October 1970 calendar

October 1970

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

But much more happened on October 1970: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1970?


  • 01 Oct 1970 63 arrest in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milano Italy
  • 02 Oct 1970 Plane carrying Wichita State University football team crashes killing 30.
  • 03 Oct 1970 Coco closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances
  • 04 Oct 1970 Kansas City Chiefs Jan Stenerud kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 05 Oct 1970 John Creach, joins Jefferson Airplane
  • 07 Oct 1970 General Juan José Torres becomes the new President of Bolivia.
  • 08 Oct 1970 Soviet author Alexander I Solzhenitsyn awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • 09 Oct 1970 Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence.
  • 10 Oct 1970 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day).
  • 11 Oct 1970 Eleven French soldiers are killed in a shootout with rebels in Chad.
  • 12 Oct 1970 Rock Memorabilia Auction at Filmore East
  • 13 Oct 1970 Angela Davis arrested in New York City
  • 14 Oct 1970 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins
  • 15 Oct 1970 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • 16 Oct 1970 In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act.
  • 17 Oct 1970 Anwar Sadat sworn in as President of Egypt
  • 18 Oct 1970 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • 19 Oct 1970 Rothschilds opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • 20 Oct 1970 American Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 21 Oct 1970 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
  • 22 Oct 1970 Chilean army commander René Schneider is shot in Santiago the government declares a state of emergency. Schneider dies October 25.
  • 23 Oct 1970 Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame, fueled with natural gas.
  • 24 Oct 1970 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • 25 Oct 1970 The wreck of the Confederate submarine ''Hunley'' is found off Charleston, South Carolina, by pioneer underwater archaeologist, Dr. E. Lee Spence, Cover Story: Time Capsule From The Sea ampndash ''U.S. News amp World Report'', July 2–9, 2007 then just 22 years old. ''Hunley'' was the first submarine in history to sink a ship in warfare.
  • 26 Oct 1970 Doonesbury comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers.
  • 27 Oct 1970 Light, Lively & Yiddish opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 28 Oct 1970 US / USSR sign an agreement to discuss joint space efforts
  • 29 Oct 1970 WYEA (now WLTZ) TV channel 38 in Columbus, Georgia (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 30 Oct 1970 KVEW TV channel 42 in Kennewick, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Oct 1970 The British Trade Commissioner, James Cross, is kidnapped by members of the Front de libération du Québec, triggering the October Crisis in Canada.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  2. - Cracklin' Rosie
  3. - I'll Be There
  4. - Lookin' Out My Back Door
  5. - We've Only Just Begun

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Tears Of A Clown
  2. - Band Of Gold
  3. - Black Night
  4. - The Wonder Of You
  5. - You Can Get It If You Really Want


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1970?

Up The Organization by Robert Townsend

Up The Organization


Although Up the Organization was published over thirty-five years before its first publication, it continues to be a top choice for business books, even though it was first published in 1983.

Great Lion Of God by Taylor Caldwell

Great Lion Of God


Caldwell's classic epic novel is an inspiring, moving, and spiritual tale about St. Paul and the lives of the Jews, Romans, and early Christians.

The Wall Street Jungle by Richard Ney

The Wall Street Jungle


The Wall Street Jungle [January 1, 1970] Ney Richard... B00005X4AX

Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway

Islands In The Stream


A LATER CLASSIC FROM AMERICA’S PREMIER FICTION WRTER. First published in 1970, nine year after Hemingway's passing, this story is about an artist and adventurer, much like Hemingway.

Inside The Third Reich by Albert Speer

Inside The Third Reich


Speer, Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production, is brutally incarcerated. He was the man who kept Germany armed and the war machine going even after Hitler's mythology had died.