On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1970

Day of the Week: Saturday

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

  • Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Billy Stewart, 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)