What Happened in April 1978

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
  • Apr 2 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • Apr 2 Velcro was 1st put on the market

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

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Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 13 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the captial Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 16 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 22 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris
  • Apr 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 1 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 2 John Gall, American baseball player
  • Apr 3 Matthew Goode, English actor
  • Apr 3 Tommy Haas, German tennis player
  • Apr 3 John Smit, South African rugby player
  • Apr 4 Irene Skliva, Athens Greece, Miss World (1996)
  • Apr 4 Jason Ellison, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Lemar, English R'n'B singer
  • Apr 4 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer
  • Apr 4 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer
  • Apr 4 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer
  • Apr 5 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • Apr 5 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • Apr 6 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • Apr 6 Myleene Klass, British singer
  • Apr 6 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born Bassist (Opeth)
  • Apr 6 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Siobhan Drake-Brockman, Bunbury Aust, tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)
  • Apr 7 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • Apr 8 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 8 Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress
  • Apr 9 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
  • Apr 9 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club)
  • Apr 9 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 10 Jessica Davis, Greenbrae California, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-27th-96)
  • Apr 11 Victor Sikora, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 11 Brett Claywell, American actor
  • Apr 11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Apr 11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician
  • Apr 12 Eddie Robinson, actor (Neil Atwater-Swan's Crossing)
  • Apr 12 Guy Berryman, British musician
  • Apr 12 Riley Smith, American actor, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Apr 13 Grace Murray Tubbs, Miss Montana Teen USA (1996)
  • Apr 13 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 13 Kyle Howard, American actor
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American Idol finalist
  • Apr 14 Paul O'Brien, Australian actor
  • Apr 15 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • Apr 15 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
  • Apr 16 Lara Dutta, Indian actress
  • Apr 17 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • Apr 17 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • Apr 19 Adrienne Parker, Miss Tennessee Teen USA (1996)
  • Apr 19 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-96)
  • Apr 19 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 19 James Franco, American actor
  • Apr 19 Amanda Sage, American born visionary artist
  • Apr 20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol
  • Apr 21 Aimee Delatte, Miss Arkansas Teen USA (1996)
  • Apr 21 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • Apr 21 Melissa Coish, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA (1996)
  • Apr 21 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • Apr 21 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • Apr 21 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • Apr 22 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • Apr 22 Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
  • Apr 24 Eric Balfour, American actor
  • Apr 24 Kim Hyun-ju, Korean actress
  • Apr 24 Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress
  • Apr 25 Letícia Birkheuer, Brazilian model
  • Apr 25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Apr 26 Avant, American singer
  • Apr 26 Joe Crede, American baseball player
  • Apr 26 Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
  • Apr 26 Stana Katic, Canadian-American actress (Kate Beckett-Castle), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Apr 27 Adamantia Kontogiorgi, Greek actress
  • Apr 28 Nate Richert, actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • Apr 29 Mike Bryan, Oxnard California, tennis star (USTA National 18 doubles)
  • Apr 29 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader and composer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Reinoud Anders, Dutch actor (Unrest of Grave), dies at 65
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16 Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • Apr 22 Will Geer, actor (Grandpa Walton-Waltons), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered