Historical Events in April 1969

  • 1st Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
  • 1st Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
  • 1st The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.

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2nd Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • 3rd Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
  • 4th Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
  • 5th Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
  • 7th Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • 7th Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

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7th Ted Williams begins managing Wash Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 7th The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
  • 8th 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • 8th Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • 9th 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
  • 9th Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • 12th Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • 13th 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
  • 13th Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
  • 14th 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • 14th 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)
  • 14th KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14th Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
  • 14th Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
  • 15th North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • 17th Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
  • 17th Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0

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17th Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 17th The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • 17th People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • 18th Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 19th Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
  • 20th 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
  • 20th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 20th Bombs planted by Loyalists members of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh
  • 21st 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46
  • 21st The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • 22nd 1st human eye transplant performed

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22nd Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 22nd Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • 22nd Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Westminster, makes a controversial maiden speech in the House of Commons concerning the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 23rd ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney

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23rd LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 23rd Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
  • 23rd Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
  • 23rd The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
  • 24th General Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
  • 24th Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

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24th Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 24th US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • 24th Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • 24th Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 25th 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
  • 26th "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • 26th "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • 26th Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
  • 27th Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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28th Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 28th King Crismson with Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts
  • 28th Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill resigns and is replaced later by James Chichester-Clark.
  • 28th 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
  • 29th "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • 30th Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • 30th WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting