On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1970

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, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2002-03; AL saves leader 2002; 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

LoveWedding 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
  • Bo Linde, Swedish composer, dies at 37
1970 Highlights

About October 2, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 2 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Libra