Historical Events in April 1975

  • Apr 1 Cambodia President Lon Nol flees for Red Khmer
  • Apr 2 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

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Apr 3 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Apr 3 James Rupers kills his family to inherit
  • Apr 4 130 killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes
  • Apr 4 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
  • Apr 4 USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155

CommunicationFounding of Microsoft

Apr 4 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

  • Apr 5 "Letter for Queen Victoria" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Apr 5 Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins
  • Apr 6 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances
  • Apr 6 "The Rocky Horror Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 6 Bundy victim Denise Oliverson disappears from Grand Junction, Colo
  • Apr 6 Fastest hat trick by a Wash Cap 3 mins 26 secs (Stan Gilbertson)
  • Apr 7 Preliminary meeting in Paris on world economic crisis between oil-exporting, oil-importing, and non-oil Third World countries

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 47th Academy Awards: "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • Apr 8 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball mgr (Cleve, beats NY 5-3)
  • Apr 9 24 OECD members sign an agreement to establish a $25 billion lending facility to provide assistance to industrial nations hurt by high oil prices
  • Apr 10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

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Apr 11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance
  • Apr 12 Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
  • Apr 12 Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 39th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276

  • Apr 13 Chad military coup by General Odingar
  • Apr 13 Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war
  • Apr 15 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • Apr 15 Gabon amends constitution
  • Apr 16 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
  • Apr 17 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)

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Apr 18 John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 19 India launches 1st satellite with help of USSR
  • Apr 20 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win
  • Apr 20 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • Apr 21 79th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:55 and Liane Winter of West Germany 1st woman in 2:42:24 (world record for female)

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Apr 21 Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • Apr 23 Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • Apr 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 25 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • Apr 25 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins Portugal's free election
  • Apr 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 25 West German embassy blown up in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 26 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Apr 28 John Lennon appears on "Tonight" & Ringo Starr on "Smother Brothers"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Apr 28 South-Vietnam Gen Duong Van Minh sworn in as president till April 30
  • Apr 29 Ethiopia nationalizes all land

Victory in battleThe Fall of Saigon

Apr 29 Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.

  • Apr 29 Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • Apr 30 Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders