What Happened on August 7, 1970

Historical Events

Music History

British keyboard playing singer-songwriter Christine McVie (née Perfect) joins rock band 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
1970 History

Famous Birthdays

  • 19 kittens - world record for domestic cat litter - born to four-year old Burmese cat Tarawood Antigone in Kingham, Oxfordshire, England (4 were stillborn)
  • Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
Born in 1970

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
  • Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), dies at 60
  • William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead

About August 7, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: (They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters
  • UK #1 Song: The Wonder Of You - Elvis Presley