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Chronology 1970-1979

1959-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999 2000-Today

 

1970
Jan. 17 John Hadl completes 18 of 26 passes for 224 yards and 1 touchdown and leads the West to a 26-3 victory over the East in the final AFL All-Star game before 30,170 persons in the Houston Astrodome.
July 15 The Chargers open training camp at the University of California at Irvine.
Sept. 27 Smoke and ashes from a huge fire in San Diego's east county darken the skies over San Diego Stadium as John Hadl hurls touchdowns of 65 yards to Jeff Queen and 37 yards to Lance Alworth in the final 5:18 of play, giving the Chargers a 27-27 tie with Oakland.
Dec. 30 Sid Gillman returns as head coach and Charlie Waller becomes offense coach in staff reorganization announced by President Gene Klein.

 

1971
Feb. 13 Harland Svare named general manager.
May 19 The Chargers trade wide receiver Lance Alworth to Dallas for tight end Pettis Norman, tackle Tony Liscio and defensive tackle Ron East.
July 10 Summer training camp opens at UC Irvine.
Nov. 15 Dennis Partee's 45-yard field goal at the gun lifts the Chargers to a 20-17, Monday Night victory over St. Louis.
Nov. 22 After a 34-33 loss at Oakland, leaving San Diego with a 4-6 record, coach Sid Gillman resigns and is replaced on an interim basis by general manager Harland Svare.
Dec. 19 Svare is named head coach in a locker room press conference following a season-ending, 49-33 loss at Houston.

 

1972
Jan. 18 John Hadl is named National Football League "Man of the Year" in balloting for top citizen-athlete of 1971; a $25,000 scholarship fund in Hadl's name will benefit San Diego students.
March 28 Former Chargers great Lance Alworth is inducted into San Diego Hall of Fame at the Balboa Park Hall of Champions.
July 12 The Chargers report to Irvine training camp in Irvine.
Sept. 5 The Chargers trade defensive tackle George Wright to Cleveland for a 1973 fifth-round draft choice, climaxing a 221-day period in which general manager-coach Harland Svare consummates 21 trades, an NFL record.
Dec. 3 The Chargers outgain Oakland 440 yards to 298 and Mike Garrett rushes for 145 yards in 28 carries but lose 21-19 before a record San Diego Stadium crowd of 54,611.

 

1973
Jan. 22 The Chargers obtain future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas from Baltimore.
Jan. 25 In the second stage of the Unitas acquisition, the Chargers trade quarterback John Hadl to Los Angeles for defensive end Lander McCoy Bacon and running back Bob Thomas.
July 11 The Chargers begin training camp at UC Irvine.
Sept. 30 Unitas' 30-yard pass to Mike Garrett against Cincinnati in San Diego makes Unitas the first quarterback to pass for more than 40,000 yards.
Nov. 5 Harland Svare remains as general manager after resigning as head coach; Ron Waller appointed interim head coach.

 

1974
Jan. 8 Tommy Prothro is named the fifth head coach of the Chargers by President Gene Klein.
Jan. 29 Prothro's first significant trade sends Walt Sweeney, 32-year-old former all-pro guard who played in 154 consecutive games for the Chargers, to Washington for a draft choice.
July 3 The Chargers open training camp at a new base, U.S. International University, nine miles north of San Diego Stadium.
Sept. 29 Rookie Don Woods, claimed on waivers 12 days before from Green Bay, rushes for 157 yards in 18 carries and scores on a 56-yard run, but defending Super Bowl VIII champion Miami scores 21 points in the final 11 minutes for a 28-21 victory.
Dec. 15 Don Woods rushes for 105 yards to set a team and NFL rookie one-season record of 1,162 yards; the Chargers 17-0 victory over Denver represents their first shutout in 105 games.

 

1975
Jan. 2 Don Woods is named NFL rookie of the year.
Feb. 6 John Sanders is named assistant to the President.
March 10 Former Chargers tackle Ron Mix is inducted into San Diego Hall of Fame.
June 17 Paul "Tank" Younger is named assistant general manager.
July 8 The Chargers open training camp at USIU.
Oct. 12 Tom Dempsey's 27-yard field goal after 9:27 of overtime gives Los Angeles a 13-10 victory over the Chargers.
Dec. 7 The Chargers end an 11-game losing streak by defeating Kansas City 28-20.

 

1976
Feb. 16 John Sanders is named general manager following Jan. 20 resignation of Harland Svare.
July 5 The Chargers make the University of California at San Diego the sixth summer training base in club history.
Aug. 8 San Diego defeats New England 27-17 in Norman, Oklahoma, the beginning of a 15-day odyssey.
Aug. 15 A crowd of 38,000 watches the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium.
Aug. 21 The Chargers complete their international trip with a 17-16 loss to San Francisco in Honolulu.
Sept. 28 The Chargers explode for 27 points in the second quarter and demolish St. Louis 43-24 for a 3-0 start, their best since 1968.
Oct. 17 The Chargers invite many of their former players to an alumni weekend in San Diego and celebrate the occasion with a 30-27 victory over Houston; the late Frank Buncom, Bob Laraba, Emil Karas and Jacque MacKinnon are made honorary members of the new Chargers' Hall of Fame.

 

1977
July 15 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
Oct. 30 Rolf Benirschke's point after touchdown with time elapsed, after James Harris's five-yard touchdown run on fourth down, gives Chargers 14-13 win at Miami.
Nov. 13 Lance Alworth, who starred for the Chargers from 1962-70, becomes the first member of Chargers' Hall of Fame at halftime of Chargers game with Denver.
Nov. 20 With quarterbacks James Harris and Bill Munson sidelined with injuries and with Dan Fouts not having reported, the Chargers beat defending Super Bowl XI champion Oakland 12-7 behind rookie quarterback Cliff Olander before 50,887 in San Diego Stadium.

 

1978
Jan. 23 Lance Alworth becomes the first player from the American Football League to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, during halftime of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Tampa.
July 12 The Chargers training camp begins at UCSD.
Sept. 25 Don Coryell is named the sixth head coach of the Chargers by President Gene Klein after Tommy Prothro resigns.
Oct. 8 The Chargers control the ball for 45 minutes, 17 seconds, and defeat Denver 23-0 for Coryell's first victory.
Nov. 5 Ron Mix is inducted into the Chargers' Hall of Fame at halftime of the Cincinnati game.
Nov. 12 Dan Fouts' 14-yard pass to John Jefferson with no time remaining gives the Chargers a 29-23 victory in overtime over Kansas City.

 

1979
Jan. 29 Ron Mix becomes the second AFL player and second Charger to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, during halftime of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.
May 3 The Chargers trade their 20th and 47th picks in the NFL draft for Cleveland's 13th choice, with which San Diego chooses tight end Kellen Winslow, University of Missouri.
July 16 Training camp opens at UCSD.
Oct. 21 Quarterback Dan Fouts' 326 yards passing in 40-16 victory at Los Angeles ties NFL record for consecutive 300-yard passing games.
Oct. 25 Fouts sets an NFL record with his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game, throwing for 303 yards at Oakland.
Nov. 18 Running back Paul Lowe is inducted into the Chargers' Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies of the Pittsburgh game.
Dec. 11 The Chargers clinch their first playoff berth in 14 years, scoring all points in the first half of a 35-0 victory at New Orleans.
Dec. 17 The Chargers defeat Denver 17-7 for their first division title since 1965 before 51,910 in San Diego Stadium and a national Monday Night Football television audience.