Today in History for April 1969

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 63 of 63

1st - Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
1st - Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
1st - The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.
2nd - Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
3rd - Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
4th - Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
5th - Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
7th - Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
7th - Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material
7th - Ted Williams begins managing Wash Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
7th - The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
8th - 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
8th - Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 9th - 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
9th - Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
12th - Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
13th - 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
13th - Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
14th - 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
14th - 41st Academy Awards - "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)
14th - KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
14th - Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
14th - Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
15th - North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
17th - People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
17th - Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
17th - Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
17th - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
17th - The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
18th - Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
19th - Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
20th - 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 20th - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
20th - Bombs planted by Loyalists members of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh
21st - 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46
21st - The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
22nd - 1st human eye transplant performed
22nd - Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
22nd - Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
22nd - Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Westminster, makes a controversial maiden speech in the House of Commons concerning the situation in Northern Ireland
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe FrazierBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier 23rd - ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
23rd - LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points
23rd - Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
23rd - Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
23rd - The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
24th - Gen Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
24th - Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians
24th - Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead
24th - US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
24th - Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
24th - Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 25th - 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
26th - "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
26th - "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
26th - Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
27th - Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
28th - Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France
28th - King Crismson with Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts
28th - Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill resigns and is replaced later by James Chichester-Clark.
28th - 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
29th - "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 perfs
30th - Cin Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
30th - WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

1st - Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
1st - Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
1st - Frank Castillo, El Paso TX, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
1st - John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1st - Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
1st - Traci Lin-Tavi, actress (Ryan's Hope, F/X, Fright Night 2), born in NYC, New York
2nd - Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)
2nd - Ajay Devgan, New Delhi, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm)
Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay DevganActor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan (2nd) 3rd - David Morland, North Bay Ont, golfer (1992 Trafalgar Rookie of Year)
3rd - Reid Hayston Hamilton, NZ, beach volleyball player (Olympics-96)
3rd - Rodney Hampton, NFL running back (NY Giants)
3rd - Mellody Hobson, American businesswoman (Chairman of Dreamworks Animation), born in Chicago, Illinois
4th - Anthony Tucker, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
4th - Carlos Reyes, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
4th - Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
4th - Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
6th - Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
6th - Ari Meyers, San Juan PR, actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie)
6th - Bret Boone, El Cajon CA, infielder (Cin Reds)
6th - Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
6th - Jack Canfora, American playwright
Actor Paul RuddActor Paul Rudd (6th) 6th - Paul Rudd, Passaic, New Jersey, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
7th - Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Denver, Colorado
7th - Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
7th - Peggy Clasen, St Paul Minn, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
7th - Ricky Bones, Salinas Puerto Rico, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks)
7th - Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
8th - Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
9th - Amy Feng, Tianjin China, US table tennis player (Olympics-96)
9th - Karl Krikken, cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper)
9th - Timothy Young, Phila, rower (Olympics-silver-1996)
10th - Billy Jacoby, Flushing NY, actor (Brad-Silver Spoons, Maggie)
10th - Dennis Vial, Sault Ste-Marie Ca, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
10th - Wayne Lammle, WLAF kicker/punter (Scotland Claymores)
10th - William Jayne, actor (Mikey Randall-Parker Lewis Can't Lose)
10th - Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter
11th - Gavin Briant, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
11th - J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser yachter (Olymp-21st-1996)
11th - Janeth Arcain, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
11th - Jesse Campbell, NFL safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
11th - Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer
11th - Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer
12th - Michael Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
13th - Harold Pruett, rocker (Outsiders-Time Won't Let Me)
14th - Brad Ausmus, New Haven CT, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
14th - Brad Pennington, Salem IN, pitcher (California Angels)
14th - David Archibald, Chilliwack, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
14th - Mark Macon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
14th - Tim Roberts, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
14th - Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
14th - Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician
15th - Chris Smith,Nike golfer (1993 BC Open-8th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
15th - Jeromy Burnitz, Westminster CA, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
15th - Michael Jones, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams)
15th - Phillippi Sparks, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
16th - Fernando Vina, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
16th - Melinda Rich, Muskegon Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1993)
17th - [Lee] Alexander McQueen, fashion designer
18th - Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Russia, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
18th - Princess Sayako of Japan
18th - Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
19th - Danelle Marie Folta, Hammond IN, playmate (Apr, 1995)
19th - James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
19th - Jesse James, American television personality and motorcycle builder
20th - John van Halst, soccer player (FC Twente)
20th - Takayuki Kobori, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
20th - Chris Jarvis, children's TV personality
21st - Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
21st - Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
21st - Robin Meade, American reporter
22nd - Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
22nd - Craig Logan, Scotland, rock bassist (Bros Front, Bon Jovi-New Jersey)
22nd - George Williams, Lacrosse WI, catcher (Oakland A's)
22nd - Roger Jones, NFL center (Cin Bengals)
22nd - Dion Dublin, English footballer
23rd - Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
23rd - Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
23rd - Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
23rd - Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
24th - Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer
24th - Melinda Clarke, American actress
24th - Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress
25th - Darren Woodson, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
25th - Gavin Bruk-Jackson, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
25th - Jon Olsen, US, 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96)
25th - Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96)
25th - Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 yachter (Oly-15th-1996)
25th - Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
25th - Travis Fryman, Lexington KY, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
25th - Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
25th - Renée Zellweger, American actress
27th - Brett Steven, Bermuda, NZ tennis player (Olympics-96)
27th - Francine "Frankie" McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Oly-br-96)
27th - Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
27th - Tyrone Rodgers, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
27th - Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
27th - Darcey Bussell, British ballerina
27th - Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer
28th - Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Oly-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
29th - Arthur Marshall, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

11th - South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 18 of 18

2nd - Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
3rd - Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara), dies at 65
5th - Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
5th - Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
5th - Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
5th - Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
8th - Arthur Walter Kramer, composer, dies at 78
8th - Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
10th - Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
11th - Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
15th - Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
18th - Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
23rd - Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
25th - Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
26th - Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
27th - Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
27th - René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
28th - Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70

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