What Happened in April 1975

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Cambodia President Lon Nol flees for Red Khmer
  • Apr 2 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Apr 3 James Rupers kills his family to inherit
  • Apr 4 130 killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes
  • Apr 4 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
  • Apr 4 USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155

CommunicationFounding of Microsoft

Apr 4 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

  • Apr 5 "Letter for Queen Victoria" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Apr 5 Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins
  • Apr 6 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances
  • Apr 6 "The Rocky Horror Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 6 Bundy victim Denise Oliverson disappears from Grand Junction, Colo
  • Apr 6 Fastest hat trick by a Wash Cap 3 mins 26 secs (Stan Gilbertson)
  • Apr 7 Preliminary meeting in Paris on world economic crisis between oil-exporting, oil-importing, and non-oil Third World countries

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 47th Academy Awards: "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • Apr 8 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball mgr (Cleve, beats NY 5-3)
  • Apr 9 24 OECD members sign an agreement to establish a $25 billion lending facility to provide assistance to industrial nations hurt by high oil prices
  • Apr 10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance
  • Apr 12 Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
  • Apr 12 Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 39th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276

  • Apr 13 Chad military coup by General Odingar
  • Apr 13 Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war
  • Apr 15 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • Apr 15 Gabon amends constitution
  • Apr 16 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • Apr 17 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 19 India launches 1st satellite with help of USSR
  • Apr 20 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win
  • Apr 20 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • Apr 21 79th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:55 and Liane Winter of West Germany 1st woman in 2:42:24 (world record for female)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • Apr 23 Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • Apr 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • Apr 25 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins Portugal's free election
  • Apr 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 25 West German embassy blown up in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 26 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 John Lennon appears on "Tonight" & Ringo Starr on "Smother Brothers"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Apr 28 South-Vietnam Gen Duong Van Minh sworn in as president till April 30
  • Apr 29 Ethiopia nationalizes all land

Victory in battleThe Fall of Saigon

Apr 29 Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.

  • Apr 29 Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • Apr 30 Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Kristine Quance, 100m breaststroke/200m medley (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 1 Magdalena Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)
  • Apr 1 George Bastl, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 1 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • Apr 2 Deedee Magno, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • Apr 2 Adam Rodriguez, American actor
  • Apr 3 Thomas Hamilton, NBA center (Boston Celtics)
  • Apr 3 Mickey Beyer Clausen, Danish entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Apr 3 Aries Spears, American comedian
  • Apr 3 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player
  • Apr 3 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
  • Apr 4 Kisha Ford, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • Apr 4 Delphine Arnault, French businesswoman
  • Apr 4 Thobias Fredriksson, Swedish cross-country skier
  • Apr 4 Pamela Ribon, American author, actress
  • Apr 5 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympics-6th-92, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 5 John Hartson, Welsh footballer
  • Apr 6 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper/drummer (Party)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Zach Braff, American actor (Dr. John Dorian-Scrubs), born in South Orange, New Jersey

Actor Zach Braff
Actor
Zach Braff
  • Apr 7 Beverly Peele, supermodel (Elle)
  • Apr 7 Ronde Barber, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Apr 7 Tiki Barber, running back (NY Giants)
  • Apr 7 Ronnie Belliard, American baseball player
  • Apr 8 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • Apr 9 Robbie Fowler, English footballer
  • Apr 9 David Gordon Green, American filmmaker
  • Apr 10 Eric Den Besten, Bettendorf Iowa, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 10 Floris, Prince of Netherlands
  • Apr 10 Steve Washburn, NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Chris Carrabba, American singer
  • Apr 11 Terry Cousin, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 11 Walid Soliman, Tunisian author
  • Apr 12 Marcie Alberts, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Apr 12 Sofie Rahman, Miss Universe-Hong Kong (1996)
  • Apr 13 Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist
  • Apr 13 Bruce Dyer, English footballer
  • Apr 14 Petra Begerow, Germany, tennis star (1996 quarter Hilton Head)
  • Apr 14 Avner Dorman, Israeli composer
  • Apr 14 Amy Dumas, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 14 Veronika Zemanová, Czech model
  • Apr 14 Anderson Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Apr 15 Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • Apr 16 Nicky Sualua, NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 16 Sean Maher, American actor
  • Apr 16 Nick Pickard, British actor
  • Apr 17 Trifun Zivanovic, Santa Monica, figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ)
  • Apr 17 Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
  • Apr 19 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996)
  • Apr 19 Nazarena Almada, Miss Argentina Universe (1997)
  • Apr 19 Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Apr 19 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer
  • Apr 21 Angela Michelle Hughes, Anderson SC, Miss America-SC (1997)
  • Apr 21 Danyon Joseph Loader, Dunedin NZ, 200m/400m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-96)
  • Apr 22 Brian Manning, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 22 Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 22 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (d. 1999)
  • Apr 22 Carlos Sastre, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 23 Bret Anderson, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
  • Apr 23 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • Apr 24 Justin Boocock, Launceston Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 24 Michael Stewart, NBA center (Sacramento Kings)
  • Apr 24 Sam Doumit, American actress
  • Apr 25 Jacque Jones, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 25 Ruben Gomez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Apr 25 Emily Bergl, English-American actress
  • Apr 25 Chris Lilley, Australian actor, comedian, and writer
  • Apr 26 Jabbar Threats, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 26 Trudi Ferguson, Miss Universe-Jamaica (1996)
  • Apr 26 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
  • Apr 26 Nerina Pallot, British singer
  • Apr 27 Andre Gower, actor (Baby Makes 5, Fathers & Sons, Mr President)
  • Apr 27 Kenny Harris, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 27 Michael Booker, cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 27 Rabih Abdullah, former National Football League player
  • Apr 27 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player
  • Apr 28 James Thrash, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 28 Martin Lewis, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 29 John Macready, gymnast (Olympics-5th-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Béres Zoo, Hungarian radio DJ
  • Apr 29 Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 30 Beverley Peele, model [or Apr 7]
  • Apr 30 Johnny Galecki, American actor (Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory), born in Bree Belgium
  • Apr 30 Elliott Sadler, American race car driver
  • Apr 30 Mike Chat, American actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 2 Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch

Actress Jane Curtin
Actress
Jane Curtin

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish draftsman/glass painter, dies at 95
  • Apr 3 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Sons & Lovers, Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
  • Apr 5 Inez Courtney, dies at 67
  • Apr 5 Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), dies at 87

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 10 Marjorie Main, actress (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Sophia JW "Sophie" Hermse, actress (But a Dream), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Walker Evans, US photographer (Fortune Magazine), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68
  • Apr 13 Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • Apr 13 N'garta Tombalbaye, president Chad, dies
  • Apr 14 Fredric March, American actor (Inherit the Wind), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • Apr 15 Charles Marshall, dies
  • Apr 15 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
  • Apr 15 Richard Conte, actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (b. 1888)
  • Apr 18 Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet), chansonnier/director, dies at 38
  • Apr 21 Jack Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Mary Philips, actress (Farewell to Arms), dies at 75
  • Apr 23 R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
  • Apr 23 William Hartnell, actor (Dr Who), dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • Apr 24 William Hartnell, actor (Jackpot, This Sporting Life), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Nicholas Soussanin, actor (Last Command), dies at 86
  • Apr 28 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • Apr 29 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29 Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29 William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam