What Happened on July 4, 1970

Historical Events

  • 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ

Radio Premiere

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

  • 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

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • Doddie Weir, Scottish rugby union lock (61 Tests; Newcastle Falcons RFC, Border Reivers RFC), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Louise Van Voorhis, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Barnett Newman, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), dies at 65
  • Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
1970 Highlights

About July 4, 1970

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 7 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Love You Save/I Found That Girl - Jackson 5
  • UK #1 Song: In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry