On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1970

Historical Events

  • A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage
  • Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England
  • San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • USSR performs nuclear test (underground)

Famous Birthdays

  • Blake Schwendiman, American author
  • Bryan Herta, American race car driver
  • Matt Flynn, American drummer (Maroon 5, since 2006 - "Moves Like Jagger", born in Woodstock, New York
  • Nanette Burstein, American director and producer
  • Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin

Famous Weddings

John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

Famous Deaths

  • Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
1970 Highlights

About May 23, 1970

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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