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

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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 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

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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 Simon Peres becomes premier 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 Cin 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, Actor
  • 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, Montclair, New Jersey, American actor (Dr. Lawrence Kutner-House, The Namesake) and civil servant

Actor Kal Penn
Kal Penn
  • 23rd Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer
  • 23rd John Oliver, English comedian (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), born in Birmingham, West Midlands
  • 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 Franciso, 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 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)
  • 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