On This Day

June 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Soyuz 9 launched into Earth orbit for 18 days
  • Jun 3 1st artificial gene synthesized
  • Jun 4 43rd National Spelling Bee: Libby Childress wins spelling croissant
  • Jun 4 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Jun 5 Chile becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jun 5 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon
  • Jun 8 MLB players union and management end labor dispute, raising minimum salary to $12,000
  • Jun 9 Argentine military junta under Juan Carlos Lanusse ousts President Juan Carlos Onganía
  • Jun 9 Harry Blackmun sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jun 11 US leaves Wheelus AFB Libya
  • Jun 16 Kenneth A Gibson elected 1st black mayor of Newark, NJ
  • Jun 16 Race riots in Miami Florida

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 18 Edward Heath's Conservative Party win the General Election in UK, replacing the Labour Party

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Jun 19 A Nikolayev & V Sevastyanov return after 18 days in Soyuz 9
  • Jun 19 Conservatives led by Edward Heath win British parliamentary election
  • Jun 19 The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed
  • Jun 20 British government of Edward Heath forms (with Margaret Thatcher in the Cabinet)
  • Jun 21 Detroit's Cesar Gutierrez goes 7-for-7 to tie a record set in 1892

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 President Richard Nixon signs extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires voting age at 18 in all federal, state, and local elections

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jun 22 Supreme Court ruled juries of less than 12 are constitutional
  • Jun 22 Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a 6-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Charles Rangel defeats Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in Democratic primary in New York

  • Jun 24 Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs
  • Jun 24 Reds play final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, beat Giants 5-4
  • Jun 24 US Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • Jun 26 Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry after their father, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was making an incendiary device, presumably for use against the British Army
  • Jun 27 Following the arrest of Bernadette Devlin, intense riots erupt in Derry and Belfast leading to a prolonged gun battle between Irish republicans and loyalists
  • Jun 28 Around 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard are forced to leave their work by Protestant employees as serious rioting continues in Belfast
  • Jun 29 US ends 2 month military offensive into Cambodia

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 1 Joshua Compston, English art impresario, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jun 3 Ammon McNeely, American rock climber
  • Jun 4 Ekrem İmamoğlu, Turkish politician, Mayor of Istanbul (2019-), born in Akçaabat, Turkey
  • Jun 6 Sarah Dessen, American author
  • Jun 8 Gabrielle Giffords, American politician
  • Jun 19 Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician
  • Jun 20 Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Jun 20 Andrea Nahles, German politician, Leader of Social Democratic Party (2018-), born in Mendig, West Germany
  • Jun 22 Michel Elefteriades, Greek-Lebanese politician, artist, producer and businessman
  • Jun 25 Ariel Gore, American journalist and author, born in Carmel, California

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Françoise Gilot (48) in Paris

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82
  • Jun 3 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, dies at 70
  • Jun 3 H G Hjalmar Schacht, pres Germany Kingdom bank/minister of Eco, dies
  • Jun 3 Adrian Conan Doyle, youngest son of Arthur Conan Doyle, dies at 59
  • Jun 4 Hjalmar Schcacht [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • Jun 4 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • Jun 5 "Jopie" Pengel [Johan A], Premier of Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • Jun 5 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

Person of interestE. M. Forster

Jun 7 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • Jun 8 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Aleksander Kerensky, Minister-Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government (1917), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Frank Laubach, Benton Pa, taught reading through phonetics, dies
  • Jun 11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • Jun 16 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73

Person of interestSukarno

Jun 21 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Jun 23 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Man Singh II, Maharajah of Jaipur State, dies at 57
  • Jun 29 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), dies at 64