On This Day

Historical Events in February 1970

  • Feb 1 Former MLB Commissioner Ford Frick as well as ex-players Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 1 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • Feb 1 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract

Meeting of Interest

Feb 1 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

NHL Record

Feb 1 Rangers' goalie Terry Sawchuk records his 447th (and final) victory, and 103rd career shutout when New York beats the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0; both are NHL records at the time

Sports History

Feb 2 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

Golden Globes

Feb 2 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold

  • Feb 4 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film Premiere

Feb 4 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1971)

  • Feb 5 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • Feb 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5 WSCV TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) suspends broadcasting
  • Feb 6 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • Feb 6 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland
  • Feb 7 "Hollywood Palace" last airs on ABC TV
  • Feb 7 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
  • Feb 7 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Marovich scores 69 pts in losing cause
  • Feb 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Feb 10 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington NH (state record)
  • Feb 10 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d'Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths
  • Feb 11 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)
  • Feb 11 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit

Sports History

Feb 11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

  • Feb 12 Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 13 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
  • Feb 13 NL offices begins move from Cincinnati to San Francisco (completed Feb 23)
  • Feb 13 16th National Film Awards (India): "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 14 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance

Sports History

Feb 15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater

  • Feb 15 Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102
  • Feb 15 KAMU TV channel 15 in College Station, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 16 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Feb 17 US army officer Jeffrey MacDonald murders his pregnant wife and two small daughters
  • Feb 17 Robert Marasco's "Child's Play" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Chicago 7 defendants found innocent of inciting to riot

Historic Event

Feb 18 US President Richard Nixon launches the "Nixon doctrine"

Sports History

Feb 19 AL Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking

  • Feb 19 USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
  • Feb 21 Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
  • Feb 21 Pathet Lao conquers Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy
  • Feb 22 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Feb 22 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins by just 3 car lengths over David Pearson, after passing him with 9 laps to go
  • Feb 23 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Feb 23 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
  • Feb 24 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • Feb 24 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
  • Feb 24 KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 26 Carole Bayer (Sager) and George Fischoff's musical "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • Feb 26 The Beatles release "Hey Jude" compilation album in US (originally to be titled "Beatles Again")
  • Feb 27 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
  • Feb 28 Carole Bayer (Sager) and George Fischoff's musical "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Feb 28 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • Feb 28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • Feb 28 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 28 WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting