This Day In History
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
On This Day

1970

Events

March 4, 1970

French submarine <i>Eurydice</i> explodes...
French submarine Eurydice explodes underwater, resulting in the loss of the entire 57-man crew. Eurydice was a French submarine, one of nine of the Daphné class. On 4 March 1970, while diving in calm seas off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, 35 miles east of Toulon, a geophysical laboratory picked up the shock waves of an underwater explosion. French and Italian search teams found an oil slick and a few bits of debris, including a parts tag that bore the name Eurydice. The cause of the explosion was never determined. All 57 crew were lost.
submarine, Eurydice

April 22, 1970

The first Earth Day...
The first Earth Day is celebrated. Earth Day is a day early each year on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015.
Earth Day

November 17, 1970

Douglas Engelbart receives the...
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse. Engelbart received patent US3,541,541 on "X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System". At the time, Engelbart envisaged that users would hold the mouse continuously in one hand and type on a five-key chord keyset with the other. The concept was preceded in the 19th century by the telautograph, which also anticipated the fax machine.
Engelbart, patent, computer mouse

December 15, 1970

Soviet spacecraft Venera 7...
Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully land on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet The Venera 7 was a Soviet spacecraft, part of the Venera series of probes to Venus. When it landed on the Venusian surface, it became the first man-made spacecraft to successfully land on another planet and to transmit data from there back to Earth.
spacecraft, Venera 7, Venus, space

Births

January 9, 1970
Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert) is a Belgian-Italian international singer who also holds Canadian citizenship. Multilingual, she sings in French, Italian and English.

Deaths

January 31, 1970
Mikhail Mil

Mikhail Leontyevich Mil was a Soviet aerospace engineer. He was founder of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which is responsible for many well-known Soviet helicopter models.
September 18, 1970
Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.
November 9, 1970
Charles de Gaulle

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969
December 9, 1970
Artem Mikoyan

Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan was a Soviet aircraft designer of Armenian descent. In partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich he designed many of the famous MiG military aircraft.
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