What Happened in April 1971

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 2 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 3 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • Apr 4 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
  • Apr 4 Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die
  • Apr 5 Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
  • Apr 5 Mount Etna erupts in Sicily
  • Apr 5 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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Apr 6 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claimes that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by

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Apr 7 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • Apr 9 Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 10 US table tennis team arrives in China PR
  • Apr 10 First game played at Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium, Phils win 4-1
  • Apr 10 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • Apr 11 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Fort Point, SF dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 14 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 15 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win
  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)

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Apr 17 People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Apr 18 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st
  • Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
  • Apr 21 Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
  • Apr 22 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 10 launched
  • Apr 23 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • Apr 23 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
  • Apr 24 "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only)
  • Apr 24 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • Apr 25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Apr 25 US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • Apr 26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • Apr 26 SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • Apr 26 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • Apr 28 Dutch social democratic party/D'66/DS'70 win parliamentary election
  • Apr 28 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr becomes 1st black admiral in US Navy
  • Apr 29 Bill Graham closes down Fillmore & Fillmore East
  • Apr 29 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 132

  • Apr 1 Daniel Vacek, Prague Czech, tennis star
  • Apr 1 Ernest Jones, NFL defensive end (Saints, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 1 Jessica Collins, [Capogna], actress (Dinah Lee Mayberry-Loving)
  • Apr 1 Lachy Hulme, Australian actor and screenwriter
  • Apr 1 Shinji Nakano, Japanese race car driver
  • Apr 2 James Ransom, Epee fencer (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Jenny Craig, Miss Georgia USA (1996)
  • Apr 2 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 2 ZEEBRA, Japanese hip hop artist
  • Apr 3 Anthony McClanahan, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Apr 3 Kevin Farkas, WLAF tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 3 Peter Schwab, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Picabo Street, skier (Olympic-gold-94)
  • Apr 3 Quilvio Veras, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Apr 4 Allan Houston, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons)
  • Apr 4 Felipe Lira, Miranda Venezeula, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Apr 4 Jaime Fernandez, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Yanic Perreault, Sherbrooke, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • Apr 4 John Zandig, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 5 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Apr 5 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 5 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 6 Anthony Redmon, guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 6 Tamara Henry, Miss USA-Arkansas (1997)
  • Apr 6 Tom Sorensen, Racine Wisc, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 6 Vivian Y Herding, Miss America-NM (1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Apr 6 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Cara Kendra Bernosky, Miss USA-Pennsylvania (1997)
  • Apr 7 Mark Thompson, Russellville KY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • Apr 7 Stephen Brimacombe, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 7 Victor Kraatz, Berlin Ger, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th)
  • Apr 7 Guillaume Depardieu, French actor
  • Apr 8 Edward Fryatt, Rochdale England, Nike golfer (1994 NCAA West Regional)
  • Apr 8 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Apr 9 Anthony Redmon, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 9 Austin Peck, Hawaii, actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives)
  • Apr 9 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 9 James Hundon, wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 9 Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Oly-1988)
  • Apr 9 Peter Canavan, Gaelic footballer
  • Apr 9 Jacques Villeneuve, French-Canadian race car driver
  • Apr 10 Karl Williams, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Apr 10 Mihai Bagiu, Timisoara Romania, US gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 10 Nana Miyagi, tennis star (1995 final Surabaya doubles), born in Seattle, Washington

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Apr 11 Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein), born in Schwerin, Germany

Musician Oliver Riedel
Musician
Oliver Riedel
  • Apr 11 Vicellous Reon Shannon, American actor
  • Apr 12 Fernando Meligeni, Argentina, tennis star
  • Apr 12 Kent Manderville, Edmonton, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)

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Apr 12 Shannen Doherty, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Apr 12 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Apr 12 Nicholas Brendon, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Charles Outlaw, NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic)
  • Apr 13 Corey Yothers, actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Dina Korzun, Russian actress
  • Apr 13 Bo Outlaw, American basketball player
  • Apr 13 Valensia, Dutch singer
  • Apr 14 Antonio London, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 14 Gregory Zaun, catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Glendale, California
  • Apr 14 Miguel Calero, Ginebra, Colombian footballer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Peter Gibson, American writer
  • Apr 15 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 15 Derek Brown, NFL running back (NO Saints)
  • Apr 15 Guivi Sissaouri, Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Oly-s-96)
  • Apr 15 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • Apr 15 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 15 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 15 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • Apr 16 Selena, Texas, spanish singer (Grammy-1994)
  • Apr 16 Frederik Nilsson, IHL forward (Team Sweden, KC (IHL)), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 16 Natasha Zvereva, Minsk Belarus, tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells)
  • Apr 16 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), born in Lake Jackson, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Trey Maples, Wheat Ridge Colo, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Canadian)
  • Apr 16 Max Beesley, English musician and actor
  • Apr 16 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • Apr 17 David Oliver, Sechelt, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Apr 18 Dan Kordic, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Apr 18 Kerry Lynn Kemper, Miss Nebraska USA (1996)
  • Apr 18 Oleg Petrov, Moscow Russia, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Apr 18 Tamara Braun, American actress
  • Apr 19 Otis Scott, 400m/800m runner, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Apr 20 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 20 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 20 John Senden, Brisbane QLD, Australian golfer
  • Apr 20 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 20 Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back/kick returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 20 Carla Geurts, Dutch swimmer
  • Apr 20 Tina Cousins, English singer
  • Apr 21 Jennifer Reed, Miss USA-Michigan (1997)
  • Apr 21 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Apr 21 Tom Cavallo, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, SF 49ers)
  • Apr 21 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 21 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • Apr 21 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • Apr 22 Ingo Rademacher, German FR, actor (Jasper Jacks-General Hospital)
  • Apr 22 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 22 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Apr 22 Nicklas Kulti, Sweden, tennis star
  • Apr 22 Daisuke Enomoto, Japanese people space tourist
  • Apr 22 Eric Mabius, American actor
  • Apr 23 Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades California, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee, [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65

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Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic-gold-1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (b. 1921)
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, actor (Court Jester, Operation Snafu), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, actor (Front Page Detective), dies at 81
  • Apr 21 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70