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Events in History in 1970 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 434

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 19 Conservatives led by Edward Heath win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Jun 19 Jim Bouton's controversial "Ball Four" is published
  • Jun 19 The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed
  • Jun 20 British government of Edward Heath forms (with Margaret Thatcher in the Cabinet)
  • Jun 20 Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR
  • 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
  • Jun 23 Charles Rangel defeats Adam Clayton Powell in Democratic primary
  • 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
  • Jul 1 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"
  • Jul 2 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
  • Jul 2 The Prevention of Incitement to Hatred Act (Northern Ireland) is introduced; it proves difficult to secure convictions under its provisions, seldom enforced
  • Jul 2 Neil Blaney is found not guilty of illegal arms importation to the Irish Republican Army by a Dublin jury
  • Jul 3 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • Jul 3 The British Army impose curfew on Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; coming under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters
  • Jul 4 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, NJ
  • Jul 4 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • Jul 4 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army
  • Jul 5 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto's airport killing 109
  • Jul 6 California passes 1st "no fault" divorce law
  • Jul 6 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • Jul 9 In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic ocean on the raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco after 57 days

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Jul 12 Tanzania signs contract with China for building Tanzam-railway
  • Jul 13 Building begins of Amsterdam metro
  • Jul 13 The annual 'Twelfth' parades passes off without serious incident in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 16 Iraq's constitution goes into effect
  • Jul 16 Reds spoil Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, 3-2

  • Jul 16 9th British Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 18 Arthur Brown arrested for stripping on stage in Palemo Sicily
  • Jul 18 Ron Hunt gets hit by a pitch for a record 119th time
  • Jul 21 Aswan High Dam opens in Egypt, enables human control of the flooding of the Nile
  • Jul 21 Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Qaboos bin Said al Said becomes Sultan of Oman after overthrowing his father, Sa'id ibn Taimur
  • Jul 23 A ban on parades and public processions until January 1971 is announced by the Stormont government (North Ireland Parliament)
  • Jul 24 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 29 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct
  • Jul 30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida and Texas
  • Jul 30 Riots hit Belfast, North Ireland

Historic CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Jul 31 Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)

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Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
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  • Jul 31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 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
  • Sep 1 Failed assassination attempt on Jordanian king Hussain
  • Sep 1 Jose Velasco Ibarra re-elected president of Ecuador

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Sep 4 -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • 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
  • 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 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacks 4 planes and forces them to land at Dawson's Field, Jordan
  • 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 8 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Sep 9 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun
  • Sep 11 88 of the hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings are released. The remaining hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25.
  • Sep 11 The Ford Pinto is introduced.
  • 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 12 Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
  • 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 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan
  • Sep 15 Rotterdam dock strikes end
  • Sep 15 Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed
  • 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 Soviet space probe Luna 16 leaves the Moon
  • Sep 21 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page
  • 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 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
  • Sep 26 A groups of Protestant youths attack the Catholic Unity Flats as rioting continues in the Protestant Shankill Road area

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Anwar Sadat replaces Gamal Abdel Nasser as acting Egyptian President

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Sep 29 "NET Festival" last aired
  • Sep 30 New American Bible published
  • Sep 30 A Protestant man is shot and killed by Loyalists in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 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 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • Oct 4 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 5 John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
  • Oct 5 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 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 Angela Davis arrested in NYC
  • Oct 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 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
  • Oct 15 Anwar Sadat elected 3rd President of Egypt, succeeding Gamal Abdel Nasser

Event of interestEvent 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.

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 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 Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 20 Zond 8 Launch (Moon Orbit & Return)
  • Oct 21 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Oct 21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • Oct 21 Bernadette Devlin is released from prison having served four months of her six month sentence for riotous behaviour
  • Oct 23 Gary Gabelich sets auto speed record 622.4 mph (1,001 kph)
  • 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 24 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • Oct 24 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress
  • 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
  • Oct 30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights
  • Oct 30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security
  • Nov 1 Discotheque in Grenoble France burns, all exits padlocked & 142 die
  • Nov 1 Fire on Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, 144 die
  • Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
  • Nov 3 Marxist Salvador Allende inaugurated as President of Chile

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 Russian nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov forms Human Rights Committee

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Nov 4 Genie, a 13 year old feral child found in Los Angeles, California, having been locked in her bedroom by her father for most of her life
  • Nov 6 Twins Jim Perry wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida
  • Nov 9 Trial of Seattle 8 anti-war protesters begins
  • Nov 9 The Irish School of Ecumenics is founded by Michael Hurley
  • Nov 10 Luna 17, with unmanned self-propelled Lunokhod 1, is launched
  • Nov 11 Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP
  • Nov 12 Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 12 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Nov 14 Marshall U football team wiped out in DC-9 air crash at Kenova, West Virginia, killing 75
  • Nov 16 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Nov 16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • Nov 17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • Nov 17 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

InventionHistoric Invention

Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • Nov 18 Netherlands & Albania form diplomatic relations
  • Nov 18 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
  • Nov 19 Golden Gate Park Conservatory becomes a Californian state historical landmark
  • Nov 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 20 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China

BattleCoup d'état

Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Nov 23 Arthur Young resigns as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)
  • Nov 25 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt
  • Nov 26 In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record
  • Nov 27 Carl Morton (18-11 for last-place Expos), receives NL Rookie of Year

BeatificationPapal Visit

Nov 27 Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • Dec 1 Luis Echeverria Alvarez sworn in as president of Mexico
  • Dec 1 Independent People's Republic of South Yemen renames itself as People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
  • Dec 2 Environmental Protection Agency begins in the US under Director William Ruckelshaus
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 4 Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%
  • Dec 5 Premiere of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico