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

Contract of Interest

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, American actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children), born in Statford, New Jersey
  • Maribel VerdĂș, Spanish actress
Born in 1970

Famous Weddings

Christopher Plummer

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 neo-classical composer, dies at 37

About October 2, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 53 years and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Holidays: Gandhi Jayanti (India)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
  • UK #1 Song: Band Of Gold - Freda Payne