What Happened in April 1973

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold

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Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
  • Apr 2 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 5 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6 Indian troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 6 Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn

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Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Apr 6 US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 6 Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
  • Apr 7 Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420
  • Apr 7 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • Apr 7 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg
  • Apr 8 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.
  • Apr 9 37th Masters Golf Tournament: Tommy Aaron wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 9 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 9 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
  • Apr 10 BEA flight to Basel Switz, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  • Apr 10 KC opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Rangers
  • Apr 10 Pakistan suspends constitution
  • Apr 12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 12 Sudan adopts constitution
  • Apr 12 Swaziland suspends constitution
  • Apr 14 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal

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Apr 15 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Apr 17 77th Boston Marathon: Jon Anderson of United States 1st man in 2:16:03 and Jacqueline Hansen of United States 1st woman in 3:05:59
  • Apr 17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.

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Apr 18 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 19 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 Mass murderer Ed Kemper attempted to dispose of his mother's vocal chords in a domestic waste disposal unit.
  • Apr 20 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
  • Apr 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London
  • Apr 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 27 KC Royal Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Apr 28 Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974)
  • Apr 29 Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 President Nixon announces the resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, et al

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Apr 30 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 30 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 105

  • Apr 1 Ferdy Vierklau, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Apr 1 Stephen Fleming, cricketer (NZ left-handed Test batsman 1994-)
  • Apr 1 Christian Finnegan, American comedian
  • Apr 1 Rachel Maddow, American radio personality and political analyst
  • Apr 3 Greg DeLong, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Apr 3 Jim Campbell, Worchester Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994)
  • Apr 3 Kelly Lochbaum, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Apr 3 Jamie Bamber, English actor
  • Apr 3 Matthew Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • Apr 3 Kelly Price, Queens, NY, R&B vocalist (Friend of Mine)
  • Apr 4 Damon Allen, Winston-Salem NC, figure skater (1997 Midwestern champ)
  • Apr 4 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Ajax)
  • Apr 4 Ryan Coughlin, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 4 Tiffany Woosley, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
  • Apr 4 Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Apr 4 David Blaine, American illusionist
  • Apr 4 Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete
  • Apr 5 Ed Hobbs, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 5 Emile Palmer, WLAF DT (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 5 Estefania Knuth, Barcelona Spain, LPGA golfer (1992 French Intl)
  • Apr 5 Spencer Folau, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Balt Ravens, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 5 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • Apr 5 Yutaka Kawaguchi, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • Apr 5 Élodie Bouchez, French actress

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Apr 5 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Apr 6 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 6 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 6 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • Apr 6 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • Apr 6 Gina Yashere, English comedian
  • Apr 7 Carole Montillet, French skier
  • Apr 7 Ève Salvail, Canadian model
  • Apr 7 Brett Tomko, American baseball player
  • Apr 8 Alex Gonzalez, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 8 Joel Davis, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 8 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 8 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • Apr 9 Spenny Rice, Canadian Entertainer
  • Apr 10 Guillaume Canet, French actor and film director
  • Apr 10 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 10 Aidan Moffat, Scottish musician
  • Apr 10 Christopher Simmons, American designer
  • Apr 11 Blake Brockermeyer, NFL tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 11 Monica Chala, Miss Universe-Ecuador (1996)
  • Apr 11 Reggie Tongue, NFL safety (KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 11 Jennifer Esposito, American television actor
  • Apr 12 Antonio Osuna, Sinaloa Mexico, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 12 Claudia Jordan, Miss USA-Rhode Island (1997, top 10)
  • Apr 12 Pamela Polk, Miss America-Wisconsin (1996), born in Berlin Wisconsin
  • Apr 12 J. Scott Campbell, American comic book artist
  • Apr 13 Aaron Hayden, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Apr 13 Dave Wohlabaugh, corner (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 14 Roberto Ayala, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 14 Adrien Brody, American actor
  • Apr 14 David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo)
  • Apr 15 Jeremy Burkett, NFL/WLAF tight end (NY Giants, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 16 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
  • Apr 17 Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 17 Gene Makowsky, CFL offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Apr 17 Jeff Lewis, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 17 Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark, tennis star
  • Apr 17 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Apr 17 Theo Ratliff, NBA forward/center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Apr 17 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • Apr 18 Derrick Brooks, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Apr 18 Haile Gebrselassie, Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Apr 18 James "Jamie" Koven, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Apr 20 Itula Mili, tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Apr 20 Lamond Murray, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • Apr 20 Todd Hollandsworth, outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 20 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
  • Apr 21 Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 22 Christopher Sanders, tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 22 Scott Fields, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 22 Ofer Talker, Israeli footballer
  • Apr 22 Adem Poric, Australian former footballer
  • Apr 23 Derek Armstrong, NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Patrick Poulin, Vanier, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Apr 24 Eric Snow, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Apr 24 Jamie Brown, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • Apr 24 Mark Babic, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Apr 24 Melissa Short, Kaaawa Hawaii, Miss America (Hawaii-Top 10-1997)

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Apr 24 Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer (prodigy at 16, Indian capt at 23), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Apr 24 Ville Peltonen, hockey forward (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998)
  • Apr 24 Gabby Logan, British television presenter
  • Apr 25 Alek Stojanov, Windsor, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • Apr 25 Barbara Rittner, Krefeld German FR, tennis star (1992 Schenectady)
  • Apr 25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 25 Wes Martin, golfer (1990 Alberta Jr Masters-2nd), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 25 Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin)
  • Apr 26 Damien Munoz, Miss USA-Colorado (1997)
  • Apr 26 Mark Davis, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Apr 26 Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)
  • Apr 26 Chris Perry, English footballer
  • Apr 27 Andre Govan, Culver City California, actor (Monster Squad)
  • Apr 28 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Apr 28 Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 28 Melvin Hayes, NFL tackle (NY Jets, Tennessee Oilers)
  • Apr 28 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • Apr 28 Elisabeth Röhm, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 18 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies
  • Apr 2 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor
  • Apr 5 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, bandleader, dies of cancer at 69

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Apr 8 Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Apr 11 Ted Decorsia, actor (Police Chief Hegedorn-Steve Canyon), dies at 69
  • Apr 13 Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Magda Janssens, Flemish actress (Nederlands in 7 Lessons), dies at 88
  • Apr 14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
  • Apr 20 Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Ursula Jeans, actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon), dies at 66
  • Apr 21 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • Apr 23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • Apr 27 Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • Apr 29 Manfred Gurlitt, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Josie Sedgwick, actress (White Moth), dies of stroke at 75
  • Apr 30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)