What Happened in April 1970

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 1 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases the Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000 Although negotiations were conducted over a period of months, it was not until March 13 when a federal bankruptcy referee declared the Pilots bankrupt

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Apr 1 US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from 1st Jan 1971

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 1 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • Apr 2 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • Apr 2 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • Apr 3 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th attempt
  • Apr 3 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • Apr 4 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins
  • Apr 5 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premieres in NYC

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Apr 7 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy", John Wayne & Maggie Smith win

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
  • Apr 7 Milwaukee Brewers (former Seat Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 8 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court

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Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 11 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 11 SF beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970

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Apr 12 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 13 34th Masters Golf Tournament: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 13 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed
  • Apr 13 Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem!" as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • Apr 13 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener: Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 13 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 15 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • Apr 15 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 70 die in a snow crush (France)
  • Apr 16 Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament
  • Apr 17 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 19 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
  • Apr 19 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • Apr 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 20 Ron Hill's 2:10:30 at Boston, sets new US marathon record
  • Apr 21 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • Apr 21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
  • Apr 21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 22 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources
  • Apr 22 First Earth Day celebrated, founded by Gaylord Nelson
  • Apr 22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
  • Apr 22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • Apr 22 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
  • Apr 24 China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • Apr 24 Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth
  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Apr 25 Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
  • Apr 25 Melanie (Safka) releases "Lay Down"
  • Apr 26 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances
  • Apr 29 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
  • Apr 30 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • Apr 30 US troops invade Cambodia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 118

  • Apr 1 Mark Wheeler, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 1 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Oly-6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 1 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Sung Hi Lee, Korean-born model
  • Apr 2 Jerry Reynolds, NFL guard/tackle (NY Giants)
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, Council Bluffs IA, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Apr 2 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Apr 2 Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress
  • Apr 3 Keith Franklin, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 4 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Apr 4 Jason Stoltenberg, Australia, tennis star
  • Apr 4 Barry Pepper, Canadian actor
  • Apr 4 Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys
  • Apr 5 Erlan Sagymbayev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Apr 5 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 5 Thea Gill, Canadian actress
  • Apr 5 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • Apr 6 Olaf Kolzig, Johannesbourg Saf, NHL goalie (Washington Capitals)
  • Apr 6 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 6 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • Apr 7 Alexander Karpovtsev, Moscow Russia, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Apr 7 Kevin Smith, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 7 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • Apr 8 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 8 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Apr 8 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 9 Chuck Bradley, CFL/WLAF tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 9 Neal Caloia, Torrance California, free pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 9 Olaf Kolzig, Johannesburg SAF, NHL goalie (Team Germany, Washington)
  • Apr 9 Mike Barz, American meteorologist and TV anchor
  • Apr 10 Enrico Ciccone, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 10 J J McCleskey, NFL safety (NO Saints, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 10 Sean Gilbert, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 10 Wesley Barnett, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 10 Matt Barlow, American musician
  • Apr 10 Kenny Lattimore, American singer
  • Apr 10 Mike Mushok, American musician
  • Apr 10 Q-Tip, American musician
  • Apr 11 Delroy Pearson, rock vocalist (Five Star-Between the Lines)
  • Apr 11 Joe Vitiello, infielder (KC Royals), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 11 Sean Bergman, Joliet IL, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Apr 11 Trevor Linden, Medicine Hat, NHL right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders)
  • Apr 11 Johnny Messner, American actor
  • Apr 12 Patrick Brugnoli, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • Apr 12 Nick Hexum, American musician
  • Apr 13 Eddie Robinson, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 13 Monty Brown, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Ramona Reuter, Miss USA-NY (1997)
  • Apr 13 Rick Schroder, SI NY, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling)
  • Apr 13 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Brian Stablein, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 14 Jan Siemerink, Neth, tennis star
  • Apr 14 Steve Avery, Trenton MI, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer
  • Apr 14 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer
  • Apr 15 Darrin Smith, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 15 Flex Alexander, American actor
  • Apr 16 Fran Robinson, California, actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company)
  • Apr 16 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 16 Steve Emtman, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 16 Walt Williams, NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat)
  • Apr 17 Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 17 Redman, American rapper
  • Apr 18 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 18 Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • Apr 18 Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Apr 18 Peter Giles, kayaker (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Antipin, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Apr 18 William Roaf, NFL tackle (NO Saints)
  • Apr 18 Greg Eklund, American musician
  • Apr 18 Rico Brogna, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Luis Miguel, Vera Cruz Mexico, spanish singer
  • Apr 19 Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 19 Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 19 Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • Apr 20 Ben Weir, Rock Island Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Bogey Hills-2nd)
  • Apr 20 Shemar Moore, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 20 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer
  • Apr 21 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (NO Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 21 Stewart Malgunas, Prince George, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Apr 21 Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
  • Apr 21 Rob Riggle, American comedian
  • Apr 21 Nicole Sullivan, American actress
  • Apr 22 Claus Biedermann, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 22 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 22 Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
  • Apr 23 Cristiano Caratti, Italy, tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
  • Apr 23 Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 23 Scott Bairstow, American actor
  • Apr 23 Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
  • Apr 23 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor
  • Apr 24 Damien Fleming, Aust cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut)
  • Apr 24 Emanuela Zardo, Switzerland, tennis star
  • Apr 25 Corwin Brown, NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 25 Steve Tovar, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 25 Tionne Watkins, American singer
  • Apr 26 Melania Trump, Slovenian model
  • Apr 26 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • Apr 27 Mikiko Hagiwara, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Byron Foulger, actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies
  • Apr 8 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • Apr 9 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)
  • Apr 10 Charles Paton, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 Cathy O'Donnell, dies at 66
  • Apr 11 John H O'Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Apr 16 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • Apr 17 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • Apr 23 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • Apr 25 Anita Louise, actress (Gorilla, Anthony Adverse), dies at about 55
  • Apr 26 Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • Apr 27 Arthur Shields, actor (Your Show Time), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 30 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71