What Happened in April 1969

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
  • Apr 1 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
  • Apr 1 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.

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Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 3 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start a policy of "Vietnamization", reducing American involvement
  • Apr 4 Haskell Karp receives the 1st temporary artificial heart, implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute in Houston
  • Apr 5 Massive anti-Vietnam War demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities
  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • Apr 7 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

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Apr 7 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Apr 7 The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
  • Apr 8 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • Apr 8 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
  • Apr 9 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"

  • Apr 13 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 13 Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
  • Apr 14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 14 KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
  • Apr 14 Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
  • Apr 15 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • Apr 17 Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0

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Apr 17 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Apr 17 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • Apr 17 People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • Apr 18 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • Apr 19 Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
  • Apr 20 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
  • Apr 20 Bombs planted by Loyalists members of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46
  • Apr 21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • Apr 22 1st human eye transplant performed

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • Apr 22 Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Westminster, makes a controversial maiden speech in the House of Commons concerning the situation in Northern Ireland
  • Apr 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney

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Apr 23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

  • Apr 23 Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province, China
  • Apr 23 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
  • Apr 23 The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
  • Apr 24 Marshall Lin Biao named Mao's designated successor as the sole Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
  • Apr 24 Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

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Apr 24 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 24 US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • Apr 24 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • Apr 24 Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 25 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
  • Apr 26 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • Apr 26 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman

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Apr 28 Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Apr 28 King Crismson with Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts
  • Apr 28 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill resigns and is replaced later by James Chichester-Clark.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Apr 29 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • Apr 30 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 105

  • Apr 1 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • Apr 1 Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
  • Apr 1 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Apr 1 John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 1 Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • Apr 1 Traci Lin-Tavi, American actress (Ryan's Hope, F/X, Fright Night 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)

Person of interestAjay Devgan

Apr 2 Ajay Devgan, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm), born in New Delhi, Delhi, India

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan
  • Apr 3 David Morland, Canadian golfer (1992 Trafalgar Rookie of Year), born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 3 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Apr 3 Rodney Hampton, American football player, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestMellody Hobson

Apr 3 Mellody Hobson, American businesswoman (Chairman of Dreamworks Animation), born in Chicago, Illinois

Chairman of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson
Chairman of Dreamworks Animation
Mellody Hobson
  • Apr 4 Anthony Tucker, American basketball forward (NY Knicks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 4 Carlos Reyes, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 4 Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 6 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 6 Ari Meyers, American actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 6 Bret Boone, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in El Cajon, California
  • Apr 6 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • Apr 6 Jack Canfora, American playwright

Person of interestPaul Rudd

Apr 6 Paul Rudd, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
  • Apr 7 Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 7 Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Apr 7 Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 7 Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 7 Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 8 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Apr 9 Amy Feng, Tianjin China, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 9 Karl Krikken, cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper)
  • Apr 9 Timothy Young, rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Billy Jacoby, actor (Brad-Silver Spoons, Maggie), born in Flushing, New York
  • Apr 10 Dennis Vial, Canadian NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 10 Wayne Lammle, WLAF kicker/punter (Scotland Claymores), born in Vancouver
  • Apr 10 William Jayne, American actor (Parker Lewis Can't Lose), born in Flushing, New York
  • Apr 10 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • Apr 11 Gavin Briant, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 11 J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser sailor (Olymp-21st-1996)
  • Apr 11 Janeth Arcain, Brazilian basketball forward (Houston Comets), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 11 Jesse Campbell, American football safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Washington, North Carolina
  • Apr 11 Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer and songwriter (Catatonia), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Apr 11 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 12 Michael Jackson, American football wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana
  • Apr 13 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), (d. 2002)
  • Apr 14 Brad Ausmus, catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 14 Brad Pennington, Salem IN, pitcher (California Angels)
  • Apr 14 David Archibald, Chilliwack, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • Apr 14 Mark Macon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • Apr 14 Tim Roberts, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 14 Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
  • Apr 14 Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician
  • Apr 15 Jeromy Burnitz, outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Westminster, California
  • Apr 15 Michael Jones, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams)
  • Apr 15 Phillippi Sparks, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
  • Apr 16 Fernando Vina, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 16 Melinda Rich, Muskegon Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1993)
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Russia, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
  • Apr 18 Princess Sayako of Japan
  • Apr 18 Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
  • Apr 18 Sayako Kuroda, Japanese Imperial Shinto priestess and Supreme Priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine, born in Chiyoda, Tokyo
  • Apr 19 Danelle Marie Folta, Hammond IN, playmate (Apr, 1995)
  • Apr 19 James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
  • Apr 19 Jesse James, American television personality and motorcycle builder
  • Apr 20 Jan van Halst, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Takayuki Kobori, japanese ice hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998), born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Apr 20 Chris Jarvis, English children's TV personality, born in Romford, London
  • Apr 21 Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 21 Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 21 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • Apr 22 Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 22 Craig Logan, Scotland, rock bassist (Bros Front, Bon Jovi-New Jersey)
  • Apr 22 George Williams, Lacrosse WI, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • Apr 22 Roger Jones, NFL center (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 22 Dion Dublin, English footballer
  • Apr 23 Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
  • Apr 23 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
  • Apr 23 Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
  • Apr 23 Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
  • Apr 23 Manoj Bajpayee [Bajpai], Indian actor (Satya, Road), born in Narkatiaganj, Bihar
  • Apr 24 Elias Atmatsidis, Greek football goalkeeper, born in Kozani, Greece
  • Apr 24 Melinda Clarke, American actress (Days of Our Lives), born in Dana Point, California
  • Apr 24 Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress, born in Askim, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Darren Woodson, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 25 Gavin Bruk-Jackson, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
  • Apr 25 Jon Olsen, American 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96)
  • Apr 25 Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 25 Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 sailor (Olympic 15th-1996)
  • Apr 25 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
  • Apr 25 Travis Fryman, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 25 Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
  • Apr 25 Renée Zellweger, American actress (Bridget Jones), born in Katy, Texas
  • Apr 25 Gina Torres, American actress (Firefly, Suits), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 27 Francine McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • Apr 27 Tyrone Rodgers, American football defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Longview, Texas
  • Apr 27 Cory Booker, American politician, 36th Mayor of Newark (2006-13), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 27 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London
  • Apr 27 Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer, born in Lithgow, Australia
  • Apr 28 Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Future South African president F. W. de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • Apr 5 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), dies at 84
  • Apr 5 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • Apr 5 Shelby Storck, American television producer, dies at 52
  • Apr 8 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 8 Denton Cooley, heart transplant patient, recieved 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • Apr 10 Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
  • Apr 11 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Victoria von Battenberg, Queen of Spain as the wife of King Alfonso XIII, dies at 81
  • Apr 18 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor and director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish composer, dies at 37
  • Apr 25 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • Apr 27 René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • Apr 28 Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70