April 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 2 Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Apr 3 Belgium's Martens government forms
  • Apr 3 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • Apr 5 Balt manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper
  • Apr 5 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • Apr 11 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala
  • Apr 12 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek
  • Apr 13 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • Apr 13 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • Apr 14 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • Apr 16 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • Apr 17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • Apr 17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • Apr 18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • Apr 19 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 22 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Apr 23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • Apr 24 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election
  • Apr 25 "Rock 'n Roll High Schools" premieres
  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer
  • Apr 6 Frederick MGDL Windsor, son of English prince Michael
  • Apr 10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • Apr 10 Rachel Corrie, American activist (d. 2003)
  • Apr 14 Randal McCloy, Survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster
  • Apr 24 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • Apr 4 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 7 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)