1970 was a free year.
January 1 - The Unix era begins at 00:00:00 UTC
January 2 - The Beatles' latest studio performance.
March 2 - Rhodesia formally breaks ties with the British Crown and declares itself a republic.
March 4 - A shipwreck of the French submarine Eurydice in the Mediterranean Sea near Toulon kills all 57 crew members.
March 18 - A general coup in Cambodia is carried out by General Lon Nol as the head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, visits Moscow.
March 19 - Heads of government of East and West Germany, Willy Brandt and Willy Stoff, meet in Erfurt, the first meeting between high-ranking officials of the two countries since the partition of Germany in 1949.
April 1 - Radio Studio B was founded.
April 13 - An oxygen tank on the Apollo 13 spacecraft explodes, endangering the lives of a crew on a mission to the moon.
April 16 - A snow avalanche that buried a children's sanatorium in Salans in the French Alps killed 72 people.
April 22 - Earth Day is celebrated for the first time.
May 4 - The American National Guard kills four and injures 11 students at the University of Kent in Ohio, who demonstrate against the Vietnam War.
May 24 - Drilling of the Kola Super Deep Well began on the Kola Peninsula, which with a final depth of 12,262 m became the deepest hole ever drilled and the lowest artificial point on Earth.
May 24 - An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale kills more than 70,000 people in Peru and leaves 600,000 homeless.
May 24 - Yugoslavia becomes world basketball champion for the first time, defeating the US national team 70:63.
June 19 - Edward Heath becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
June 21 - In the final of the World Cup, Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 in Ciudad Mexico and became the first three-time winner of the Gilles Rime trophy.
August 14 - SFR Yugoslavia and the Vatican resume full diplomatic relations after an 18-year hiatus.
September 12 - Palestinian hijackers blow up three hijacked planes in Jordan six days earlier, after taking off from New York for Europe.
October 16 - In Canada, after kidnappings and attempted murders committed by members of the separatist organization Front z�