What Happened in April 1977

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

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16th Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • 17th "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • 17th Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • 17th Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 18th "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • 18th 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
  • 18th Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize

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18th Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

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

Film release premierFilm Release

20th "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
  • 21st Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • 21st C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • 21st Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh
  • 22nd Shimon Peres becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Israel
  • 23rd ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • 23rd Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
  • 23rd Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • 23rd Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • 24th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament
  • 25th Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • 25th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 26th Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • 27th Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • 27th HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands
  • 27th 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • 28th Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets
  • 28th Andreas Baader & members of Baader-Meinhoff jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 28th The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
  • 29th British Aerospace forms
  • 30th "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • 30th Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ
  • 30th Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

7th 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

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