What Happened in April 1970

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 1 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from 1st Jan 1971

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 1 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • Apr 2 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • Apr 2 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • Apr 3 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th attempt
  • Apr 3 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • Apr 4 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins
  • Apr 5 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premieres in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 7 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy", John Wayne & Maggie Smith win

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
  • Apr 7 Milwaukee Brewers (former Seat Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 8 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 11 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 11 San Francisco beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 13 34th Masters Golf Tournament: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 13 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed
  • Apr 13 Apollo 13 announces "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here", as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • Apr 13 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener: Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 13 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 15 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • Apr 15 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 70 die in a snow crush (France)
  • Apr 16 Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament
  • Apr 17 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 19 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
  • Apr 19 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • Apr 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 20 Ron Hill's 2:10:30 at Boston, sets new US marathon record
  • Apr 21 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • Apr 21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
  • Apr 21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 22 First Earth Day celebrated, founded by Gaylord Nelson
  • Apr 22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
  • Apr 22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • Apr 22 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
  • Apr 24 People's Republic of China launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • Apr 24 Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth
  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Apr 25 Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
  • Apr 25 Melanie (Safka) releases "Lay Down"
  • Apr 26 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 690 performances
  • Apr 29 US and South Vietnamese forces launch an incursion into Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War
  • Apr 30 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • Apr 30 US troops invade Cambodia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • Apr 1 Mark Wheeler, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 1 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Olympic 6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 1 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Sung Hi Lee, Korean-born model
  • Apr 2 Jerry Reynolds, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (NY Giants), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Apr 2 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • Apr 3 Keith Franklin, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 4 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Jason Stoltenberg, Australian tennis star, born in Narrabri, Australia
  • Apr 4 Barry Pepper, Canadian actor (The Kennedys), born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 4 Mix Master Mike [Michael Schwartz], American turntablist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 5 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 5 Thea Gill, Canadian actress
  • Apr 5 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • Apr 6 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 6 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Apr 6 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • Apr 7 Alexander Karpovtsev, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 7 Kevin Smith, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 7 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • Apr 8 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 8 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Apr 8 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 9 Chuck Bradley, American NFL offensive tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Apr 9 Neal Caloia, American marksman (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Apr 9 Mike Barz [Michael Barszcz], American meteorologist and TV anchor (WFOX-TV, WJAX-TV), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Enrico Ciccone, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 10 J. J. McCleskey, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Apr 10 Sean Gilbert, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Wesley "Wes" Barnett, American Olympic weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 10 Matt Barlow, American musician (Ashes of Ares, Iced Earth, Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Apr 10 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Mike Mushok, American musician (Staind, Newsted, Saint Asonia), born in Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Apr 10 Q-Tip [Kamaal Fareed, born Jonathan Davis], American rapper, actor, record producer and DJ, born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 11 Delroy Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star-Between the Lines), born in Islington, London
  • Apr 11 Joe Vitiello, infielder (KC Royals), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 11 Sean Bergman, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 11 Johnny Messner, American actor (Tears of the Sun), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Apr 12 Patrick Brugnoli, Italian ice hockey forward (Team Italy 1998), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • Apr 12 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Apr 13 Eddie Robinson, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 13 Monty Brown, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Ramona Reuter, Miss USA-NY (1997)
  • Apr 13 Rick Schroder, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 13 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Brian Stablein, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 14 Jan Siemerink, Neth, tennis star
  • Apr 14 Steve Avery, Trenton MI, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer
  • Apr 14 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer
  • Apr 15 Darrin Smith, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 15 Flex Alexander, American actor
  • Apr 16 Fran Robinson, California, actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company)
  • Apr 16 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 16 Steve Emtman, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 16 Walt Williams, NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat)
  • Apr 17 Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 17 Redman, American rapper
  • Apr 18 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 18 Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • Apr 18 Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Apr 18 Peter Giles, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Apr 18 William Roaf, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • Apr 18 Greg Eklund, American musician
  • Apr 18 Rico Brogna, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Saad Hariri, Lebanese-Saudi Prime Minister of Lebanon (2016-present), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Apr 19 Luis Miguel, Vera Cruz Mexico, spanish singer
  • Apr 19 Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 19 Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 19 Kelly Holmes, British athlete (Olympics gold 800/1,500m 2004), born in Hildenborough, England
  • Apr 20 Shemar Moore, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 20 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer, born in Quintana, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 21 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 21 Stewart Malgunas, Prince George, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Apr 21 Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
  • Apr 21 Rob Riggle, American comedian
  • Apr 21 Nicole Sullivan, American actress
  • Apr 22 Claus Biedermann, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 22 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 22 Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
  • Apr 23 Cristiano Caratti, Italian tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
  • Apr 23 Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 23 Scott Bairstow, American actor
  • Apr 23 Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
  • Apr 23 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor
  • Apr 24 Damien Fleming, Australian cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut), born in Bentley, Perth, Australia
  • Apr 24 Emanuela Zardo, Swiss tennis star
  • Apr 25 Corwin Brown, NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 25 Steve Tovar, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 25 Tionne Watkins, American singer

Person of interestMelania Trump

Apr 26 Melania Trump [née Knauss], Slovenian-American model, wife of President Donald Trump and current First Lady of the United States, born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • Apr 26 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
  • Apr 26 Shane Evans, American musician (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Apr 27 Mikiko Hagiwara, Japanese basketball player, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • Apr 27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 28 Jason Belser, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Byron Foulger, American actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies
  • Apr 8 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • Apr 9 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish-American artist and chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company during the 1930s (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi, Pinocchio), dies at 73
  • Apr 10 Charles Paton, British actor (Freedom of the Seas), dies of a heart attack at 96
  • Apr 11 Cathy O'Donnell [Ann Steely], American film noir actress (Miniver Story, Man from Laramie), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 46
  • Apr 11 John H O'Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Apr 16 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • Apr 17 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • Apr 23 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • Apr 25 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), dies from a stroke at 55
  • Apr 26 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • Apr 27 Arthur Shields, Irish actor (River, Enchanted Island), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 30 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71