Year 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 13 Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu flees Biafra into exile, leaving his deputy Philip Effiong to surrender to the Nigerian army, unofficially ending the Nigerian Civil War
  • Mar 2 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • May 31 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world's deadliest avalanche
  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 21 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Sep 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
  • Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following a military coup
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Historical Marriages

  • May 19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
  • May 23 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)
  • Jun 29 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Françoise Gilot (48) in Paris

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