On This Day

What Happened on October 4, 1970

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
  • Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Ryan McNeil, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 2001; San Diego Chargers), born in Fort Pierce, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46
  • George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin