October 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Last game at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phils-2 Expos-1
  • Oct 2 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
  • Oct 4 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • Oct 4 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 5 John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
  • Oct 5 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • Oct 8 Soviet author Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 8 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 9 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence
  • Oct 10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 12 Rock Memorabilia Auction at Filmore East
  • Oct 13 Angela Davis arrested in NYC
  • Oct 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • Oct 15 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 15 Anwar Sadat elected 3rd President of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act as a response to the October Crisis, the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canadian history.

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Oct 17 Anwar Sadat sworn in as the 3rd President of Egypt
  • Oct 18 Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp
  • Oct 19 Amdahl Corp forms at Sunnyvale Calif
  • Oct 19 John Frazier kills Ohta's declares WW 3 has begun
  • Oct 20 American Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 20 Zond 8 Launch (Moon Orbit & Return)
  • Oct 21 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • Oct 21 Bernadette Devlin is released from prison having served four months of her six month sentence for riotous behaviour
  • Oct 23 Gary Gabelich sets auto speed record 622.4 mph (1,001 kph)
  • Oct 23 Charles Haughey and two others are found not guilty of illegal arms importation by a Dublin jury; the 'Arms Trial' began on 28 May 1970
  • Oct 24 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 24 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Oct 26 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • Oct 26 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • Oct 28 US/USSR sign an agreement to discuss joint space efforts
  • Oct 29 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights
  • Oct 30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Colin Rivas, Galician artist
  • Oct 8 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • Oct 10 Sir Matthew Pinsent, English rower
  • Oct 12 Kimberly Hoskins, Yuma Arizona, Miss Arizona-America (1991)
  • Oct 13 Serena Altschul, American reporter
  • Oct 18 Camille Spitaleri, Mountain View Ca, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • Oct 18 José Padilla, American former gang member and alleged supporter of terrorism
  • Oct 19 Benita Brooks, Miss Alabama USA (1996)
  • Oct 20 Michelle Malkin, American political commentator and author
  • Oct 23 Grant Imahara, American TV Mythbuster
  • Oct 24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British Engineer and Project Manager
  • Oct 30 Tory Belleci, American TV Mythbuster
  • Oct 30 Ben Bailey, American host of the TV game show Cash Cab, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 75th Prime Minister of UK John Major (27) weds Norma Johnson (28) at St Matthew's Church, Brixton

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • Oct 9 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 10 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Maritime (1956-68), dies at 60
  • Oct 10 Edouard Daladier, premier of France (1933..40), dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • Oct 17 Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • Oct 19 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • Oct 21 John T Scopes, US teacher (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies at 70
  • Oct 22 René Schneider, Chilean general/supreme commander, murdered
  • Oct 24 Richard Hofstadter, US historian, dies at 54