What Happened in April 1977

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Attempt for Muslim state in Chad fails
  • Apr 1 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • Apr 2 Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
  • Apr 2 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack aboard Red Rum wins

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Apr 3 6th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Apr 3 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point

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Apr 3 Egyptian Pres Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 3 Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • Apr 6 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0
  • Apr 7 Consumer Product Safety Comn bans "TRIS" flame-retardant
  • Apr 7 Toronto Blues Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • Apr 7 German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • Apr 8 Israeli premier Rabin resigns
  • Apr 9 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 41st Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 10 Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women's International Golf Satellite
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • Apr 11 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

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Apr 16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • Apr 17 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • Apr 17 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Apr 17 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • Apr 18 "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • Apr 18 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33
  • Apr 18 Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize

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Apr 18 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 18 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • Apr 20 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 20 "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Best Picture 1978)

Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter & Director
Woody Allen
Actress Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
  • Apr 21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 21 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh

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Apr 22 Shimon Peres becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Apr 23 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • Apr 23 Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
  • Apr 23 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • Apr 23 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • Apr 24 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament
  • Apr 25 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • Apr 27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • Apr 27 HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • Apr 28 Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets
  • Apr 28 Andreas Baader & members of Baader-Meinhoff jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apr 28 The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
  • Apr 29 British Aerospace forms
  • Apr 30 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • Apr 30 Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ
  • Apr 30 Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 2 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model
  • Apr 2 Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor (Shame, X-Men), born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • Apr 2 Aiden Turner, British actor
  • Apr 3 Veronique De Kock, Miss Universe-Belgium (1996)
  • Apr 4 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist and producer(Killswitch Engage)
  • Apr 4 Stephen Mulhern, British magician, CITV Presenter
  • Apr 4 Omarr Ali Hasan Smith, American Arena Football League defensive back
  • Apr 5 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 5 Sevilay Ozturk, Miss Universe-Turkey (1996)
  • Apr 6 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • Apr 7 Silvana Arias, Peruvian actress
  • Apr 8 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • Apr 8 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
  • Apr 9 Gerard Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • Apr 10 Claudia Delpin, Miss Chile Universe (1997)
  • Apr 12 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Apr 12 Glenn Rogers, Scottish Cricket Player
  • Apr 12 Sarah Jane Morris, American actor
  • Apr 12 Jordana Spiro, American actor

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Apr 14 Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress (Kendall-All My Children, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in New York City

  • Apr 15 Lisa Bell, Rockford Ill, figure skater (1997 Midwestern Sr champ)
  • Apr 16 Alek Wek, Sudanese supermodel
  • Apr 16 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer
  • Apr 17 Pascal de Vries, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Apr 17 Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • Apr 17 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
  • Apr 18 Dan Lacouture, NHL hockey player
  • Apr 19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • Apr 19 Joe Beimel, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player
  • Apr 20 Lisa Ervin, figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992)
  • Apr 20 Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli, professional wrestler
  • Apr 21 Karen Ann Peterson, Miss Aruba Universe (1997)
  • Apr 21 Doseone, American rapper
  • Apr 22 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 22 Aaron Fink, American guitarist (Breaking Benjamin)
  • Apr 23 John Cena, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 23 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player
  • Apr 23 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player

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Apr 23 Kal Penn, American actor (Dr. Lawrence Kutner-House, The Namesake) and civil servant, born in Montclair, New Jersey

Actor Kal Penn
Kal Penn
  • Apr 23 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer

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Apr 23 John Oliver, English comedian (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), born in Birmingham, West Midlands

Comedian John Oliver
John Oliver
  • Apr 24 Ryan Mitchell, Port Augusta SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • Apr 24 Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Apr 25 Jonathan Angel, actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 25 Marguerite Moreau, actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • Apr 25 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer
  • Apr 25 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician
  • Apr 25 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer
  • Apr 25 Matthew West, American Christian singer
  • Apr 26 Jason Earles, American actor
  • Apr 26 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
  • Apr 26 Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
  • Apr 26 Tom Welling, American actor
  • Apr 27 Khalid Zoubaa, French runner
  • Apr 27 Jerry Trainor, American actor
  • Apr 28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer
  • Apr 29 Rocío Carrasco, Spanish TV host and socialite
  • Apr 30 Jeannie Haddaway, American politician
  • Apr 30 Pell James, American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Businessman Donald Trump (30) weds his first wife Czech model Ivana Zelníčková (28) at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 1394 runs), dies
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 8 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • Apr 21 Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 27 Stanley Adams, actor (Lillies of the Field, Thunder Alley), dies at 61
  • Apr 28 Ricardo Cortez, American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73