April 1978 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 2 Velcro was 1st put on the market
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer
  • Apr 16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
  • Apr 19 Amanda Sage, American born visionary artist
  • Apr 20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Deaths in History

  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16 Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered