What Happened in October 1970

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milano, 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 2 Billy Martin named manager of the Detriot Tigers
  • Oct 2 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
  • Oct 3 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances
  • Oct 3 Baseball umpires call their 1st strike
  • Oct 3 WAPT TV channel 16 in Jackson, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 KC Chiefs Jan Stenerud kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 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 5 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 National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds sweep Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 5 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 8 Soviet author Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn wins 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 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
  • Oct 15 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
  • Oct 15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • Oct 15 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 15 Anwar Sadat elected 3rd President of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 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 Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 20 Zond 8 Launch (Moon Orbit & Return)
  • 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"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Oct 25 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Women's Golf Charities Open
  • Oct 25 21st Formula One WDC: Jochen Rindt wins by five points (the only season in which the World Championship title has been awarded posthumously)
  • 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
  • Oct 30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154

  • Oct 1 Alexei Zhamnov, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 1 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo)
  • Oct 1 Gaston Taument, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Oct 1 Moses Kiptanui, Kenya, steeplechase (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Bradford, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • Oct 1 Gam Wu-seong, South Korean actor
  • Oct 1 Simon Davey, Barnsley football manager
  • Oct 2 Eddie Guardado, pitcher (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 3 Justine Sowry, Australian field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 3 Manny Martinez, Dominican outfielder (Seattle Mariners), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 3 Roger Bailey, American pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chattahoochee, Florida
  • Oct 3 Tyji Armstrong, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Oct 4 Brian Kozlowski, NFL halfback (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • Oct 4 Hency Charles, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 4 Lucy Nusrala, 5k runner, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 4 Ryan McNeil, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams)
  • Oct 4 Richard Hancox, English footballer
  • Oct 5 Anthony Phillips, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 5 Josie Bissett, American actress (Jane Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 5 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Oct 5 Thomas Randolph, NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oct 5 Tina Poitras, Thompson Manitoba, 10k walker (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 5 Audie Pitre, bass guitarist (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 South Park Mexican, American rapper
  • 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 (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 7 Dwayne Provo, cornerback (New England Patriots)
  • Oct 7 Harold Ellis, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • Oct 7 Le'Shai Maston, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Hebron, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 8 Carlos Etheredge, WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 8 David Doster, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Oct 8 DeWayne Knight, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Oct 8 James Williams, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)

Person of interestMatt Damon

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

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • Oct 8 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer
  • Oct 8 Soon-Yi Previn, Korean American actress
  • Oct 8 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • Oct 9 Annika Sörenstam, Swedish golfer (10 LPGA major titles), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 9 Kenny Anderson, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers)
  • Oct 9 Park Sang-min, South Korean actor
  • Oct 9 Savannah [Shannon Michelle Wilsey], American pornographic film actress, born in Laguna Beach, California (d. 1993)
  • Oct 10 Glenn Foley, NFL quarterback (NY Jets)
  • Oct 10 Helen Louise Goldsby, Miss America (NY-Top 10-1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 10 Dean Kiely, Irish footballer
  • Oct 10 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger
  • Oct 10 Corinna May, German singer
  • Oct 10 Mohammed Mourhit, Belgian athlete
  • Oct 10 Sir Matthew Pinsent, English rower
  • Oct 11 Chidi Ahanotu, NFL defensive end/defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Oct 11 Kelly Sims, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 11 Nicole Jeray, Cook County IL, LPGA golfer (1995 Sprint Champ-22nd)
  • Oct 11 Andy Marriott, English footballer
  • Oct 11 Constance Zimmer, American actress
  • Oct 12 Amy Beth Keller, Miss America (Kansas-Top 10-1996), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • Oct 12 Charlie Ward, NBA guard (NY Knicks)/Heisman Trophy winner (1993)
  • Oct 12 Herman Arvie, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Oct 12 Karen Courtland, pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Oct 12 Kirk Cameron, Panorama City California, actor (Mike-Growing Pains)
  • Oct 12 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player
  • Oct 13 Ann Grossman, Grove City Ohio, tennis star (1994 LA finalist)
  • Oct 13 Eric Gant, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 13 Steve Matthews, NFL/WLAF quarterback (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores)
  • Oct 13 Serena Altschul, American reporter
  • Oct 13 Mel Jackson, American actor and R&B musician
  • Oct 13 Paul Potts, British Opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent
  • 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 Cooper Harris, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Oct 15 Lonnie Palelei, guard (NY Jets)
  • Oct 15 Eric Benét, American singer
  • 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, Saskatoon Saskatchwan, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 wicketkeeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Oct 19 Chris Kattan, American comedian and actor
  • Oct 20 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Oct 20 Ralph Dawkins, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 20 Sander Boschke, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 20 Shane George, cricketer (S Australian fast bowler, Shield debut at 17)
  • Oct 20 Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 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 Konjovic, composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 1 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Oct 2 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • Oct 8 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 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

Person of interestÉdouard 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

Prime Minister of France Édouard Daladier
Prime Minister of France
Édouard Daladier
  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 12 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (b. 1930)
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, 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
  • Oct 21 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies at 70
  • Oct 22 René Schneider, Chilean general/supreme commander, murdered
  • Oct 24 Richard Hofstadter, US historian, dies at 54
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99