On This Day

What Happened on August 7, 1970

Historical Events

  • Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • 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
  • Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Harold Haley, American judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
1970 Highlights

About August 7, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo