What Happened in April 1972

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman

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Apr 2 Isreali Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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Apr 2 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Apr 4 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
  • Apr 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • Apr 5 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
  • Apr 6 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • Apr 6 The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault
  • Apr 7 Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins
  • Apr 9 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 9 USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Apr 10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • Apr 10 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • Apr 10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
  • Apr 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • Apr 11 Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC
  • Apr 11 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 14 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland

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Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • Apr 15 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • Apr 15 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • Apr 16 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • Apr 16 Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
  • Apr 16 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • Apr 17 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 18 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Apr 18 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"
  • Apr 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances
  • Apr 19 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19 Hungary revises its constitution to declare itself a socialist state
  • Apr 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 British Prime Ministe rEdward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance
  • Apr 20 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 21 John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
  • Apr 21 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
  • Apr 22 Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on Moon
  • Apr 22 An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact
  • Apr 23 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
  • Apr 23 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
  • Apr 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • Apr 23 The Sunday Times Insight Team publish their account of the events of 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Apr 25 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
  • Apr 27 Apollo 16 returns to Earth
  • Apr 27 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race
  • Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
  • Apr 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 119

  • Apr 1 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 1 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 1 Allen and Albert Hughes, American film directors
  • Apr 1 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • Apr 2 Graham Hood, Winnipeg Manitoba, 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Apr 2 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer
  • Apr 3 Jennie Garth, Champaign Ill, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Apr 3 Sandrine Testud, Lyon France, tennis star (1993 Strasbourg)
  • Apr 4 Chad Eaton, defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 4 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Matt Wagner, Cedar falls IA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 4 Jill Scott, American soul singer
  • Apr 4 Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • Apr 5 Shigemasa Ito, WLAF offensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 5 Krista Allen, American actress
  • Apr 5 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • Apr 5 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • Apr 6 Dickey Simpkins, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Chicago Bulls)
  • Apr 6 Donald Blair, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 6 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 6 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • Apr 7 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Apr 7 Joanne Brown, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olym-bronze-96)
  • Apr 7 Lovett Purnell, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 7 Malcolm Huckaby, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • Apr 7 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • Apr 8 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 8 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 8 Katrina Powell, Canberra Australia, field hockey striker (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 8 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
  • Apr 9 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 9 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 9 Jeffrey van As, soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 9 Karen Clark, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 10 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 10 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 10 Sue Merz, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Apr 11 Avo Avetisyan, WLAF defensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 11 Dietrich Jells, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 11 Kunihiko Sakurai, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Apr 11 Nicole Levesque, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • Apr 11 Ted Johnson, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 11 Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 12 Sebnem Ferah, Turkish singer
  • Apr 12 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player
  • Apr 13 Dave Wohlabaugh, NFL center/guard (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 13 Jeroen Thesseling, pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • Apr 13 Mariusz Czerkawski, Radomsko Pol, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Apr 13 Mike Kennedy, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Apr 13 Aaron Lewis, American singer (Staind)
  • Apr 14 Jason Mallett, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Apr 14 Zev Lumelski, WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 14 Paul Devlin, England-born Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Melvin Johnson, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Apr 15 Peter Billingsley, actor (Real People), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 15 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Apr 15 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 15 Vickie Johnson, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • Apr 15 Lou Romano, American voice actor
  • Apr 16 Conchita Martinez, Monzon Spain, tennis star (1996 final Indian Wells)
  • Apr 16 Jim Ballard, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 16 Mario Bradley, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 17 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 17 Gordon Laro, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 17 Keith Lyle, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • Apr 17 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • Apr 17 Tony Boselli, NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 17 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
  • Apr 17 Gary Bennett, American baseball player

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Apr 17 Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • Apr 17 Claire Sweeney, English actress
  • Apr 18 Jeff Traversy, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Apr 18 Eli Roth, American film director
  • Apr 19 Eric Jack, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 19 Jeff Wilkins, NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Apr 19 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 20 Le Huynh Đuc, Vietnamese footballer

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Apr 20 Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans), born in Sharonville, Ohio

  • Apr 20 Stephen Marley, Jamaican musician
  • Apr 21 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Apr 21 Lori Flick, Miss America-Massachusetts (1997), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 21 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Apr 21 Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • Apr 21 Severina Vučković, Croatian singer
  • Apr 22 Anna Falchi, Tampera Finland, actress (La Dolce Vita '90)
  • Apr 22 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • Apr 22 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Apr 23 Rachel Hetherington, Port Macquarie NSW, golfer (1993 NSW Champ)
  • Apr 23 Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet
  • Apr 23 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
  • Apr 23 Sonya Smith, American actress
  • Apr 24 Chipper Jones, Deland FL, infielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 24 Jamie Brown, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 24 Nicolas Gill, 86kg judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 24 Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 24 Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • Apr 25 Percell Gaskins, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 25 Sara Baras, Spanish ballerina
  • Apr 26 Francisco Cordova, Veracruz Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 25 Comedic actor Bob Denver (37) weds third wife Carole Abrahams

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 3 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, dies at 62

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Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, actor (Mission to Moscow, King Kong) dies at 65
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), dies at 65
  • Apr 26 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)

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Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 27 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered