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

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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