What Happened on October 2, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin Rivas, Galician artist
  • Eddie Guardado, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • Kelly Ripa, actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children), born in Statford, New Jersey
  • Maribel VerdĂș, Spanish actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer, dies at 37