What Happened on December 15, 1970

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Ferryboat capsized in Korean Strait drowning 261
  • Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election.
  • South Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed
  • Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
  • Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Famous Birthdays

  • Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)