October 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Final game played at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies win over Montreal Expos, 2–1
  • Oct 1 Landmark feminist book "The Female Eunuch" by Germaine Greer is published this month
  • Oct 2 14 members of the Wichita State University Football team as well as 17 administrators and supporters are killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains
  • Oct 4 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 4 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • Oct 5 American fiddle player "Papa" John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
  • Oct 5 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 8 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 9 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence
  • Oct 10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 12 Rock Memorabilia Auction at Filmore East
  • Oct 13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Oct 13 Angela Davis arrested in NYC
  • Oct 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • Oct 15 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey

Event of Interest

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 Bernadette Devlin is released from prison having served four months of her six month sentence for riotous behaviour
  • Oct 21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • 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 23 Gary Gabelich sets auto speed record 622.4 mph (1,001 kph)

Election of Interest

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

  • Oct 24 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • Oct 26 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • Oct 26 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • Oct 28 US/USSR sign an agreement to discuss joint space efforts
  • Oct 29 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland

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

  • Oct 30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Colin Rivas, Galician artist

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan (52 years old)

Oct 8 British politician and 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London

  • Oct 13 Serena Altschul, American broadcast journalist, born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 18 José Padilla, American former gang member and alleged supporter of terrorism
  • Oct 20 Michelle Malkin, American political commentator and author (Fox News), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Grant Imahara, American TV Mythbuster, born in Lod Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Oct 24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British engineer and project manager, born in Oxford, England

Weddings in History

John Major

Oct 3 75th Prime Minister of UK John Major (27) weds Norma Johnson (28) at St Matthew's Church, Brixton

Deaths in History

  • Oct 6 Julian Przybos, Polish poet (Sruby), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian-French sociologist and philosopher, dies at 57
  • Oct 10 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Maritime (1956-68), dies at 60

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier (1884-1970)

Oct 10 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, dies at 86

  • Oct 12 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani Urdu poet, dies at 40
  • Oct 17 Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • Oct 19 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54

John T. ScopesJohn T. Scopes (1900-1970)

Oct 21 American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies of cancer at 70

  • Oct 22 René Schneider, Chilean general/supreme commander, murdered
  • Oct 24 Richard Hofstadter, American historian, dies at 54