Historical Events in April 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Apr 17 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • Apr 17 People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • Apr 18 Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • Apr 19 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
  • Apr 20 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
  • Apr 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 20 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
  • Apr 21 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
  • Apr 21 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
  • Apr 22 1st human eye transplant performed

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • Apr 22 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
  • Apr 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney

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Apr 23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Apr 23 Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
  • Apr 23 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
  • Apr 23 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
  • Apr 24 Marshall Lin Biao named Mao's designated successor as the sole Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
  • Apr 24 Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

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Apr 24 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
  • Apr 24 US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • Apr 24 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • Apr 24 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
  • Apr 25 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
  • Apr 26 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • Apr 26 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
  • Apr 27 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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Apr 28 Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France

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