What Happened on December 15, 1970

Historical Events

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • Striking shipyard workers in Gdańsk, Poland set ablaze the ruling Provincial Committee's building; responding soldiers kill 8
1970 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey (20 x English classics; 3 x GB flat racing champion jockey; rode all 7 winners British Champions' Day Ascot 1996; 6 x Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe), born in Milan, Italy
  • Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
Born in 1970

About December 15, 1970

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 5 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • UK #1 Song: I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds