On This Day

August 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Ill to Oshkosh, Wi
  • 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 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
  • Aug 6 Italian government of Mariano Rumor resigns
  • Aug 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 7 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • 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 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 17 Venera 7 (US), 1st softlanding on Venus, launched
  • 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
  • Aug 24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
  • Aug 26 Minister of Home Affairs Robert Porter resigns from the Stormont government (North Ireland parliament)
  • Aug 29 Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
  • Aug 31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted
  • Aug 31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Kevin Smith, American director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, born in Red bank, New Jersey
  • Aug 3 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer, born in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 9 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • Aug 12 Anthony Swofford, American novelist
  • Aug 13 Will Clarke, American novelist (The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Aug 15 Ben Silverman, American TV executive
  • Aug 19 Clare Waight Keller, English fashion designer (first female head of Givenchy), born in Birmingham, England
  • Aug 22 Charlie Connelly, English writer (Attention All Shipping), born in London
  • Aug 23 Lawrence Frank, American head coach, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 31 Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, born in Kuwait City

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 23 US Solicitor General Ken Starr weds Alice Mendell

Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton Ken Starr
Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton
Ken Starr

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), dies at 86
  • Aug 7 Harold Haley, American judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • Aug 7 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • Aug 7 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 10 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist, dies at 63
  • Aug 19 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • Aug 22 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • Aug 30 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41