What Happened in 1970

Significant Events

  • Jan 13 Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu flees Biafra into exile, leaving his deputy Philip Effiong to surrender to the Nigerian army, unofficially ending the Nigerian Civil War
  • Mar 2 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • May 31 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world's deadliest avalanche
  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 21 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Sep 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
  • Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup
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1970 in Film & TV

1970 in Music

1970 in Sport

  • May 10 Bobby Orr scores one of the most famous goals in hockey history, an overtime goal that gives the Boston Bruins its first Stanley Cup since 1941
  • Jun 21 FIFA World Cup Final: Brazil and PelĂ© become first team and player to win three times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412 at Azteca Stadium, Mexico City

Did You Know?

The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status

On August 19, 1970

World Leaders in 1970

Famous People in 1970

Would You Believe?

In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record

On November 26, 1970

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 12 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis
  • Mar 20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Bowie (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London
  • May 11 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise
  • May 19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
  • May 23 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 8 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married
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