On This Day

What Happened in April 1970

Historical Events

Music History

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

  • Apr 1 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)

Historic Event

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

  • 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: 15/1 chance Gay Trip wins by 20 lengths, giving Irish jockey Pat Taaffe his second GN winner
  • 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

Academy Awards

Apr 7 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy" - Best Picture, John Wayne (True Grit), and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jane Brody) win

  • Apr 7 MLB Milwaukee Brewers (former Seattle 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 Judge G. Harrold Carswell to US Supreme Court

Music History

Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

  • 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
  • Apr 13 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • Apr 13 Greek composer and counter-revolutionary Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp, and allowed to be exiled to France
  • 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
  • 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)

Historic Event

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 releases his 1st solo album "McCartney"
  • Apr 18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 19 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • 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

Baseball Record

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"

Music Premiere

Apr 26 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards

  • 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

  • Apr 1 Sung Hi Lee, Korean-born model
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2001; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • Apr 2 Deva Premal [Jolantha Fries], German singer known for setting ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras into contemporary new age music, born in Nürnberg, Germany
  • 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 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, 1992-2000), born in Orange, Texas
  • Apr 7 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian classical pianist, born in Karmøy, Norway
  • Apr 8 Derek D. Brown, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 8 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns), born in Booneville, Mississippi
  • 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 9 Josh Todd [Gruber], American musician, singer (Buckcherry), and actor, 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 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Never Too Busy"; "For You"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Mike Mushok, American rock guitarist (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 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Apr 13 Eddie Robinson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 13 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Apr 13 Rick Schroder, American actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 13 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer, born in Coatbridge, Scotland
  • Apr 13 Szilveszter Csollány, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold rings 2000, silver 1996; World C'ship gold rings 2002), born in Sopron, Hungary (d. 2022)
  • Apr 14 Brian Stablein, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 14 Jan Siemerink, Dutch tennis star, born in Rijnsburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 14 Steve Avery, American pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Trenton, Michigan
  • Apr 14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 14 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Apr 15 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles; Super Bowl 1993, 95), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 15 Flex Alexander, American actor
  • Apr 16 Fran Robinson, American actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company), born in California
  • Apr 16 Steve Emtman, American College Football HOF defensive tackle (University of Washington; 1992 NFL Draft Pick #1 Indianapolis Colts), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 16 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 17 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 18 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • Apr 18 François Leroux, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada
  • Apr 18 Heike Friedrich, East German swimmer (world record 200m), born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
  • Apr 18 Peter Giles, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Apr 18 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Apr 18 Greg Eklund, American drummer (Everclear, 1994-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 18 Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • Apr 18 Saad Hariri, Lebanese-Saudi Prime Minister of Lebanon (2016-present), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Apr 19 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 19 Kelly Holmes, British athlete (Olympics gold 800/1,500m 2004), born in Hildenborough, England
  • Apr 20 Shemar Moore, American actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 20 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer, born in Quintana, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 20 Pete Correale, American comedian, writer, and broadcaster, born in Oakdale, Long Island, New York
  • Apr 21 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 21 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly), born in Ballymum
  • Apr 21 Rob Riggle, American comedian and actor (Modern Family; The Daily Show, 2006-08; SNL, 2005-05), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 21 Nicole Sullivan, American actress and comedienne (MADtv, The King of Queens), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 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), born in Acqui Terme, Italy
  • Apr 23 Scott Bairstow, Canadian actor (Lonesome Series: The Dove), born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
  • Apr 23 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 23 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor (Team Medical Dragon), born in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Apr 24 Damien Fleming, Australian cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut), born in Bentley, Perth, Australia
  • Apr 25 Corwin Brown, American NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 26 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American R&B-pop singer (TLC -"Waterfalls"; "No Scrubs"), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Melania Trump

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

  • Apr 26 Shane Evans, American drummer (Collective Soul, 1992-2005 - "Shine"; "The World I Know"), 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 Nicklas Lidstrom, Swedish NHL defenceman who played for 20 seasons (Team Sweden, Detroit Red Wings), born in Krylbo, Sweden
  • Apr 28 Richard Fromberg, Australian, tennis player, born in Ulverstone, Tasmania
  • Apr 28 Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer and manager (Atlético Madrid), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Andre Agassi

Apr 29 Andre Agassi, American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Apr 29 J R Phillips, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in West Covina, California, born in East Covina, California
  • Apr 29 Mark McMillian, American NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs), born in Los Angeles, California

Uma Thurman

Apr 29 Uma Thurman, American actress (Baron Munchausen, Pulp Fiction), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Apr 29 William Martin III, American finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Apr 29 China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 30 Brad Layton, Seymour Ind, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 30 Debbie D, actress (Attack of Vampire Mermaid), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Byron Foulger, American actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, dies at 72
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), 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 HOF power forward (NBA All-Star 1956, 57, 58; NBA Rookie of the Year 1956; Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), dies from a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, Mozambican independence activist, and wife of Mozambique's 1st president Samora Machel, dies at 25
  • 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, American journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1935, 36, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL HR leader 1934; St Louis Cardinals), dies at 66
  • 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 21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • Apr 23 Herb Shriner, American humorist & TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • Apr 24 Otis Spann, American blues pianist and singer (The Blues Never Die!), dies of liver cancer at 40 [or perhaps, 46; birth date disputed]
  • Apr 25 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), dies from a stroke at 55
  • Apr 26 "Gypsy" Rose Lee [Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Swedish pastor, dies at 83
  • 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