On This Day

Historical Events in 1970 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 750 of 750

Historic Event

Oct 16 Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act as a response to the October Crisis, the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canadian history.

  • Oct 17 Anwar Sadat sworn in as the 3rd President of Egypt
  • Oct 18 Sachio Kinugasa begins 2,215 cons game streak for Hiroshima Carp
  • Oct 19 Amdahl Corp forms at Sunnyvale, California
  • Oct 19 John Frazier kills Ohta's declares WW 3 has begun
  • Oct 20 American agronomist Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to world food supply
  • Oct 20 Zond 8 Launches to orbit the Moon
  • Oct 21 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • Oct 21 Bernadette Devlin is released from prison having served four months of her six month sentence for riotous behaviour
  • Oct 23 Gary Gabelich sets auto speed record 622.4 mph (1,001 kph)
  • Oct 23 Charles Haughey and two others are found not guilty of illegal arms importation by a Dublin jury; the 'Arms Trial' began on 28 May 1970
  • Oct 24 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Election of Interest

Oct 24 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress

  • Oct 25 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza
  • Oct 26 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • Oct 26 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Oct 28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • Oct 28 US/USSR sign an agreement to discuss joint space efforts
  • Oct 29 WYEA (now WLTZ) TV channel 38 in Columbus, GA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 29 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 30 KVEW TV channel 42 in Kennewick, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights

Meeting of Interest

Oct 30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security

Music History

Oct 31 Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and open profanity, though remains free on a $50,000 bond pending appeal

  • Nov 1 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • Nov 1 Fire at Club Cinq-Sept Discotheque in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, kills 146, as all emergency exits were padlocked
  • Nov 1 KGTF TV channel 12 in Agana, GU (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Nov 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson wins his second NL Cy Young Award (23-7 record, 274 strikeouts and 3.12 ERA

Historic Event

Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam

Historic Event

Nov 4 Russian nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov forms Human Rights Committee

  • Nov 4 Genie, a 13 year old feral child found in Los Angeles, California, having been locked in her bedroom by her father for most of her life
  • Nov 6 Twins Jim Perry wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances
  • Nov 7 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida

Sports History

Nov 7 Argentine boxer Carlos Monzon upsets defending champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in 12th round KO in Rome to win WBC, WBA middleweight titles

  • Nov 8 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • Nov 8 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • Nov 9 Trial of Seattle 8 anti-war protesters begins
  • Nov 9 Comedy troupe "The Goodies" make their television debut on the BBC
  • Nov 9 The Irish School of Ecumenics is founded by Michael Hurley
  • Nov 10 Luna 17, with unmanned self-propelled Lunokhod 1, is launched

Music Premiere

Nov 10 Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin's musical "Two by Two" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 343 performances

  • Nov 11 Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP
  • Nov 12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • Nov 12 Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 12 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Nov 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"

  • Nov 14 Marshall U football team wiped out in DC-9 air crash at Kenova, West Virginia, killing 75

Sports History

Nov 15 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"

  • Nov 16 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Nov 16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • Nov 17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • Nov 17 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

Historic Invention

Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

Music Recording

Nov 17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 18 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Nov 18 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 18 Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

  • Nov 18 Netherlands & Albania form diplomatic relations
  • Nov 18 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
  • Nov 19 Golden Gate Park Conservatory becomes a Californian state historical landmark
  • Nov 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 20 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China

Coup d'état

Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup

  • Nov 21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • Nov 21 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Nov 22 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Isaac wins

Music Single

Nov 23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

  • Nov 23 KNCT TV channel 46 in Belton/Killeen, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 23 Arthur Young resigns as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)

Album Release

Nov 23 Cat Stevens releases his fourth studio album "Tea for the Tillerman"; featuring singles "Wild World and "Father and Son"

  • Nov 24 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
  • Nov 25 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt
  • Nov 26 In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record
  • Nov 27 Carl Morton (18-11 for last-place Expos), receives NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass" - it becomes the best selling solo release of any of the Beatles, going 6X Platinum

Papal Visit

Nov 27 Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

  • Nov 27 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10; game marred by woeful field conditions
  • Nov 28 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • Nov 29 England cricket batsman Colin Cowdrey reaches 22 on Day 3 of the drawn 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane to become Test Cricket's leading run scorer; passes countryman Wally Hammond's world Test-record aggregate of 7,249 runs
  • Dec 1 Luis Echeverria Alvarez sworn in as president of Mexico
  • Dec 1 Independent People's Republic of South Yemen renames itself as People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
  • Dec 2 Environmental Protection Agency begins in the US under Director William Ruckelshaus
  • Dec 2 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 3 Claude Ruel resigns as coach of the NHL Montreal Canadiens; replacement Al MacNeil leads Habs to a Stanley Cup championship 5 months later
  • Dec 4 Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%
  • Dec 5 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • Dec 5 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Dec 5 Premiere of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico
  • Dec 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • Dec 7 Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of LA Zen Center, receives dharma
  • Dec 7 West Germany & Poland normalize relations
  • Dec 8 Head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal William Conway publishes a pamphlet on the topic of segregation in education in Northern Ireland
  • Dec 9 Dutch Antilles: government of Petronia falls
  • Dec 9 OPEC meeting in Caracas establishes 55 percent as minimum tax rate and demands that posted prices be changed to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates
  • Dec 10 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Soviet novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn chooses not to claim his Nobel Prize in Literature for fear that the USSR would prevent his return afterwards. Accepts in 1974 after he was deported.

  • Dec 11 Start of the 1st Test match at the WACA, Australia v England
  • Dec 12 Polish government proclaims price rise
  • Dec 12 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays
  • Dec 12 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 13 Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut v England at the WACA

Film & TV History

Dec 13 Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 15 South Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed
  • Dec 15 Soviet Venera 7 is 1st spacecraft to land on another planet (Venus)
  • Dec 15 Illinois State Constitution is adopted at a special election

Sports History

Dec 15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

  • Dec 15 Striking shipyard workers in Gdańsk, Poland set ablaze the ruling Provincial Committee's building; responding soldiers kill 8
  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 16 "Love Story" film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
  • Dec 16 Polish Vice-Prime Minister Stanisław Kociołek, condemns labor protesters and calls for the workers to get back to work, in a televised speech
  • Dec 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 17 Workers returning to shipyard in Gdynia, Poland are met by soldiers who shoot at the crowd, killing at least 18, wounding hundreds
  • Dec 18 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances
  • Dec 18 Polish uprising fails
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 20 Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's communist party leader

Elvis Meets Nixon

Dec 21 Elvis Presley meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House - the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives

  • Dec 21 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 Oregon v. Mitchell Supreme Court case was decided, lowering the minimum voting age in U.S. federal elections to 18. The voting age for state and local elections was left to states discretion
  • Dec 22 Treblinka SS commander Franz Stangl sentenced to life imprisonment

Historic Event

Dec 23 7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" (record) in London's West End

  • Dec 23 French author Régis Debray freed in Bolivia
  • Dec 23 NYC World Trade Center reaches highest point (411 m)
  • Dec 23 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Dec 23 A Protestant man is shot dead at his home in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Dec 24 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane
  • Dec 24 Walt Disney's "Aristocats" is released
  • Dec 27 Jerry Herman's musical "Hello, Dolly!" closes at the St. James Theatre, NYC, after 2844 performances and 10 Tony Awards
  • Dec 28 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances
  • Dec 28 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution
  • Dec 29 Occupational Safety and Health Act (United States) signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon

Football Awards

Dec 29 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva

  • Dec 30 The financial cost of the disturbances and riots in Northern Ireland during 1969 and 1970 are today estimated to be £5.5 million

Historic Event

Dec 31 Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin

Music History

Dec 31 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

  • Dec 31 President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines
  • Dec 31 Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out