Hans Remembers- Wednesday August 12, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- On this day- the independent United States Post Office was created. The existing United States Post Office Department- was set to be phased out- as POTUS Richard Milhous Nixon signed into law the postal reform bill. The effective date- July 1, 1971.
- Blues singer Janis Joplin gave what would turn out to be her final concert at Harvard University Stadium to an audience of 35,000. She was six weeks away from joining the “27 Club.”
- Yet another plane crash- China Airlines Flight 206 crashed approaching Taipei- killing fourteen people.
- West Germany and The Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact that relinquished further claims of former German territories of Pomerania, Brandenburg, Silesia, Danzig and East Prussia were ceded to Poland, with the exception of the portion of East Prussia ceded to the Soviet Union. West Germany did not agree to recognition of East Germany as a separate nation.
- Judge Irving Ben Cooper rules against Curt Flood in his antitrust suit. Cooper says “Decisions of the Supreme Court are not lightly overruled… We find no general or widespread disregard of the extremely important position the player occupies… Clearly the preponderance of credible proof does not favor elimination of the reserve clause.” However the judge says changes in the reserve cause should be made through negotiation, but denies Flood damages. Flood will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.