Hans Remembers- Monday August 10, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution overwhelmingly passed in the U.S. House of Representatives 350- to 15 after having been introduced every year since 1923. A similar measure would be approved in the U.S. Senate but the 91st U.S. Congress would expire five months later before both houses could agree on a form to be submitted to the 50 U.S. states for ratification.
- Pioneering basketball player and coach Joe Lapchick- a Basketball Hall of Famer- died at the age of 70.
- Born on this day 1992 Heisman Trophy winner from Miami- Gino Torretta.
- At the overcrowded Manhattan House of Detention aka “The Tombs” five guards were held hostage at daybreak and the 232 prisoners housed on the 9th floor demanded reforms in a meeting with Mayor John Lindsay. The hostages would be released unharmed after a pledge from the city that they would not be prosecuted for the takeover and that overcrowding would be eased by the transfer of inmates to other prisons in the state.
- U.S. envoy to Uruguay Dan Mitrione -50 who was kidnapped on July 31st was shot and killed by his captors hours after a midnight deadline passed.