April 1973 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Japan allows its citizens to own gold
  • Apr 1 OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
  • Apr 2 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • Apr 2 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • Apr 3 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • Apr 4 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
  • Apr 5 Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter
  • Apr 6 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • Apr 6 Indian troops invade Sikkim
  • Apr 6 Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 6 Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.
  • Apr 7 Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420
  • Apr 8 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.
  • Apr 9 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 9 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
  • Apr 10 BEA flight to Basel Switz, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  • Apr 10 KC opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Rangers
  • Apr 10 Pakistan suspends constitution
  • Apr 12 France recognizes North Vietnam
  • Apr 12 Sudan adopts constitution
  • Apr 12 Swaziland suspends constitution
  • Apr 14 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
  • Apr 17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Apr 19 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
  • Apr 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 Mass murderer Ed Kemper attempted to dispose of his mother's vocal chords in a domestic waste disposal unit.
  • Apr 20 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
  • Apr 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 28 Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974)
  • Apr 30 President Nixon announces the resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, et al

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Rachel Maddow, American radio personality and political analyst
  • Apr 4 David Blaine, American illusionist
  • Apr 7 Carole Montillet, French skier
  • Apr 9 Spencer "Spenny" Rice, Canadian Entertainer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Christopher Simmons, American designer
  • Apr 12 J. Scott Campbell, American comic book artist
  • Apr 20 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
  • Apr 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), born in Konstanz, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • Apr 29 David Belle, French physical educator

Weddings in History

  • Apr 18 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 8 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Apr 13 Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
  • Apr 21 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • Apr 23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
  • Apr 30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)