Historical Events in April 1971

  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 2 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 3 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • Apr 4 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
  • Apr 4 Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die
  • Apr 5 Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
  • Apr 5 Mount Etna erupts in Sicily
  • Apr 5 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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Apr 6 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claimes that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by

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Apr 7 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • Apr 9 Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 10 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • Apr 10 First game played at Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium, Phils win 4-1
  • Apr 10 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • Apr 11 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Fort Point, SF dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 14 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 15 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)

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Apr 17 People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Apr 18 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st
  • Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit

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Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
  • Apr 21 Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
  • Apr 22 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 10 launched
  • Apr 23 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • Apr 23 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
  • Apr 24 "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only)
  • Apr 24 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • Apr 25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Apr 25 US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • Apr 26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • Apr 26 SF lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • Apr 26 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • Apr 28 Dutch social democratic party/D'66/DS'70 win parliamentary election
  • Apr 28 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr becomes 1st black admiral in US Navy
  • Apr 29 Bill Graham closes down Fillmore & Fillmore East
  • Apr 29 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games