On This Day

What Happened in 1970

Important 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

More Historical Events

1970 in Film & TV

1970 in Music

1970 in Sport

  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Bobby Orr scores famous OT winner as Boston beats St. Louis Blues, 4-3 for 4-0 series sweep; Bruins its first title since 1941
  • Jun 21 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and PelĂ© become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

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

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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