January 1970 calendar

January 1970

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1970.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1970: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1970?


  • 01 Jan 1970 The Epoch
  • 02 Jan 1970 Dutch premiere of musical Hair in Amsterdam
  • 03 Jan 1970 Jimmy closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 04 Jan 1970 New York City transit fare rises from 20 cents to 30 cents, new larger tokens used
  • 05 Jan 1970 KPTS TV channel 8 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan 1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for US$35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock".
  • 09 Jan 1970 Constitution of Singapore enacted.
  • 10 Jan 1970 Preview Center Opens
  • 11 Jan 1970 Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans; Most Valuable Player: Len Dawson, Quarterback.
  • 12 Jan 1970 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage.
  • 14 Jan 1970 Diana Ross amp The Supremes perform their farewell live concert together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Ross's replacement, Jean Terrell, is introduced onstage at the end of the last show.
  • 15 Jan 1970 Republic Biafra disbands, joins Nigeria.
  • 16 Jan 1970 Colonel Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya.
  • 17 Jan 1970 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s
  • 18 Jan 1970 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13.
  • 19 Jan 1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
  • 20 Jan 1970 Super Fight, computer mock championship between Muhammed Ali and Marciano.
  • 21 Jan 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
  • 22 Jan 1970 Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa versus Australia, Cape Town.
  • 23 Jan 1970 US launches second generation weather satellite, ITOS 1.
  • 24 Jan 1970 Valeri Muratov skates world record 500m (38.99 seconds).
  • 26 Jan 1970 Mick Jagger is fined £200 for possession of cannabis.
  • 27 Jan 1970 American movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG".
  • 31 Jan 1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • 05 Jan 1970 The 7.1 M  Tonghai earthquake shakes Tonghai County, Yunnan province, China, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (). Between 10,000 and 15,000 people are known to have been killed and about another 26,000 are injured.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1970?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
  2. - I Want You Back
  3. - Leaving on A Jet Plane
  4. - Someday We'll Be Together
  5. - Venus

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Two Little Boys
  2. - Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town
  3. - Melting Pot
  4. - Suspicious Minds
  5. - Tracy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1970?

The Gang That Couldn'T Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin

The Gang That Couldn'T Shoot Straight


Funny western

Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

Travels With My Aunt


"I met Aunt Augusta the first time at my mother’s funeral ..." Graham Greene described it as "the only book that I have written for fun," Travels with My

The Collapse Of The Third Republic by William L. Shirer

The Collapse Of The Third Republic


A renowned historian presents a page-turner that is eyewitness and monumental about the tragedy of France's fall to Hitler's Third Reich at WWII's beginning. William L. is an international war correspondent, radio commentator and broadcaster.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain


The United States government has been warned by some of the most respected biophysicists in America: Current sterilization procedures for returning space probes could not guarantee an uncontaminated re-entry.

Present At The Creation by Dean Acheson

Present At The Creation


Dean Acheson presents a detailed portrait of many world leaders and analyzes the process of policy making, the necessity to make a decision and the role of power in matters of state.