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1970 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXX) was the 70th year of the 20th century. 1970 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1970.
News Events of 1970

Biafra surrenders, ending the Nigerian civil war.

Pro-US coup in Cambodia. Lon Nol becomes leader.

United States invades Cambodia to attack Communist base areas.

Ohio National Guard open fire on protesting students at Kent State University. Four students are killed, nine are wounded.

The Beatles disband.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry.

John Lennon

Pan Am is the first airline to introduce Boeing 747 into service.

Boeing 747

Palestinian terrorists blow up 3 hijacked airliners at Dawson's Field in Jordan.

Venera 7 (USSR) is first probe to return data from the surface of another planet (Venus).


China launches her first satellite, Dong Fang Hong I.

Fiji becomes independent from UK.

Anwar Sadat becomes President of Egypt.

Ford Pinto introduced.

First New York City marathon.

Paul McCartney sues to dissolve the The Beatles legal partnership.

Construction of the Aswan High Dam completed in Egypt.

Dublin, China launches Dong Fang Hong I, the country's first satellite.

Earth Day is celebrated for the first time.

Earth Day

The Bhola cyclone kills 500,000 people in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in one night.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect.

Sports in 1970
  • American Football:

    1970 Super Bowl (Super Bowl IV):

    • Winning Team: Kansas City Chiefs

    • Losing Team: Minnesota Vikings

  • Baseball:

    1970 World Series

    • Winning Team: Baltimore Orioles

    • Losing Team: Cincinnati Reds

  • Soccer:

    1970 FIFA World Cup:

    • Host Nation for World Cup Finals: for World Cup Finals: Mexico

    • Winners: Brazil

    • Runners-Up: Italy

    1970 European Cup:

    • Winners: Feyenoord

    • Runners-Up: Celtic

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