On This Day

What Happened in August 1970

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
  • Aug 1 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Baseball Record

Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves at Atlanta Stadium

  • Aug 1 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Aug 2 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • Aug 3 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • Aug 3 Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history
  • Aug 3 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire passes her driving test on 40th try

Music History

Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for public drunkenness in Los Angeles

  • Aug 5 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • Aug 5 US Black P. Panther leader Huey Newton freed from jail after two trials ended in hung juries and the district attorney decides against a 4th trial
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Music History

Aug 6 "Festival for Peace" concert held at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers include Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"

  • Aug 7 First all-computer chess championship is conducted in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 (CDC 6400), a program written by Slate, Atkin & Gorlen at Northwestern University
  • Aug 7 British keyboard playing singer-songwriter Christine McVie (née Perfect) joins rock band Fleetwood Mac
  • Aug 7 WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge

Sports History

Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

  • Aug 9 Peruvian Airlines LANSA Flight 502 explodes killing 101 people including 45 US exchange students

Jim Morrison's Trial

Aug 10 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami, Florida

  • Aug 10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning becomes 2nd Cy Young Award winner to win 100 games in both NL and AL; Phillies beat Houston 6-5 at Astrodome

  • Aug 11 Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball [1]
  • Aug 13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Aug 14 City University of NY inaugurates open admissions
  • Aug 14 Steven Stills arrested for drug possession
  • Aug 15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)

PGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

  • Aug 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • Aug 19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • Aug 19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 -21] Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
  • Aug 21 The Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) is established with Gerry Fitt as the first leader of the party

Baseball Record

Aug 23 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

  • Aug 24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison

Music History

Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Troubador - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)

  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)

Music Recording

Aug 27 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970
  • Aug 28 "I'll Be There" single by The Jackson 5 is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1970)
  • Aug 29 Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
  • Aug 31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Aug 31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • Aug 31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Quentin Coryatt, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Aug 1 David James, English footballer, born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Aug 2 Chainey Umphrey, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 2 Elijah Alexander, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 2 Kevin Smith, American director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, born in Red bank, New Jersey
  • Aug 2 Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92), born in Haynesville, Barbados
  • Aug 2 Tony Amonte, American NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Hingham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 2 Wesley "wes" Bender, American WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, New Orleans Saints), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Aug 2 Zelma Davis, Liberian-American singer (C+C Music Factory - "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."), born in Monrovia, Liberia
  • Aug 3 Darren Mickell, American NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 3 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer, born in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 3 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones), born in Sacramento, California
  • Aug 4 Orlando Trustfull, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Aug 4 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 4 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • Aug 4 John August, American screenwriter
  • Aug 4 Bret Baier, American political correspondent (Fox News), born in Rumson, New Jersey
  • Aug 5 Travis Moore, American CFL receiver (Grey Cup 1998 2001; 3 x CFL All Star; Calgary Stampeders), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 5 James Gunn, American filmmaker (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 6 Mike Strange, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Aug 6 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American film director (The Sixth Sense), born in Mahé, India
  • Aug 6 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 7 Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Aug 7 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • Aug 8 Catriona Fallon, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • Aug 8 Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 8 Pascal Duquenne, Belgian actor
  • Aug 9 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2018)
  • Aug 9 Rod Brind'Amour, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2006 Carolina Hurricanes captain; NHL All Star 1992; Selke Trophy 2006, 07) and coach (Jack Adams Award 2021; Carolina Hurricanes), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 9 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist (CNN, since 2013; ABC, 2006-13), born in Queens, New York City
  • Aug 9 Thomas Lennon, American actor, producer (Reno 911!), and screenwriter (Night at the Museum), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Arion Salazar, American rock bassist (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 10 Brendon Julian, cricketer (in NZ Australian left-arm quickie 1993-)
  • Aug 10 Bret Hedican, St-paul, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Aug 10 Gino Torretta, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1992; National C'ship 1989, 91; U of Miami; Seattle Seahawks), born in Pinole, California
  • Aug 10 Jeff Mangum, American psychodelic-pop, folk-rock musician, and singer-songwriter (Neutral Milk Hotel - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"), born in Ruston, Louisiana
  • Aug 11 Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
  • Aug 12 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympic 8th 1992, 96)
  • Aug 12 Anthony Swofford, American novelist
  • Aug 12 Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
  • Aug 12 Charles Mesure, British actor
  • Aug 13 Elvis Grbac, American NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Will Clarke, American novelist (The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Aug 13 Matt Hyson, American professional wrestler, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Aug 13 Alan Shearer, English soccer striker (63 caps; Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Gosforth, England
  • Aug 14 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 14 Kevin Rene Cadogan, American singer-songwriter (Third Eye Blind), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 15 Anthony Anderson, American comedian and actor (Black-ish), born in Compton, California
  • Aug 15 Maddie Corman, American actress
  • Aug 15 Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • Aug 15 Chris Byrd, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2000; IBF heavyweight tile 2002; Olympic silver middleweight 1992), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Aug 16 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), born in Como, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 16 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Aug 16 Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 16 Lester Smith, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 16 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 16 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • Aug 16 Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • Aug 16 Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • Aug 17 Bernard Wilson, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Nasville, Tennessee
  • Aug 17 Jim Courier, American tennis player, analyst (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Aug 17 Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • Aug 17 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist, born in London, England
  • Aug 18 Malcolm Jamal Warner, American actor (Theodore-Cosby Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Richie Cunningham, American football kicker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • Aug 18 Robert Higginson, American baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 18 Greg Dean Schmitz, American online film journalist, born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Scott Brumfield, American NFL guard (Cin Bengals)m born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 19 Fat Joe [Cartagena], American rapper ("Wat's Luv?"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Aug 19 Clare Waight Keller, English fashion designer (first female head of Givenchy), born in Birmingham, England
  • Aug 20 Els Callens, Belgian tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Aug 20 Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Aug 20 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Aug 21 Mark Hatfield, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Aug 21 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portuguese athlete, 10k runner, born in Barrancos, Portugal
  • Aug 21 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 22 Jean-Michel Bombardier, Canadian pair skater (1995, 96 Can), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 22 Charlie Connelly, English writer (Attention All Shipping), born in London
  • Aug 22 Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-American chef and television host, born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 23 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 23 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap), born in Paramaribo, Suriname

River Phoenix

Aug 23 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

  • Aug 23 Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian, born in Verona, New Jersey
  • Aug 23 Lawrence Frank, American head coach, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 24 Sandra Whyte-Sweeney, American ice hockey forward (Olympics gold 1998), born in Saugus, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Tugay Kerimoğlu, Turkish footballer, born in Trabzon, Turkey
  • Aug 24 Dan Henderson, American mixed martial artist (UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament 1998; Rings: King of Kings Tournament 1999), born in Downey, California
  • Aug 24 Rich Beem, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Claudia Schiffer

Aug 25 Claudia Schiffer, German supermodel with over 1,000 magazine covers (Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone), fashion designer, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, born in Rheinberg, West Germany

  • Aug 25 Debbie Graham, tennis star (1993 Taranto doubles), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Aug 25 Doug Glanville, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hackensack, New York
  • Aug 25 Robert Horry, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Houston Rockets)
  • Aug 25 Ronald Waterreus, soccer player (Roda JC, PSV)
  • Aug 25 Jo Dee Messina, American country music singer (I'm Alright), born in, in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 26 Brett Schultz, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in East London, South Africa
  • Aug 26 Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian race walker, born in Munsjuty, Soviet Union
  • Aug 26 Melissa McCarthy, American comedian and actress (Mike and Molly, Spy), born in Plainfield, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 2 American songwriter Sammy Cahn (57) weds American fashion designer Virginia "Tita" Curtis in California
  • Aug 4 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • Aug 1 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), dies at 86
  • Aug 5 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 7 Harold Haley, American judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • Aug 7 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • Aug 7 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 10 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist, dies at 63
  • Aug 12 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, Norwegian cellist and composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker and cinematographer (Tang), dies at 62
  • Aug 19 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, American organist, teacher, and composer (Smoek and Steel; Wood-Notes), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • Aug 29 Mary Clare, British actress, dies at 78
  • Aug 30 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • Aug 30 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53