1970 in history

1970 events chronologically

Jan 1 Unix time begins at 00:00:00 UTC/GMT
Jan 4 A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes Tonghai County, China, killing at least 15,000 people
Jan 7 The Punjab Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969 comes into effect
Jan 12 Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War
Jan 15 Nigerian Civil War: After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders
Jan 15 Moammar Gadhafi is proclaimed premier of Libya
Jan 16 Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects

Top 7 most famous people born in 1970

Jan 29 Paul Ryan an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999 and as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2011. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election
Apr 29 Andre Agassi an American retired professional tennis player and former World 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi had been called the best service returner in the history of the game. Described by the BBC upon his retirement as "perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport's history", Agassi compiled performances that, along with his unorthodox apparel and attitude, saw him cited as one of the most charismatic players in the history of the game. As a result, he is credited for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s
Jul 30 Christopher Nolan a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He created several of the most successful films of the early 21st century, and his nine films have grossed over $4 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 21 Oscar nominations and six awards
Aug 13 Alan Shearer an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and for the England national team. He was widely regarded as one of the world's best strikers, being both Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. Since retiring as a player in 2006, Shearer has worked as a television pundit for the BBC. In 2009, he briefly left his BBC role to become Newcastle United's manager in the last eight games of their 2008–09 season, in an unsuccessful attempt to save them from relegation. In addition to his footballing career, Shearer is a keen dresser. Indeed "Ooh, look at Shearer, isn't he lovely" was a common remark around Newcastle when he first joined the Toon Army
Oct 8 Matt Damon an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer and philanthropist. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's award-winning screenplay, Good Will Hunting , for which he also received a number of Best Actor nominations. Growing steadily in popularity since then, he is now among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and one of the top-40 highest-grossing actors of all time. In addition to the many awards and nominations Damon has received, such as Academy, Golden Globe and other industry awards, for his work in the film industry—in 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine
Nov 9 Chris Jericho a Canadian-American professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, and businessman. Currently signed to WWE, he is also well known for his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling , and internationally in Canadian, German, Japanese, and Mexican promotions. He is known for his over-the-top, rock star persona – dubbed "The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla" – and for a contrasting run as an aloof villain in the late 2000s and early 2010s
Dec 18 Rob Van Dam an American professional wrestler and occasional actor, who is currently signed to WWE. Van Dam is best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s, with the World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment in the early to mid-2000s and with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in the early 2010s

Top 7 most famous people died in 1970

Jan 5 Max Born a German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 30s. Born won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "fundamental research in Quantum Mechanics, especially in the statistical interpretation of the wave function"
Feb 2 Bertrand Russell a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain
Jun 21 Sukarno the first President of Indonesia.
Sep 18 Jimi Hendrix an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music"
Sep 28 Gamal Abdel Nasser the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. He planned the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, and was deputy prime minister in the new government. In 1953, Nasser introduced far-reaching land reforms. Following a 1954 Muslim Brotherhood-led attempt on his life, he ordered a crackdown on the organization, put President Muhammad Naguib under house arrest, and assumed executive office. A June 1956 public referendum approved both the new constitution and Nasser's nomination for presidency
Oct 4 Janis Joplin an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival, this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles, and other popular songs from her four-year solo career include "Down on Me", "Summertime", "Piece of My Heart", "Ball 'n' Chain", "Maybe", "To Love Somebody", "Kozmic Blues", "Work Me, Lord", "Cry Baby", "Mercedes Benz", and her only number one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee"
Nov 9 Charles de Gaulle the dominant military and political leader of France for much of the period from 1940 to 1969. Refusing to accept his government's armistice with the German invaders in 1940, he set up his base in London, proclaimed himself the incarnation of France, and created the Free French movement. During the war he rallied the overseas colonies , organized the Resistance from abroad, and struggled to gain full recognition from the British and Americans. A firm proponent of democracy, he became the leader of the Provisional Government of France following its liberation in 1944 and destroyed the vestiges of the authoritarian Vichy regime. He retired from office in 1946, but returned in 1958 as France verged on civil war over the Algerian crisis. As president during the new Fifth Republic, he revised the constitution to provide for presidential control of foreign and military policy, granted independence to Algeria and the African colonies, stabilized politics, and restored the nation's economic health. Forging a close bond with West Germany, he sought to dominate the European Common Market by vetoing British entry and keeping the United States at arms' length. Exhausted politically and emotionally, he finally left office in 1969. His reputation as the strongest and greatest of French leaders since Napoleon continues into the 21st century