On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1970

Historical Events


BattleCoup d'état

4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92'3½" from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed
  • Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects
  • Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Inaugural Buffalo Sabres owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox hire former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach in the same capacities for their new NHL franchise
  • NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author, born in Holywood, United Kingdom
  • Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
1970 Highlights

About January 16, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 51 years and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn