Historical Events in August 1970

  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
  • Aug 1 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves
  • Aug 1 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Aug 2 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • Aug 3 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • Aug 3 Hurricane "Celia" becomes most expensive Gulf storm in history
  • Aug 3 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire passes her driving test on 40th try

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Aug 5 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • Aug 5 US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 7 First all-computer chess championship is conducted in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 (CDC 6400), a program written by Slate, Atkin & Gorlen at Northwestern University

  • Aug 7 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • Aug 7 WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)
  • Aug 9 Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 US exchange students explodes
  • Aug 10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • Aug 11 Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
  • Aug 11 Tony Perez becomes 1st to hit a HR in red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
  • Aug 13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Aug 14 City University of NY inaugurates open admissions
  • Aug 14 Steven Stills arrested for drug possession
  • Aug 15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer Arnold Palmer
Golfer
Arnold Palmer
  • Aug 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • Aug 19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • Aug 19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 -21] Hurricane Dorothy, kills 42 in Martinique
  • Aug 21 The Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) is established with Gerry Fitt as the first leader of the party

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Los Angeles)

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970
  • Aug 28 "I'll Be There" single by The Jackson 5 is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1970)
  • Aug 29 Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
  • Aug 31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Aug 31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • Aug 31 Peter Yarrow arrested for taking "immoral liberties" with girl, 14
  • Aug 31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting