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

Sports History

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

Christopher Plummer

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

Donovan Philips Leitch

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? 51 years, 2 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Gandhi Jayanti (India)

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