On This Day

What Happened in July 1970

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)
  • Jul 1 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"
  • Jul 2 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
  • Jul 2 The Prevention of Incitement to Hatred Act (Northern Ireland) is introduced; it proves difficult to secure convictions under its provisions, seldom enforced
  • Jul 2 Neil Blaney is found not guilty of illegal arms importation to the Irish Republican Army by a Dublin jury
  • Jul 3 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title, and 3rd leg of her successful Grand Slam

  • Jul 3 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • Jul 3 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • Jul 3 The British Army impose curfew on Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; coming under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters
  • Jul 4 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Radio Premiere

Jul 4 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

  • Jul 4 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • Jul 4 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 5 US Open Women's Golf, Muskogee CC: Donna Caponi successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Haynie and Sandra Spuzich

  • Jul 5 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto's airport killing 109
  • Jul 5 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film "o.k."
  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 6 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • Jul 8 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)
  • Jul 9 In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn

Historic Event

Jul 12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic ocean on the raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco after 57 days

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders by 1 stroke in event's first 18-hole playoff to win the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships

  • Jul 12 Tanzania signs contract with China for building Tanzam-railway
  • Jul 13 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
  • Jul 13 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland

Sports History

Jul 14 41st MLB All Star Game, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH: NL beats AL, 5-4; MVP: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, LF

  • Jul 15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • Jul 16 Iraq's constitution goes into effect
  • Jul 16 Reds spoil Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, 3-2
  • Jul 16 9th British Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 17 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • Jul 18 "Boy Friend" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Jul 18 Arthur Brown arrested for stripping on stage in Palemo Sicily
  • Jul 18 Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time
  • Jul 18 WJCL TV channel 22 in Savannah, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Baseball Record

Jul 18 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

Sports History

Jul 19 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories

  • Jul 20 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • Jul 21 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Jul 21 Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 21 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • Jul 23 Qaboos bin Said al Said becomes Sultan of Oman after overthrowing his father, Sa'id ibn Taimur
  • Jul 23 A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)
  • Jul 24 International Lawn Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule
  • Jul 24 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 25 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Baseball Record

Jul 26 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton

  • Jul 27 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 27 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct
  • Jul 30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida and Texas
  • Jul 30 30,000 arrive to attend Powder Ridge Rock Festival, Middlefield, Connecticut, despite it having been cancelled due to local residents opposition
  • Jul 30 Riots hit Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jul 31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • Jul 31 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"

Black Tot Day

Jul 31 Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)

  • Jul 31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Henry Simmons, American actor (NYPD Blue; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,}, born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Jul 2 Derrick Adkins, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 2 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • Jul 2 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • Jul 2 Monie Love, English rapper
  • Jul 2 Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
  • Jul 3 Teemu Selanne, Finnish NHL right wing (1992-93 NHL rookie points record, 132), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 3 Victor Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jul 3 Shawnee Smith, American actress (Saw), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Jul 3 Serhiy Honchar, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Rivne, Ukrainian SSR

Audra McDonald

Jul 3 Audra McDonald, American Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning theatrical and operatic singer, and stage and screen actress (Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill; Sweeney Todd; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Private Practice, The Good Wife) born in West Berlin

  • Jul 3 Benedict Wong, English actor (Wong in Marvel films), born in Eccles, England
  • Jul 4 Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • Jul 4 Louise Van Voorhis, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jul 4 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 5 Doug Bochtler, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jul 5 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2004)
  • Jul 6 Antonio Harvey, American NBA center/forward (LA Clippers), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Jul 6 Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Jul 6 Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), born in London, England
  • Jul 7 Michael McCrary, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • Jul 7 Min Patel, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Kent CCC, Central Districts CA), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 7 Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jul 7 Erik Zabel, German cyclist, born in East Berlin
  • Jul 7 Robia LaMorte, American actress and dancer, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jul 8 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 8 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Todd Martin

Jul 8 Todd Martin, American Tennis Star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

  • Jul 8 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer ("Loser"; "Where It's At"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 9 Steve Dubinsky, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 9 Trent Green, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 9 Masami Tsuda, Japanese manga author
  • Jul 10 Helen Sjöholm, Swedish singer and actress
  • Jul 10 Gary LeVox, American singer (Rascal Flatts)
  • Jul 10 John Simm, British actor
  • Jul 10 Jason Orange, English singer and musician (Take That), born in Lancashire, England
  • Jul 11 Billy Ashley, Taylor MI, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 11 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • Jul 11 Justin Chambers, American actor
  • Jul 12 Chad Brown, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jul 12 Jaason Simmons, actor (Baywatch)
  • Jul 12 Jerry Ostroski, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jul 12 Marsha Guialdo, San Juan Trinidad, 100m hurdler
  • Jul 12 Brian Lee Byung-Hun, South Korean actor
  • Jul 12 Juba Kalamka, American artist/activist
  • Jul 13 Steven J Brown, American rock guitarist (Trixter - "Give It To Me Good"), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Jul 14 Mark Brandenburg, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 14 Mark Strickland, American NBA forward (Miami Heat), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 14 Missy Gold, American actress (Katie-Benson), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • Jul 14 Todd Rucci, American NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 14 Thomas Lauderdale, American musician (Pink Martini), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 15 Julian Paynter, Australian 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 15 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 16 Phil Graham, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jul 16 William Van Landingham, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • Jul 16 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jul 17 Mandy Smith, English singer ("I Just Can't Wait"), born in Tottenham, England
  • Jul 18 Bronwyn Roye, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 18 John Kalin, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jul 18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 18 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting For You"), born on Long Island, New York
  • Jul 19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 19 Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politician, First Minister of Scotland (2014-), born in Irvine, Scotland
  • Jul 20 Shannon Baker, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jul 21 Bryce Florie, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jul 21 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jul 21 Shawn Stasiak, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 21 Michael Fitzpatrick, French-American musician (Fitz and The Tantrums), born in Montluçon, France
  • Jul 22 Dan Jones, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jul 22 Sergei Zubov, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Pittsburgh), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 22 W R Tillman, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • Jul 23 Sam Watters, American R&B singer and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up"), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • Jul 23 Charisma Carpenter, American actress (Angel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 23 Thea Dorn, German writer of crime fiction, born in Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany
  • Jul 24 Blaine Bishop, NFL safety (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 24 Philip Sykes, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 24 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (Nov, 1992) who killed herself and her child, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Jul 25 Lord Nicholas Windsor, youngest son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London
  • Jul 26 Kenny Wilhite, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 26 Phil Alley, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm pace bowler), born in Orange, New South Wales
  • Jul 26 Joan Wasser, American rock violinist, guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer (Joan As Police Woman; Antony and the Johnsons), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Jul 27 Tom Europe, Canadian football defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 27 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Danish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark
  • Jul 28 Paul Strang, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe's 1st Test match leg-spinner), born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • Jul 28 Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist (Arch Enemy)
  • Jul 29 John Rennie, cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler 1993)
  • Jul 29 Steve Wojciechowski, Blue Island IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Jul 30 Joe Montford, American CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Beaufort, North Carolina
  • Jul 30 Tom McManus, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Christopher Nolan

Jul 30 Christopher Nolan, English film director (Inception, Interstellar), born in London, England

  • Jul 31 David Sacco, NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Jul 31 Knut Holmann, Norwegian rower (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jul 31 Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian writer (The Train of That Night), born in Chah Varz, Lamerd, Iran

Famous Weddings

Shelley Duvall

Jul 7 Actress Shelley Duvall (21) weds Bernard Sampson

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Barnett Newman, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), dies at 65
  • Jul 6 Marjorie Rambeau, dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Allen Lane, English publisher and founder of Penguin Books, dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies at 59
  • Jul 7 Marjorie Rambeau, actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Sylvester Wiere, comedian (Wiere Brothers-Ford Festival), dies at 60
  • Jul 7 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, dies at 92
  • Jul 10 Bjarni Benediktsson, 13th Prime Minister of Iceland (1963-70), dies at 62

Leslie Groves

Jul 13 Leslie Groves, American army engineer who directed the Manhattan Project and construction of the Pentagon, dies of a heart attack at 73

  • Jul 14 Preston Foster, American actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor (St Louis Blues; Stars In My Crown), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73
  • Jul 18 Lucien H d'Azambuja, Fren astronomer (chromosphere of Sun), dies at 86
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood {Louis Rappaport], American singer (Your Hit Parade), and television producer, dies at 61
  • Jul 20 Iain Macleod, Conservative Party Politician and Chancellor of Exchequer at time of his death (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • Jul 22 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • Jul 24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Jul 26 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), dies at 81
  • Jul 26 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1896)

António de Oliveira Salazar

Jul 27 António de Oliveira Salazar, Dictator of Portugal (1932-68) who founded and controlled the Estado Novo (New State), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 81

  • Jul 29 (Giovanni) "John" Barbirolli, British cellist, and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1936-43; Hallé Orchestra, 1943-1970; Houston Symphony, 1961-67), dies of a heart attackat 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, dies in a car accident 47
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • Jul 31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72