April 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
  • Apr 1 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.
  • 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 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material
  • Apr 7 The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
  • Apr 9 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
  • Apr 13 Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Mellody Hobson, American businesswoman (Chairman of Dreamworks Animation), born in Chicago, Illinois

Chairman of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson
Chairman of Dreamworks Animation
Mellody Hobson
  • Apr 6 Jack Canfora, American playwright
  • Apr 14 Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
  • Apr 18 Princess Sayako of Japan
  • Apr 18 Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
  • Apr 21 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • Apr 25 Jon Olsen, US, 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96)
  • Apr 27 Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 27 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina

Weddings in History

  • Apr 11 South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • Apr 5 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • Apr 8 Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • Apr 10 Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
  • Apr 15 Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • Apr 27 René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)