September 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 Failed assassination attempt on Jordanian king Hussain
  • Sep 1 Jose Velasco Ibarra re-elected president of Ecuador

Event of Interest

Sep 3 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands

  • Sep 4 -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)
  • Sep 4 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, Michael Kane (35), is killed in the premature explosion of the bomb he was planting at an electricity transformer in Belfast

Election of Interest

Sep 4 Marxist Salvador Allende wins a narrow plurality of votes in Chile's presidential election

  • Sep 5 Estimated 15 cm (6") of rainfall, Bug Point, Utah (state record)
  • Sep 6 Palestinians seize 3 airliners
  • Sep 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 7 Donald Boyles sets record for highest parachute jump from a bridge, by leaping off of 1,053' Royal George Bridge in Colorado
  • Sep 7 Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan
  • Sep 7 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacks 4 planes and forces them to land at Dawson's Field, Jordan
  • Sep 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Sep 11 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members release majority of 310 hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings, near Zarqa, Jordan; 56 hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25
  • Sep 12 Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
  • Sep 12 Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 16 launched to the moon
  • Sep 12 Supersonic airliner Concorde lands for the 1st time at Heathrow airport
  • Sep 12 US LSD professor Timothy Leary escapes from California jail
  • Sep 13 IBM announces System 370 computer
  • Sep 13 Palestine guerillas conquer Irbid Jordania
  • Sep 14 Economic Council for Northern Ireland holds its first meeting
  • Sep 15 Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed
  • Sep 15 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan
  • Sep 15 Rotterdam dock strikes end
  • Sep 16 King Hussein of Jordan forms military government
  • Sep 17 Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army
  • Sep 20 Soviet spcecraft Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample
  • Sep 21 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page
  • Sep 21 Soviet space probe Luna 16 leaves the Moon

Event of Interest

Sep 22 US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses

  • Sep 23 Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia
  • Sep 23 Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Arthur Young announces his resignation
  • Sep 24 Soviet space probe Luna 16 lands on earth after 1st unmanned round trip to moon
  • Sep 26 A groups of Protestant youths attack the Catholic Unity Flats as rioting continues in the Protestant Shankill Road area
  • Sep 26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 kmĀ²).

Event of Interest

Sep 28 Anwar Sadat replaces the late Gamal Abdel Nasser as acting Egyptian President; elected president in October 1970

  • Sep 29 "NET Festival" last aired
  • Sep 30 A Protestant man is shot and killed by Loyalists in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Sep 30 New American Bible published

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 3 Jeremy Glick, American United Airlines Flight 93 passenger (d. 2001)
  • Sep 14 Ketanji Brown Jackson, American attorney and judge, born in Washington D.C.
  • Sep 18 Dan Eldon, British-Kenyan photojournalist, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1993)

Samantha PowerSamantha Power (52 years old)

Sep 21 Irish American author and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • Sep 22 Gladys Berejiklian, Australian politician (Premier of New South Wales 2019-21), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 27 Yoshiharu Habu, Japanese professional shogi player

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • Sep 4 James M. Taylor, American USAF officer and astronaut, killed during a training mission at 39
  • Sep 8 Percy Spencer, inventor of the microwave oven, (b. 1894)
  • Sep 11 Ernst May, German architect and city planner (New Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Rudolph Carnap, German philosopher and mathematician, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Gijsbert Friedhoff, Dutch architect (Wibautstrat tax office, Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • Sep 22 Alice Hamilton, American physician, scientist and social advocate (workmen's compensation laws, occupational illnesses), dies at 101 [1]
  • Sep 25 Erich Maria Remarque, German novelist (All Quiet on the Western Front), dies at 72

Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970)

Sep 28 Egyptian revolutionary and politician (Acting President, 1954-56; President, 1956-70), dies of a heart attack at 52

  • Sep 28 John Roderigo Dos Passos, American writer (Manhattan Transfer), dies at 74