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 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt
  • Oct 15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • Oct 15 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey
  • Oct 16 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser

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 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"
  • Oct 24 Salvador Allende Gossens elected president of Chile
  • 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

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