Historical Events in 1970 (Part 3)

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  • Jul 3 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • Jul 3 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • Jul 3 The British Army impose curfew on Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; coming under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title, and 3rd leg of her successful Grand Slam

  • Jul 4 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ

Radio Premiere

Jul 4 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

  • Jul 4 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • Jul 4 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

  • Jul 5 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film "o.k."
  • Jul 5 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto's airport killing 109

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 5 US Open Women's Golf, Muskogee CC: Donna Caponi successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Haynie and Sandra Spuzich

  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 6 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • Jul 8 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)
  • Jul 9 In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn

British Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders by 1 stroke in event's first 18-hole playoff to win the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships

  • Jul 12 Tanzania signs contract with China for building Tanzam-railway

Historic Event

Jul 12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic ocean on the raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco after 57 days

  • Jul 13 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
  • Jul 13 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland

Sports History

Jul 14 41st MLB All Star Game, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH: NL beats AL, 5-4; MVP: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, LF

  • Jul 15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • Jul 16 9th British Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 16 Iraq's constitution goes into effect
  • Jul 16 Reds spoil Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, 3-2
  • Jul 17 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • Jul 18 Arthur Brown arrested for stripping on stage in Palemo Sicily
  • Jul 18 Revival of Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", starring Judy Carne and Sandy Duncan, closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 111 performances
  • Jul 18 Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time

Baseball Record

Jul 18 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

  • Jul 18 WJCL TV channel 22 in Savannah, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Jul 19 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories

  • Jul 20 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • Jul 21 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Jul 21 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • Jul 21 Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)
  • Jul 23 Qaboos bin Said al Said becomes Sultan of Oman after overthrowing his father, Sa'id ibn Taimur
  • Jul 24 International Lawn Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule
  • Jul 24 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

#1 in the Charts

Jul 25 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's song "(They Long to Be) Close to You" as sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Baseball Record

Jul 26 Reds catcher Johnny Bench, playing for the day in the outfield, goes 4 for 5 with 7 RBIs including 3 consecutive HRs off St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton in 12-5 win at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

  • Jul 27 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 27 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford, Connecicut
  • Jul 30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida and Texas
  • Jul 30 30,000 arrive to attend Powder Ridge Rock Festival, Middlefield, Connecticut, despite it having been cancelled due to local residents opposition
  • Jul 30 Riots hit Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jul 31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)

Black Tot Day

Jul 31 Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)

  • Jul 31 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"
  • Jul 31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 1 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi

Baseball Record

Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves at Atlanta Stadium

  • Aug 1 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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 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
  • Aug 3 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal

Music History

Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for public drunkenness in Los Angeles

  • Aug 5 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • Aug 5 US Black P. Panther leader Huey Newton freed from jail after two trials ended in hung juries and the district attorney decides against a 4th trial

Music History

Aug 6 "Festival for Peace" concert held at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers include Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"

  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns

Music History

Aug 7 British keyboard playing singer-songwriter Christine McVie (née Perfect) joins rock band Fleetwood Mac

  • 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 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • Aug 7 WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

  • Aug 9 Peruvian Airlines LANSA Flight 502 explodes killing 101 people including 45 US exchange students
  • Aug 10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out

Jim Morrison's Trial

Aug 10 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami, Florida

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning becomes 2nd Cy Young Award winner to win 100 games in both NL and AL; Phillies beat Houston 6-5 at Astrodome

  • 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

Sports History

Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball [1]

  • 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)

PGA Championship

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

  • Aug 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • Aug 19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • 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

Baseball Record

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

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

Music History

Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Troubador - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)

  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)

Music Recording

Aug 27 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in NYC, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

  • Aug 28 "I'll Be There" single by The Jackson 5 is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1970)
  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 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 of conspiracy to commit murder
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • Aug 31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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

Music History

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

Historic Event

Sep 3 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands

  • Sep 4 -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)
  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • Sep 4 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defects to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in London and is granted political asylum
  • 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
  • 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

Telethon

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • 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 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Sep 9 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup
  • Sep 11 American rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix gives what becomes his final interview with NME's Keith Allston, in England
  • Sep 11 Ford Motor Company introduces its first North American subcompact model - the Pinto
  • Sep 11 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members release majority of 310 hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings, near Zarqa, Jordan; 56 hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25
  • Sep 12 Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
  • Sep 12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • Sep 12 Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 16 launched to the moon
  • Sep 12 Supersonic airliner Concorde lands for the 1st time at Heathrow airport
  • Sep 12 US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail

US Open Women's Tennis

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

  • Sep 13 IBM announces System 370 computer
  • Sep 13 New York City Marathon: inaugural event won by Gary Muhrcke in 2:31:38
  • Sep 13 Palestine guerillas conquer Irbid Jordania
  • 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
  • Sep 14 Economic Council for Northern Ireland holds its first meeting

Music Recording

Sep 15 Decca awards Bing Crosby a second platinum disc for selling 300 million records

  • Sep 15 Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed
  • Sep 15 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan
  • Sep 15 Rotterdam dock strikes end
  • Sep 16 King Hussein of Jordan forms military government
  • Sep 17 American TV variety program "The Flip Wilson Show" debuts on NBC-TV,; runs for 4 seasons, winning 2 Emmy Awards
  • Sep 17 Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army
  • Sep 17 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

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

  • Sep 19 1st Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Tyrannosaurus Rex headlines; other performs include: Wayne Fontana, Steamhammer, Duster Bennett, Al Stewart, Amazing Blondel, Keith Christmas, Quintessence, and Stackridge
  • Sep 20 Jim Morrison found guilty of "open profanity and indecent exposure" after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969
  • Sep 20 Soviet spcecraft Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample

Film & TV History

Sep 21 "Monday Night Football" created by Roone Arledge, premieres on ABC - Browns 31, Jets 21

  • Sep 21 KAPP TV channel 35 in Yakima, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 21 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page
  • Sep 21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • Sep 21 Soviet space probe Luna 16 leaves the Moon

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 23 Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia
  • 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

Album Release

Sep 25 Ringo Starr releases his 2nd solo album "Beaucoups of Blues", a collection of country music recorded in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Sep 26 A groups of Protestant youths attack the Catholic Unity Flats as rioting continues in the Protestant Shankill Road area
  • Sep 26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
  • Sep 27 Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error

Historic Event

Sep 28 Anwar Sadat replaces the late Gamal Abdel Nasser as acting Egyptian President; elected president in October 1970

  • Sep 28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • Sep 28 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC
  • Sep 29 "NET Festival" last aired
  • Sep 30 A Protestant man is shot and killed by Loyalists in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Sep 30 New American Bible published
  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • Oct 1 Final game played at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies win over Montreal Expos, 2–1
  • Oct 1 Landmark feminist book "The Female Eunuch" by Germaine Greer is published this month
  • Oct 1 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game
  • Oct 2 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

Sports History

Oct 2 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

Musical Finale

Oct 3 André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "Coco", inspired by the life of Coco Chanel, and starring Katharine Hepburn, closes at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC, after 329 performances, and 2 Tony Awards

  • Oct 3 First umpires strike in MLB history lasts one day during League Championship Series; AL and NL presidents recognise newly-formed MLB Umpires Association; negotiate labor contract
  • Oct 3 WAPT TV channel 16 in Jackson, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 4 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
  • Oct 4 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • Oct 4 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 American fiddle player "Papa" John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
  • Oct 5 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1
  • Oct 5 PBS becomes a US television network.
  • Oct 5 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 8 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 9 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence
  • Oct 10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 12 Rock Memorabilia Auction at Filmore East

Sports History

Oct 13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

  • Oct 13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Oct 13 Angela Davis arrested in NYC
  • Oct 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site