On This Day

What Happened in October 1970

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • Oct 1 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game
  • Oct 1 Final game played at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies win over Montreal Expos, 2–1

Sports History

Oct 2 Detroit general manager Jim Campbell gives controversial Billy Martin a 2-year deal (1971-72) to manage the Tigers at a well above MLB average annual salary of $65,000

  • Oct 2 14 members of the Wichita State University Football team as well as 17 administrators and supporters are killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains
  • Oct 3 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances
  • Oct 3 First umpires strike in MLB history lasts one day during League Championship Series; AL and NL presidents recognise newly-formed MLB Umpires Association; negotiate labor contract
  • Oct 3 WAPT TV channel 16 in Jackson, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • Oct 4 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 4 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
  • Oct 5 American fiddle player "Papa" John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
  • Oct 5 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • Oct 5 PBS becomes a US television network.
  • Oct 5 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 8 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 9 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence
  • Oct 10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 12 Rock Memorabilia Auction at Filmore East
  • Oct 13 Angela Davis arrested in NYC
  • Oct 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Sports History

Oct 13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

Music Awards

Oct 14 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins

  • Oct 14 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sports History

Oct 15 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 9-3 at Memorial Stadium to claim series, 4-1; MVP: Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson

  • Oct 15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • Oct 15 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey

Historic Event

Oct 16 Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act as a response to the October Crisis, the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canadian history.

  • Oct 17 Anwar Sadat sworn in as the 3rd President of Egypt
  • Oct 18 Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp
  • Oct 19 Amdahl Corp forms at Sunnyvale, California
  • Oct 19 John Frazier kills Ohta's declares WW 3 has begun
  • Oct 20 American agronomist Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to world food supply
  • Oct 20 Zond 8 Launches to orbit the Moon
  • Oct 21 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • Oct 21 Bernadette Devlin is released from prison having served four months of her six month sentence for riotous behaviour
  • Oct 23 Gary Gabelich sets auto speed record 622.4 mph (1,001 kph)
  • Oct 23 Charles Haughey and two others are found not guilty of illegal arms importation by a Dublin jury; the 'Arms Trial' began on 28 May 1970
  • Oct 24 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Election of Interest

Oct 24 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress

  • Oct 25 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza
  • Oct 26 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • Oct 26 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Oct 28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • Oct 28 US/USSR sign an agreement to discuss joint space efforts
  • Oct 29 WYEA (now WLTZ) TV channel 38 in Columbus, GA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 29 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 30 KVEW TV channel 42 in Kennewick, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights

Meeting of Interest

Oct 30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security

Music History

Oct 31 Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and open profanity, though remains free on a $50,000 bond pending appeal


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Alexei Zhamnov, Russian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold 1992), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 1 Gaston Taument, Dutch soccer winger (15 caps; Feyenoord), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Oct 1 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan steeplechaser (World C'ship gold 1991, 93, 95; Olympic silver 1996), born in Marakwet District, Kenya
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Oct 1 Gam Wu-seong, South Korean actor
  • Oct 2 Eddie Guardado, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2002-03; AL saves leader 2002; Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • Oct 2 Kelly Ripa, actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children), born in Statford, New Jersey
  • Oct 2 Colin Rivas, Galician artist
  • Oct 2 Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress
  • Oct 4 Ryan McNeil, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 2001; San Diego Chargers), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Oct 5 Josie Bissett, American actress (Jane Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 5 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Cadier en Keer, Netherlands
  • Oct 5 Thomas Randolph, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oct 5 Tina Poitras, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 1996), born in Thompson, Canada
  • Oct 5 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), born in Lousiana (d. 1997)
  • Oct 5 South Park Mexican [Carlos Coy], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 5 Tord Gustavsen, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer (Tord Gustavsen Trio), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Oct 6 Darren Oliver, American pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 6 Amy Jo Johnson, American actress and singer
  • Oct 7 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (World C'ship gold K-2 500m 1997; Olympic silver 2000), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 7 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • Oct 7 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Oct 7 Le'Shai Maston, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 8 David Doster, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Matt Damon

Oct 8 Matt Damon, American actor (Good Will Hunting, Ocean's trilogy, Bourne trilogy), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Oct 8 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer (Final Fantasy), born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 8 Soon-Yi Previn, Korean-American actress (Hannah and Her Sisters), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 8 Sadiq Khan, British politician and 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London, England
  • Oct 8 Gauri Khan, Indian film producer (Red Chillies Entertainment), born in New Delhi, India
  • Oct 8 Anne-Marie Duff, English actress (Shameless), born in London, England

Annika Sörenstam

Oct 9 Annika Sörenstam, Swedish golfer (10 LPGA major titles; 8-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year), born in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Oct 9 Kenny Anderson, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 9 Park Sang-min, South Korean actor (General's Son), born in Changwon, South Korea
  • Oct 9 Savannah [Shannon Michelle Wilsey], American pornographic film actress, born in Laguna Beach, California (d. 1994)
  • Oct 10 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Oct 10 Glenn Foley, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Oct 10 Dean Kiely, Irish football goalkeeper (Crystal Palace), born in Salford, England
  • Oct 10 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger (Olympic gold 1998), born in Sonneberg, Thuringia, Germany
  • Oct 10 Corinna May, German blind singer ("I Can't Live Without Music"), born in Bremen, Germany
  • Oct 10 Mohammed Mourhit, Belgian athlete, born in Khouribga, Morocco
  • Oct 10 Matthew Pinsent, English rower (Olympic gold coxless pair 1992, 96; four 2000, 04; World C'ship gold x 10) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Holt, England
  • Oct 11 Chidi Ahanotu, American NFL defensive end and defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Modesto, California
  • Oct 11 Andy Marriott, English-Welsh football goalkeeper, born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
  • Oct 11 Constance Zimmer, American actress (Unreal), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 12 Charlie Ward, American basketball guard (NBA: NY Knicks) and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1993, Florida State), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Oct 12 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Kirk Cameron, American actor (Mike-Growing Pains), born in Panorama City, Los Angeles
  • Oct 12 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Oct 13 Ann Grossman, American tennis star (1994 LA finalist), born in Grove City, Ohio
  • Oct 13 Steve Matthews, American NFL and WLAF quarterback (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores), born in Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Oct 13 Serena Altschul, American broadcast journalist, born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 13 Mel Jackson, African-American actor (Soul Food) and R&B musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Paul Potts, British pop-opera singer and 1st winner of Britain's Got Talent (2007), born in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England
  • Oct 14 Daniela Pestova [Chameleon], model (1995 SI/L'Oreal), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 14 Jim Jackson, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Oct 14 Nina Kemppel, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Oct 14 Jon Seda, Puerto Rican actor
  • Oct 14 Pär Zetterberg, Swedish football player
  • Oct 15 Lonnie Palelei, American football offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • Oct 15 Eric Benét, American singer and songwriter ("Love Don't Love Me"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 16 Adrian Murrell, NFL running back/kick returner (NY Jets)
  • Oct 16 Mehmet Scholl, German footballer
  • Oct 16 Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • Oct 17 Anil Kumble, cricketer (great Indian leg-spinner since 1990)
  • Oct 17 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Oct 17 John Mabry, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Oct 17 Marciano Vink, soccer player (Genoa/PSV)
  • Oct 17 Shauna O'Brien, Pasco Wash, actress (Showgirls)
  • Oct 17 Tasha Tsang, Canadian rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
  • Oct 18 Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
  • Oct 18 Camille Spitaleri, Mountain View Ca, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • Oct 18 Mark Schenning, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Oct 18 Shane Bonham, NFL defensive linesman (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 18 José Padilla, American former gang member and alleged supporter of terrorism
  • Oct 19 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Oct 19 Chris Kattan, American comedian and actor
  • Oct 20 Sander Boschke, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Oct 20 Michelle Malkin, American political commentator and author (Fox News), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 21 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Oct 21 Tony Mortimer, British pop singer and songwriter (East 17 - "Stay Another Dy"), born in Stepney, London
  • Oct 22 Winston Bogarde, Dutch soccer defender (20 caps; Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax, FC Barcelona), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 23 Grant Imahara, American TV Mythbuster, born in Lod Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Oct 24 Alonza Bevan, English bassist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • Oct 24 Walter Dunson, NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Oct 24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British engineer and project manager, born in Oxford, England
  • Oct 25 Kelvin Ingram, American NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Oct 25 J.A. Adande, American sports columnist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Peter Aerts, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Oct 25 Adam Goldberg, American actor (The Hebrew Hammer), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 25 Adam Pascal, American actor (Rent), born in Bronx, New York
  • Oct 25 Ed Robertson, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 26 Bert Emanuel, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 26 Jessie Armstead, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 26 Tom Vano, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Oct 26 Dian Bachar, American actor, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 26 Raveena Tandon, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • Oct 27 Vernon Lewis, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 27 Felix Bwalya, Zambian boxer, born in Chingola, Zambia
  • Oct 27 Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Cradle of Filth), born in Malmö, Sweden

Famous Weddings

Donovan Philips Leitch

Oct 2 Scottish singer Donovan (24) weds Linda Lawrence at Windsor Registry Office

Christopher Plummer

Oct 2 Actor Christopher Plummer (40) weds actress Elaine Taylor (26) in Montreal, Quebec

John Major

Oct 3 75th Prime Minister of UK John Major (27) weds Norma Johnson (28) at St Matthew's Church, Brixton

Lee Marvin

Oct 18 Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Feeley (40)

James Brown

Oct 22 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins (25) in Barnwell, South Carolina; divorce in 1981

Dennis Hopper

Oct 31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 1 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 2 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Bo Linde, Swedish neo-classical composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Janis Joplin

Oct 4 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

  • Oct 4 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46
  • Oct 8 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian-French sociologist and philosopher, dies at 57
  • Oct 8 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • Oct 9 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 10 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Maritime (1956-68), dies at 60

Édouard Daladier

Oct 10 Edouard Daladier, 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, dies at 86

  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 12 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani Urdu poet, dies at 40
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, Dutch mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 17 Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • Oct 17 Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Oct 19 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • Oct 20 Patrick Wymark [Cheeseman], British actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia), dies of a heart attack at 44

John T. Scopes

Oct 21 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies of cancer at 70

  • Oct 22 René Schneider, Chilean general/supreme commander, murdered
  • Oct 24 Richard Hofstadter, American historian, dies at 54
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], American rock and soul singer (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies of a drug-related heart attack at 26
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99