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 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
  • 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 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

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