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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

CommunicationFounding of Microsoft

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

  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 11th J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

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
  • 15th 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 15th Gabon amends constitution
  • 16th Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • 17th Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 23rd Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Victory in battleThe 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.

  • 29th Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • 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, 800m swimmer (Olympics-6th-92, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 5th John Hartson, Welsh footballer
  • 6th Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper/drummer (Party)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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 [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 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 Vietnam