What Happened in April 1969

Historical Events

  • 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.

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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

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7th Ted Williams begins managing Wash Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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
  • 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 Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
  • 17th Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0

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17th Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 17th The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • 17th People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • 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
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

22nd Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 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
  • 23rd ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney

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23rd LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 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 General Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
  • 24th Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

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24th Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 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
  • 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

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28th Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 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 performances
  • 30th Cincinnati 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 103

  • 1st Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1st Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
  • 1st Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (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)

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2nd Ajay Devgan, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm), born in New Delhi, Delhi, India

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan
  • 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)

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3rd Mellody Hobson, American businesswoman (Chairman of Dreamworks Animation), born in Chicago, Illinois

Chairman of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson
Chairman of Dreamworks Animation
Mellody Hobson
  • 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 (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 6th Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 6th Jack Canfora, American playwright

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6th Paul Rudd, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
  • 7th Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 7th Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 7th Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 7th Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 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, rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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 sailor (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, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), (d. 2002)
  • 14th Brad Ausmus, catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 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)
  • 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 sailor (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)
  • 29th Paul Adelstein, American actor

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • 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