On This Day

What Happened in September 1970

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Failed assassination attempt on Jordanian king Hussain
  • Sep 1 Jose Velasco Ibarra re-elected president of Ecuador
  • Sep 2 US Open first Grand Slam tournament tiebreak is used to decide a set at 6-6; first player to reach 5 points with sudden death at 4-4
  • Sep 3 After playing a NL record 1,117 consecutive MLB games, Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to sit out

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Sep 3 Bill Haley & His Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

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Sep 3 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Sep 4 -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)
  • Sep 4 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova gets political asylum

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 4 Marxist Salvador Allende wins a narrow plurality of votes in Chile's presidential election

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Sep 4 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, Michael Kane (35), is killed in the premature explosion of the bomb he was planting at an electricity transformer in Belfast
  • Sep 5 Estimated 15 cm (6") of rainfall, Bug Point, Utah (state record)
  • Sep 6 Palestinians seize 3 airliners
  • Sep 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacks 4 planes and forces them to land at Dawson's Field, Jordan
  • Sep 7 White Sox use record 41 players in doubleheader & lose both games

  • Sep 7 Donald Boyles sets record for highest parachute jump from a bridge, by leaping off of 1,053' Royal George Bridge in Colorado
  • Sep 7 Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
  • Sep 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Sep 9 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun
  • Sep 9 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup
  • Sep 11 88 of the hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings are released. The remaining hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25.
  • Sep 11 The Ford Pinto is introduced.
  • Sep 12 Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 16 launched to the moon
  • Sep 12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • Sep 12 Supersonic airliner Concorde lands for the 1st time at Heathrow airport
  • Sep 12 US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail
  • Sep 12 Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court of Australia completes Grand Slam; beats American Rosemary Casals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 13 1st NYC Marathon won by Gary Muhrcke in 2:31:38
  • Sep 13 IBM announces System 370 computer
  • Sep 13 Palestine guerillas conquer Irbid Jordania

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ken Rosewall wins second US title; beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; first major in which tiebreak used to decide sets at 6-6

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 14 Economic Council for Northern Ireland holds its first meeting

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Sep 15 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Sep 15 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan

  • Sep 15 Rotterdam dock strikes end
  • Sep 15 Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed
  • Sep 16 King Hussein of Jordan forms military government
  • Sep 17 Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army
  • Sep 17 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Sep 19 "The Mary Tyler Moore" show premieres on CBS

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Sep 20 Jim Morrison found guilty of "open profanity and indecent exposure" after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Sep 20 Soviet spcecraft Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample
  • Sep 21 "Monday Night Football" premieres on ABC - Browns 31, Jets 21
  • Sep 21 KAPP TV channel 35 in Yakima, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 21 Soviet space probe Luna 16 leaves the Moon
  • Sep 21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • Sep 21 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Sep 23 Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia
  • Sep 23 Gary Muhrcke wins 1st NY Marathon
  • Sep 23 Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Arthur Young announces his resignation
  • Sep 24 Soviet space probe Luna 16 lands on earth after 1st unmanned round trip to moon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 25 Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Sep 26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
  • Sep 26 A groups of Protestant youths attack the Catholic Unity Flats as rioting continues in the Protestant Shankill Road area
  • Sep 27 Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error
  • Sep 28 "Words & Music" debuts on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Anwar Sadat replaces Gamal Abdel Nasser as acting Egyptian President

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Sep 28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Aust) in 22nd America's Cup
  • Sep 29 "NET Festival" last aired
  • Sep 30 New American Bible published
  • Sep 30 A Protestant man is shot and killed by Loyalists in Belfast, North Ireland

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 107

  • Sep 1 Barbara Paulus, Austrian tennis star, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 1 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star
  • Sep 1 Jodi Lambert, Australian 100m/200m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 1 Hwang Jung-min, South Korean actor
  • Sep 1 Padma Lakshmi, Indian actress
  • Sep 1 Vanna, Croatian singer
  • Sep 3 George Lynch, American basketball forward and college coach (Charlotte/NO Hornets; UNC NCAA title 1993), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Sep 3 Uzooma Okeke, CFL guard (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 3 Jeremy Glick, American United Airlines Flight 93 passenger (d. 2001)
  • Sep 3 Gareth Southgate, English footballer
  • Sep 4 Cari Read, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 4 Igor Cavalera, Brazilian musician (Sepultura), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Sep 4 Ione Skye, British-born American actress (Say Anything), born in Hampstead, London
  • Sep 4 Janae Lautenschlager, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Canoga Park California
  • Sep 4 Luis Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Cidra, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 4 Dave Buchwald, American hacker and filmmaker, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sep 5 Brad Hopkins, American NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Sep 5 Lori Harrigan, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • Sep 5 Michael Potts, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Langdale, Alabama
  • Sep 5 Willie Clay, American NFL safety (Detroit Lions), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 5 Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Sep 5 Mohammad Rafique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Sep 6 Igor Korolev, Russian ice hockey player (Team Russia, Winnipeg), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 6 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 6 Torrance Small, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Sep 6 Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), American electronic and experimental hip hop musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 7 Tom Everett Scott, American actor (Dead Man on Campus), born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Sep 8 Clarence Weatherspoon, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Crawford, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Tomur Barnes, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers), born in McNair, Texas
  • Sep 8 Neko Case, American musician (The New Pornographers), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sep 9 Dan Miceli, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 9 Joey Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Mike Faulkerson, American football fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Sep 9 Natalia Streignard, Venezuelan actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 10 Julie Halard, Versailles France, tennis star (1995 Prague)
  • Sep 10 Robert Green, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 10 Paula Kelley, musician
  • Sep 11 Berry Richter, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 11 Dan Hackett, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Sep 11 Chris Garver, American tattoo artist and TV personality (Miami Ink), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 11 Taraji P. Henson, American actress and singer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 11 William Joppy, American professional boxer, born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Sep 11 Ted Leo, American musician (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Sep 12 Rebecca Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 12 Nathan Larson, American guitarist and composer (Shudder To Think, Hot One), born in Maryland
  • Sep 13 Marc Latupeirissa, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • Sep 13 Martín Herrera, Argentine footballer, born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • Sep 13 Louise Lombard, British actress (The House of Eliott), born in Redbridge, London, England
  • Sep 13 Yuki Matsuoka, Japanese voice actress, born in Hirano-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 14 Satoshi Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 14 Robert Ben Garant, American screenwriter and actor (Reno 991!), born in Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Sep 14 Craig Montoya, American musician (Everclear), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 14 Francesco Casagrande, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Florence, Italy
  • Sep 16 Anthony Marshall, American NFL safety (Chicago Bears), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Sep 16 Paul Shuey, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lima, Ohio
  • Sep 16 Mark Schultz, American Christian musician, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Sep 17 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 17 Ashley Ambrose, NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Sep 17 Mark Brunell, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Sep 18 Everett Lindsay, American NFL guard and center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • Sep 18 Gary Rogers, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 18 Michela Rocco, Italian actress and Miss Italy (1987), born in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Sep 18 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • Sep 18 Dan Eldon, British-Kenyan photojournalist, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1993)
  • Sep 18 Aisha Tyler, American actress and talk show host (The Talk), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 19 Antti Törmänen, NHL forward (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Ottawa), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Sep 19 Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese pop-rock singer (T.M.Revolution), born in Yasu, Japan
  • Sep 19 Victor Williams, American actor (The King of Queens), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 20 John Copeland, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • Sep 21 Michael O'Shea, Canadian CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Bay, Ontario
  • Sep 21 John Cudia, American actor

Person of interestSamantha Power

Sep 21 Samantha Power, Irish American author and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN), born in Dublin, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • Sep 22 Eric L Blount, CFL running back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Sep 22 Greg Huntington, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Sep 22 Mike Matheny, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 22 Prince Wimbley, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Sep 22 Mystikal, American rapper
  • Sep 22 Rupert Penry-Jones, English actor
  • Sep 22 Emmanuel Petit, French footballer
  • Sep 23 Georgios Koltsidas, Greek footballer
  • Sep 23 Ani DiFranco, American musician
  • Sep 24 Jeanette Kollasch, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo-17th-1995), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Sep 24 Kristin Talbot, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Schuylerville New York
  • Sep 24 Paul Spoljaric, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Sep 24 Winfred Tubbs, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Sep 25 Curtis Buckley, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Sep 25 Damon Pieri, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 25 Doug Pelfrey, American NFL kicker (Cin Bengals), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • Sep 25 Dean Ween [Michael Melchiondo, Jr.], American guitarist (Ween, Moistboyz), born in New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 26 Paul Laus, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Beamsville, Canada
  • Sep 26 Rachel Jacobs, American actress (It's Not Easy), born in Ririe, Idaho
  • Sep 26 Trevor Ruffin, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 26 Sheri Moon Zombie, American actress, born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 27 Mark Caldero, vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 27 Yoshiharu Habu, Japanese professional shogi player
  • Sep 28 Kimiko Date, tennis star (1996 Japan Open), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Sep 28 Gualter Salles, Brazilian racing driver
  • Sep 29 Chris Mims, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 29 Danny de Supervise, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Sep 29 Derrick Oden, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 1 "The Bee Gees" singer Barry Gibb (24) weds former Miss Edinburgh Linda Ann Gray

Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Producer Dick Wolf (23) weds Susan Scranton

Crime Drama TV Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama TV Producer
Dick Wolf

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer Stevie Wonder (20) marries Rita Wright [Syreeta] (24)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • Sep 2 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

Person of interestVince Lombardi

Sep 3 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), dies at 57

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Sep 4 James M Taylor, USAF/astronaut, dies at 39
  • Sep 5 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • Sep 6 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies
  • Sep 8 Percy Spencer, inventor of the microwave oven, (b. 1894)

Person of interestCy Denneny

Sep 10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Sep 11 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), dies at 69
  • Sep 11 Ernst May, German architect and city planner (New Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Rudolph Carnap, German philosopher/mathematician, dies at 79

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

Sep 18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Sep 19 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies
  • Sep 21 Gijsbert Friedhoff, Dutch architect (Wibautstrat tax office, Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • Sep 23 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • Sep 25 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 25 Erich Maria Remarque, German novelist (All Quiet on the Western Front), dies at 72
  • Sep 28 Gamal' Abd al-Nassar, Egypt President (1953-70), dies of heart attack at 52
  • Sep 28 John Roderigo Dos Passos, American writer (Manhattan Transfer), dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 30 Patrick Aherne, British actor (Green Dolphin Street, Rocketship X-M, The Court Jester), dies at 69