April 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • 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 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

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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 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • Apr 9 Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
  • 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 14 Fort Point, SF dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
  • Apr 18 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st
  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Jenny Craig, Miss Georgia USA (1996)
  • Apr 2 ZEEBRA, Japanese hip hop artist
  • Apr 14 Peter Gibson, American writer
  • Apr 16 Frederik Nilsson, IHL forward (Team Sweden, KC (IHL)), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Kerry Lynn Kemper, Miss Nebraska USA (1996)
  • Apr 21 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • Apr 21 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • Apr 22 Daisuke Enomoto, Japanese people space tourist
  • Apr 24 Phil Rogers, Adelaide SA Aust, 100m breaststroker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • Apr 30 John Boyne, Irish novelist
  • Apr 30 Darren Emerson, English DJ (Underworld)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee, [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (b. 1921)
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 21 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70