What Happened on July 4, 1970

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrei Cherkasov, USSR, tennis star
  • Louise Van Voorhis, 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Barnett Newman, American artist (b. 1905)
  • Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85