April 1970 in History

Events in History

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Apr 1 US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from 1st Jan 1971

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 1 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • Apr 2 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • Apr 2 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • Apr 3 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th attempt
  • Apr 3 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • Apr 4 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
  • Apr 7 "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premieres in NYC
  • Apr 8 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
  • Apr 11 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
  • Apr 11 SF beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970
  • Apr 13 Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem!" as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • Apr 13 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener: Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation
  • Apr 15 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • Apr 16 70 die in a snow crush (France)
  • Apr 16 Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament
  • Apr 17 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
  • Apr 19 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
  • Apr 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 20 Ron Hill's 2:10:30 at Boston, sets new US marathon record
  • Apr 21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
  • Apr 21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • Apr 22 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources
  • Apr 22 First Earth Day celebrated, founded by Gaylord Nelson
  • Apr 24 China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • Apr 24 Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth
  • Apr 25 Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
  • Apr 25 Melanie (Safka) releases "Lay Down"
  • Apr 29 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
  • Apr 30 US troops invade Cambodia

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys
  • Apr 9 Mike Barz, American meteorologist and TV anchor
  • Apr 20 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer
  • Apr 30 Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies
  • Apr 8 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • Apr 9 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)
  • Apr 10 Charles Paton, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 Cathy O'Donnell, dies at 66
  • Apr 11 John H O'Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • Apr 16 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • Apr 17 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • Apr 30 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71