What Happened on January 17, 1970

Historical Events

  • 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: John Hadl, LA Chargers, QB
  • John M Burgess installed as bishop of Protestant Episcopals (Mass)

Sports History

Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s


Famous Birthdays

  • Candace Murray, Canadian softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Billy Stewart, American singer ("I Do Love You"), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • Robert Lindley Murray, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1917-18), dies at 77
  • Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
1970 Highlights

About January 17, 1970

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - B.J. Thomas
  • UK #1 Song: Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris