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1970 Historical Event(s)
- February 6, 1970 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dog in Chinese astrology.
- March 6, 1970 – Blast at Weather Underground safe house in Greenwich Village kills three.
- May 4, 1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the United States’ invasion of Cambodia.
- May 26, 1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
- June 13, 1970 – “The Long and Winding Road” becomes the Beatles’ last Number 1 song.
- September 12, 1970 – Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
- September 19, 1970 – Kostas Georgakis, a Greek student of Geology, sets himself ablaze in Matteotti Square in Genoa, Italy as a protest against the dictatorial regime of Georgios Papadopoulos.
- October 16, 1970 – In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act.
- November 9, 1970 – Vietnam War: The Supreme Court of the United States votes 6 to 3 against hearing a case to allow Massachusetts to enforce its law granting residents the right to refuse military service in an undeclared war.
- November 18, 1970 – U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million USD in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
Who Were Born On 1970?
- January 11, 1970 – Chris Jent, American basketball player and coach
- March 28, 1970 – Aiga Zagorska, Lithuanian track and road cyclist
- May 10, 1970 – Gina Philips, American actress
- May 25, 1970 – Satsuki Yukino, Japanese voice actress
- June 6, 1970 – Sarah Dessen, American author
- June 8, 1970 – Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan
- June 17, 1970 – Sasha Sokol, Mexican singer and actress
- August 23, 1970 – River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)
- August 31, 1970 – Arie van Lent, Dutch-born German footballer
- December 16, 1970 – Valerie Chow, Hong Kong actress