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- January 11, 1970 - Kansas City Chiefs upset the Minesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.
- January 14, 1970 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules six southern states must integrate by February 1 in a school segregation case.
- February 16, 1970 - Joe Frazier knocks out Jimmy Ellis in the 5th round to win boxing's heavyweight championship.
- March 3, 1970 - A mob of angry white residents in Lamar, South Carolina, attack three buses carrying black schoolchildren to a desegregated school.
- April 1, 1970 - The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, passed earlier by both the House and the Senate, is signed into law by President Nixon. All cigarette and TV and radio advertising will cease on January 1, 1971.
- April 13, 1970 - Apollo 13 mission abandoned after minor explosion and power failure.
- April 17, 1970 - Apollo 13 lands safely in the Pacific Ocean.
- April 22, 1970 - First-ever Earth Day
- April 30, 1970 - President Nixon announces U.S. troop movements into Cambodia.
- May 4, 1970 - Kent State Massacre
- May 14, 1970 - Two black students are shot to death by police during unrest at Jackson State in Mississippi.
- May 15, 1970 - The IOC officially bans South Africa from all Olympic events.
- May 30, 1970 - The 54th Indianapolis 500 is won by Al Unser.
- June 2, 1970 - Researchers at the University of Wisconsin announce the first complete synthesis of a gene.
- June 16, 1970 - Kenneth Gibson becomes the first black mayor of a major Eastern Seaboard city.
- June 22, 1970 - A new law giving 18-year-olds the right to vote in federal elections is signed into law by President Nixon.
- June 25, 1970 - yrian and Israeli forces fight over the Golan Heights in the biggest battle since the 1967 war.
- June 29, 1970 - The movement of the last U.S. ground troops out of Cambodia is announced by the army.
- July 31, 1970 - The Israeli government agrees to a U.S. plan for a cease-fire and talks in the Middle East.
- August 2, 1970 - A Pan Am 747 with 379 passengers aboard is hijacked to Cuba while en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from New York.
- August 3, 1970 - he military announces the first successful underwater firing of a Poseidon missile.
- August 18, 1970 - Environmentalists are outraged when the the navy intentionally scuttles the U.S. Liberty 250 miles of Cape Kennedy with containers filled with nerve gas on board.
- September 6, 1970 - Four passenger jets bound for New York are hijacked by Arab terrorists. Three of the four land in the Middle East while the fourth lands in London.
- September 18, 1970 - Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix dies at age 27
- September 28, 1970 - President Nasser of Egypt dies of a heart attack at age 52. Anwar Sadat is named interim ruler.
- October 4, 1970 - Janis Joplin dies at age 27.
- October 8, 1970 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for literature.
- October 12, 1970 - President Nixon announces that 40,000 troops are to be withdrawn from Vietnam by Christmas.
- October 15, 1970 - The Baltimore Orioles win the World Series by defeating the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 in game five.
- November 1, 1970 - A fire in a night club near Grenoble, France, kills 145 who are trapped behind locked doors.
- November 3, 1970 - The Democrats retain control of Congress and gain a few governorships in mid-term elections.
- November 9, 1970 - Charles de Gaulle of France dies of a heart attack at age 79.
- November 12, 1970 - State University of New York biologists announce the first artificial synthesis of a living cell.
- November 13, 1970 - A cyclone and tidal waves along the coast of Bangladesh leaves an estimated 300,000 dead and three million homeless.
- November 26, 1970 - Pope Paul VI narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by a Bolivian artist wielding a knife.
- December 11, 1970 - President Nixon announces George Bush will succeed Charles Yost as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
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