • Jul 13 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 16 Iraq's constitution goes into effect
  • Jul 16 Reds spoil Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, 3-2
  • Jul 16 9th British Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 18 Arthur Brown arrested for stripping on stage in Palemo Sicily
  • Jul 18 Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time
  • Jul 21 Aswan Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Jul 21 Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Qaboos ibn Sa'id becomes Sultan of Oman after overthrowing his father, Sa'id ibn Taimur.
  • Jul 23 A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)
  • Jul 24 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 25 9th British Commonwealth Games close in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct
  • Jul 30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • Jul 30 Riots hit Belfast, North Ireland

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Jul 31 Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)

  • Jul 31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 9 Masami Tsuda, Japanese manga author
  • Jul 12 Juba Kalamka, American artist/activist
  • Jul 23 Thea Dorn, German writer
  • Jul 25 Nicholas CEJ Windsor, son of the English Duke of Kent
  • Jul 31 Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian writer

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
  • Jul 3 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Barnett Newman, American artist (b. 1905)
  • Jul 6 Marjorie Rambeau, dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Allen Lane [Williams], English publisher (Penguin Books), dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Dame Laura Knight, British impressionist artist
  • Jul 18 Lucien H d'Azambuja, Fren astronomer (chromosphere of Sun), dies at 86
  • Jul 20 Iain Macleod, Conservative Party Politician and Chancellor of Exchequer at time of his death (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Jul 22 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • Jul 24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman (b. 1897)
  • Jul 26 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1896)
  • Jul 27 Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, dictator of Portugal (1932-68), dies
  • Jul 30 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, dies in a car accident 47