What Happened in April 1975

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 11th JP Parise 11 sec OT goal-Isles 1st playoff advance eliminates Rangers
  • 12th Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
  • 12th Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 13th 39th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276
  • 13th Chad military coup by General Odingar
  • 13th Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war
  • 13th Penguins 5-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 1-0 lead
  • 15th 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 15th Gabon amends constitution
  • 15th Penguins 3-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 2-0 lead
  • 16th Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • 17th Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)
  • 17th Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead

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18th John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 19th India launches 1st satellite with help of USSR
  • 20th 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win
  • 20th 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • 20th Penguins 1-Isles 3-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-1 lead
  • 21st 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)

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

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 22nd Penguins 2-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-2 lead
  • 23rd Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • 24th Penguins 1-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-series tied at 3-3
  • 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 25th 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • 25th Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins Portugal's free election
  • 25th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 25th West German embassy blown up in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 26th Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal
  • 26th Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3

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

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

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

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 28th South-Vietnam Gen Duong Van Minh sworn in as president till April 30
  • 29th Ethiopia nationalizes all land
  • 29th Flyers 4-Isles 0-Semifinals-Flyers hold 1-0 lead

Person-of-interestThe Fall of Saigon

29th 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.

  • 30th Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin

Famous Deaths

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

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6th Chiang Kai-shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, dies at 87

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