On This Day

What Happened in June 1970

Historical Events

Sports History

Jun 1 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reprimands Astro Jim Bouton for writing "Ball Four"

  • Jun 1 Soyuz 9 launched into Earth orbit for 18 days
  • Jun 3 1st artificial gene synthesized

Music History

Jun 3 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban

  • Jun 4 43rd National Spelling Bee: Libby Childress wins spelling croissant
  • Jun 4 MLB San Diego Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
  • Jun 4 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Jun 4 WSMW TV channel 27 in Worcester, MA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 KPAX TV channel 8 in Missoula, Montana (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 Chile becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jun 5 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon
  • Jun 6 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34
  • Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Helga Niessen Niessen of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for 2nd leg of her successful Grand Slam
  • Jun 7 22nd Emmy Awards: Marcus Welby, Robert Young & Susan Hampshire win

Sports History

Jun 7 American jockey Bill Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 career win

  • Jun 7 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NYC's Lincoln Center
  • Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Jan Kodeš wins his first major title; beats Željko Franulović of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-4, 6-
  • Jun 8 MLB players union and management end labor dispute, raising minimum salary to $12,000
  • Jun 9 Argentine military junta under Juan Carlos Lanusse ousts President Juan Carlos Onganía

Music History

Jun 9 Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University

  • Jun 9 Harry Blackmun sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jun 11 US leaves Wheelus AFB Libya
  • Jun 12 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis no-hits the Padres, 2-0 at San Diego Stadium

Music Concert

Jun 12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

  • Jun 13 "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Let It Be" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Long & Winding Road" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

LPGA Championship

Jun 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Shirley Englehorn wins her only major title; beats 1967 champion Kathy Whitworth by 4 strokes in an 18-hole playoff

  • Jun 16 Kenneth A. Gibson elected 1st black mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • Jun 16 Race riots in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 17 British rock band Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour

Election of Interest

Jun 18 Edward Heath's Conservative Party win the General Election in UK, replacing the Labour Party

  • Jun 19 A Nikolayev & V Sevastyanov return after 18 days in Soyuz 9
  • Jun 19 Conservatives led by Edward Heath win British parliamentary election

Historic Publication

Jun 19 Jim Bouton's controversial "Ball Four" is published

Sports History

Jun 20 Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR

  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf Hazeltine National GC: Englishman Tony Jacklin shoots sub-par in all 4 rounds on his way to a 7-stroke win ahead of Dave Hill

FIFA World Cup

Jun 21 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

  • Jun 21 Detroit's Cesar Gutierrez goes 7-for-7 to tie a record set in 1892

Historic Event

Jun 22 President Richard Nixon signs extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires voting age at 18 in all federal, state, and local elections

  • Jun 22 Supreme Court ruled juries of less than 12 are constitutional
  • Jun 22 WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • Jun 22 Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a 6-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry
  • Jun 23 "Red Skelton Show" last airs on CBS-TV, moved to NBC-TV

Historic Event

Jun 23 Charles Rangel defeats Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Democratic primary in New York

Music History

Jun 23 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

  • Jun 24 "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters
  • Jun 24 Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs
  • Jun 24 Reds play final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, beat Giants 5-4
  • Jun 24 US Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Sports History

Jun 26 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Baltimore Orioles beat Washington Senators 12-2

  • Jun 26 Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry after their father, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was making an incendiary device, presumably for use against the British Army
  • Jun 27 Following the arrest of Bernadette Devlin, intense riots erupt in Derry and Belfast leading to a prolonged gun battle between Irish republicans and loyalists
  • Jun 27 Festival Express opens in Toronto, Canada - The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Flying Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends cross Canada together by train, for 5 shows in 3 cities
  • Jun 28 Around 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard are forced to leave their work by Protestant employees as serious rioting continues in Belfast
  • Jun 29 US ends 2 month military offensive into Cambodia
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium opens as the visiting Atlanta Braves beat Reds, 8-2; demolished 2002

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jun 1 Rene Liu "Milk Tea", Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actress, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jun 1 Alexi Lalas, American soccer defender (96 caps; NE Revolution, LA Galaxy), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Jun 1 Karen Mulder, Dutch supermodel, born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands
  • Jun 1 R. Madhavan, Indian actor (Run, 3 Idiots), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • Jun 2 Andy McCollum, NFL center/guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jun 2 Eric Riley, American NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 2 Marty Mcinnis, American NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • Jun 2 Mike Kelly, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 B-Real [Louis Freese], American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • Jun 3 Andrea Congreaves, British WNBA player (Charlotte Sting), born in Epsom, England
  • Jun 3 Carl Everett, baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jun 3 Lanee Butler, American mistral sailboat sailor (Olympics-11th-1996), born in Manhasset, New York
  • Jun 3 Peter Newton, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Jun 3 Julie Masse, French Canadian singer (Circle of One), born in Greenfield Park, Quebec
  • Jun 3 Peter Tägtgren, Swedish heavy metal musician (Hypocrisy) and producer, bjorn in Grangärde, Sweden
  • Jun 3 Ammon McNeely, American rock climber (holds most speed climbing records)
  • Jun 3 Evgeni Berzin, Russian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1994), born in Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast
  • Jun 4 Gary Lynagh, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Harris, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 4 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Jun 4 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 4 Ekrem İmamoğlu, Turkish politician, Mayor of Istanbul (2019-), born in Akçaabat, Turkey
  • Jun 5 Izabella Scorupco, Polish Swedish actress (Golden Eye), born in Bialystok, Poland
  • Jun 5 Martin Gelinas, Canadian NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • Jun 5 Todd Burger, American NFL player (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 5 Claus Norreen, Danish songwriter and record producer (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • Jun 6 Sarah Dessen, American author
  • Jun 6 Albert Ferrer, Spanish soccer defender, coach (Spain 36 caps, FC Barcelona, Chelsea), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Jun 6 James Shaffer, American rock guitarist (Korn - "Here To Stay"), born in Rosedale, California
  • Jun 7 Andrei Kovalenko, Russian NHL right wing (Quebec, Montreal, Edmonton), born in Balakovo, Russia
  • Jun 7 Mike Modano, Hockey Hall of Fame center (Dallas Stars; 8-time NHL All Star), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Jun 7 Cafu, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 142 caps, Roma, AC Milan), born in Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil
  • Jun 8 Troy Vincent, American football cornerback (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 2002; Philadelphia Eagles) and executive (VP Football Operations NFL), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jun 8 Gabrielle Giffords, American politician
  • Jun 8 "Seu" Jorge [da Silva], Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, singer, and actor (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), born in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 9 Russ Romaniuk, Canadian NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Winnipeg,
  • Jun 10 Laurel Korholz, American rower and coach (World C'ship gold eight 1995; Olympic silver 2004), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 11 Brock Marion, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Jun 11 Bill Selby, American baseball infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Monroeville, Alabama
  • Jun 11 Chris Rice, American contemporary Christian and folk music singer-songwriter ("When Did You Fall (In Love With Me)"), poet, and visual artist, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • Jun 12 Damon Buford, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 12 Lee Mayberry, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jun 12 Gordon Michael Woolvett, Canadian actor (Andromeda), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 13 Chris Cairns, New Zealand cricketer (son of Lance, NZ all-rounder), born in Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Jun 13 Lance Ringnald, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jun 13 Shaun Young, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian all-rounder, Young Aust 1995), born in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
  • Jun 13 Rivers Cuomo, American musician (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Jun 14 Todd Manning, fictional character portrayed by Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John from US daytime drama "One Life to Live", is born
  • Jun 14 Willie Beamon, American former-NFL cornerback (New York Giants), born in Belle Glade, Florida
  • Jun 15 Amanda Cromwell, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 15 Janie Eickhoff Quigley, American cyclist, born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 15 Zan Tabak, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Jun 15 Leah Remini, American actress
  • Jun 15 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France

Phil Mickelson

Jun 16 Phil Mickelson, American golfer (6-time PGA Tour major winner, US Masters 2004, 06, 10), born in San Diego, California

  • Jun 16 Clifton Collins Jr., American actor (Westworld), bornin Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 16 Cobi Jones, American soccer player and commentator (Los Angeles Galaxy.), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 17 Jason Hanson, American NFL kicker, 1992-2012 (Detroit Lions), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 17 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward, 1992-2004 (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, and 4 other teams), and assistant coach, 2013-present (4 teams), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • Jun 17 Stéphane Fiset, Canadian NHL goalie, 1998-2002 (Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 17 Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian (SNL, 2002-10; The Last Man on Earth), born in Alameda County, California
  • Jun 17 Michael Showalter, American comedian, screenwriter (Stella), and film director (The Big Sick; The Eyes of Tammy Faye), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jun 18 Greg Yaitanes, American Emmy Award-winning television director and producer (House, M.D.), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Jun 18 Arvind Swami, Indian actor (Thani Oruvan), born in Madras, India
  • Jun 19 Claire Mitchell-Taverner, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 19 Leonard Humphries, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • Jun 19 Quincy Dushawn Watts, American 400m runner, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 19 Scott Brumfield, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jun 19 Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician
  • Jun 19 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • Jun 19 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • Jun 20 Shay-Oren Smadja, Israeli men's half middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Ofakim, Israel
  • Jun 20 Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Jun 20 Andrea Nahles, German politician, Leader of Social Democratic Party (2018-), born in Mendig, West Germany
  • Jun 20 Michelle Reis, Hong Kong actress (Fallen Angels), born in Hong Kong
  • Jun 21 John Roethlisberger, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Afton, Minnesota
  • Jun 21 Pete Rock, American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 22 Anne "Annie" Summertime Kakela, US rower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Jun 22 David Frisch, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • Jun 22 Rastko Cvetkovic, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • Jun 22 Steven Page, Canadian singer/songwriter (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Jun 22 Michel Elefteriades, Greek-Lebanese politician, artist, producer and businessman
  • Jun 23 A C Earl, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Jun 23 Mike Bartrum, tight end (New England Patriots)
  • Jun 23 Robert Brooks, American NFL wide receiver (Longest pass reception in NFL history, 99 yards; Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Jun 23 Roger Knarren, soccer player (MVV)
  • Jun 23 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • Jun 24 Glenn Medeiros, American pop singer ("Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You"; "She Ain't Worth It"), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Jun 25 Aaron Sele, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Jun 25 Lucy Benjamin, British actress (EastEnders), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Jun 25 Ariel Gore, American journalist and author, born in Carmel, California
  • Jun 25 Erki Nool, Estonian decathlete (Olympic Gold 2000), born in Võru, Estonia
  • Jun 25 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Helsinki, Finland

Chris O'Donnell

Jun 26 Chris O'Donnell, American actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever), born in Winnetka, Illinois

  • Jun 26 Nicole Richardson, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jun 26 Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), born in Studio City, California
  • Jun 26 Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 4 "When Harry Met Sally" actor Billy Crystal (22) weds guidance counselor Janice Goldfinger

Mick Fleetwood

Jun 12 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23); divorce in 1975

Jim Morrison

Jun 21 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding

Jonas Salk

Jun 29 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Françoise Gilot (48) in Paris


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82
  • Jun 2 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • Jun 2 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Jun 3 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, dies at 70
  • Jun 3 Hjalmar Schacht, German economist, banker and politician (co-founder German Democratic Party), dies at 93
  • Jun 3 Adrian Conan Doyle, youngest son of Arthur Conan Doyle, dies at 59
  • Jun 4 Hjalmar Schcacht [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • Jun 4 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • Jun 4 Menasha Skulnik, comedian (Menasha the Magnificent), dies at 78
  • Jun 4 Sonny Tufts [Bowen Charleton Tufts III], American actor (The Seven Year Itch, Variety Girl), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • Jun 5 "Jopie" Pengel [Johan A], Premier of Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • Jun 5 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

E. M. Forster

Jun 7 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

  • Jun 8 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • Jun 10 Earl Grant, American pop pianist, organist, and singer ("Ebb Tide"; "Winter Wonderland"), dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39
  • Jun 11 Aleksander Kerensky, Minister-Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government (1917), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • Jun 11 Frank Laubach, Benton Pa, taught reading through phonetics, dies
  • Jun 11 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), accidentally electrocutes himself at 55
  • Jun 11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • Jun 16 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", dies of cancer at 26
  • Jun 17 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), dies at 74

Sukarno

Jun 21 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

  • Jun 23 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Man Singh II, Maharajah of Jaipur State, dies at 57
  • Jun 27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • Jun 29 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), dies at 64