What Happened in April 1971

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • Apr 1 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
  • Apr 2 Dark Shadows, American Gothic supernatural soap opera, concludes an almost 5 year run on ABC
  • Apr 2 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli
  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard 28/1 chance Specify wins a close finish between the leading 5 in the final furlong
  • Apr 3 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • Apr 3 The Temptations score their second US No. 1 with "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)"
  • Apr 4 Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die

Music Premiere

Apr 4 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 524 performances, then most expensive Broadway musical at the time

  • Apr 5 Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
  • Apr 5 Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

Historic Event

Apr 5 Sri Lanka's communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike

  • Apr 5 US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • Apr 5 WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, New Jersey (PBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Apr 6 During a debate at Westminster on Northern Ireland, Harold Wilson of the Labour Party claims that a draft Bill for the imposition of direct rule exists

Sports History

Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's free agency suit against baseball is upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [1]

Historic Event

Apr 7 US President Richard Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

  • Apr 7 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Apr 8 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)

Music Single

Apr 9 Ringo Starr releases single "It Don't Come Easy" in the UK

  • Apr 10 Philadelphia Phillies open their new home, Veterans Stadium, with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Expos; 55,352, largest ever crowd to watch a MLB game in Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • Apr 10 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • Apr 11 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater NYC for 1 performance

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 35th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Charles Coody wins his only major title by 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 11 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Fort Point, San Francisco dedicated as a national historic site
  • Apr 14 US President Richard Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • Apr 15 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Academy Awards

Apr 15 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

  • Apr 17 Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Álvaro Mejía of Colombia wins in 2:18:45; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:08:30 (unsanctioned)

Sports History

Apr 19 After smashing 124 in the 1st innings, Indian cricket opener Sunil Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd innings in the drawn 5th Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Murder of Interest

Apr 19 Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate

  • Apr 19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • Apr 19 USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit

Music Recording

Apr 20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

  • Apr 20 US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
  • Apr 21 Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
  • Apr 22 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 10 launched
  • Apr 22 Soyuz 10 launches as the world's first mission to the first-ever space station (the Salyut 1) however the docking was unsuccessful and the cosmonauts returned to Earth
  • Apr 23 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
  • Apr 24 Skip Redwine and Larry Frank's musical "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater, NYC (1 performance only)
  • Apr 24 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • Apr 25 About 200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters march on Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 25 The Northern Ireland census is held
  • Apr 25 US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs
  • Apr 26 San Francisco lightship replaced by automatic buoy
  • Apr 26 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • Apr 28 Dutch social democratic party/D'66/DS'70 win parliamentary election
  • Apr 28 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. becomes 1st black admiral in US Navy
  • Apr 29 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Baltimore Bullets in 4 games

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Daniel Vacek, Czech tennis player (French Open doubles 1996, 97; US Open doubles 1997), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Apr 1 James Page, American boxer (WBA Welterweight champion 1998-2000), born in Pittsburg, California
  • Apr 1 Jessica Collins [Capogna], actress (Dinah Lee Mayberry-Loving)
  • Apr 1 Lachy Hulme, Australian actor and screenwriter
  • Apr 2 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis player (16 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 6 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (7 Network, 9 Network), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 2 ZEEBRA [Hideyuki Yokoi], Japanese hip hop artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 3 Anthony McClanahan, American football linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 3 Peter Schwab, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Picabo Street, American skier (Olympic gold 1994), born in Triumph, Idaho
  • Apr 3 Quilvio Veras, Major League Baseball second baseman, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Apr 4 Felipe Lira, Venezuelan MLB baseball pitcher, 1995-2001 (Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), born in Santa Teresa, Venezuela
  • Apr 4 Jaime Fernandez, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 John Zandig, American professional wrestler, born in Sewell, New Jersey
  • Apr 4 Yanic Perreault, Canadian ice hockey center (considered one of best faceoff men in NHL history; NHL All Star 2007; LA Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Apr 5 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle, 1995-1999 (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 5 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 6 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • Apr 6 Tom Sorensen, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Apr 7 Guillaume Depardieu, French actor
  • Apr 7 Mark Thompson, Russellville KY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • Apr 7 Stephen Brimacombe, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 7 Victor Kraatz, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • Apr 8 Christophe "Titou" Lamaison, French rugby footballer fly-half, 1996-2004, all-time leading points scorer for France, with 380 points, born in Dax, France
  • Apr 8 Craig Mazin, American scriptwriter and film director (Chernobyl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 8 Marc Peers, Canadian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Apr 9 Anthony Redmon, American NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • Apr 9 Austin Peck, American actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 9 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 9 Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 champion 1997; Indianapolis 500 1995; Indy Car World Series 1995), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • Apr 9 James Hundon, American football wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 9 Peter Canavan, Gaelic footballer, born in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 9 Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Olympics 1988)
  • Apr 10 Joey DeFrancesco, American jazz Hammond organist, 9-time winner of the Down Beat Critics Poll (All Of Me; Reboppin'), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • Apr 10 Karl Williams, American football wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Albion, Michigan
  • Apr 10 Mihai Bagiu, American gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Timisoara Romania

Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel (51 years old)

Apr 11 German musician (Rammstein), born in Schwerin, Germany

  • Apr 11 Vicellous Reon Shannon, American actor (The Hurricane), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 12 Catali Antonini, Italian jazz vocalist, dancer, and composer, born in Corsica, France
  • Apr 12 Fernando Meligeni, Argentine tennis star, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 12 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Apr 12 Nicholas Brendon, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California

Shannen DohertyShannen Doherty (51 years old)

Apr 12 American actress (Little House, Beverly Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Apr 12 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Apr 13 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 13 Cory Yothers, American actor (Off the Rock), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Dina Korzun, Russian actress, born in Smolensk, Russia
  • Apr 13 Valensia, Dutch composer and singer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 14 Antonio London, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Apr 14 Gregory Zaun, American baseball analyst & catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Glendale, California
  • Apr 14 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), born in Ginebra, Colombia (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Peter Gibson, American writer, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 15 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 15 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • Apr 15 Guivi Sissaouri, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1996), born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Apr 15 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • Apr 15 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • Apr 15 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 16 Frederik Nilsson, IHL forward (Team Sweden, KC (IHL)), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 16 Max Beesley, English musician and actor, born in Burnage, Lancashire
  • Apr 16 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor (Heart of Greed), born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 16 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 16 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), born in Lake Jackson, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Apr 17 Claire Sweeney, British stage and screen actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • Apr 17 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 17 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

David TennantDavid Tennant (51 years old)

Apr 18 Scottish actor (Doctor Who; Broadchurch), born in Bathgate, Scotland

  • Apr 18 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 18 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Apr 20 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 20 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • Apr 20 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • Apr 20 John Senden, Australian golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Apr 20 Mikey Welsh, American bass player (Weezer, 1998-2001 - "Island In The Sun"), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2011)
  • Apr 20 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Clemson, South Carolina
  • Apr 20 Tina Cousins, English singer (Mysterious Times), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Apr 20 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 21 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • Apr 21 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • Apr 21 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Apr 21 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 22 Daisuke Enomoto, Japanese people space tourist
  • Apr 22 Eric Mabius, American actor
  • Apr 22 Ingo Rademacher, German FR, actor (Jasper Jacks-General Hospital)
  • Apr 22 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Apr 22 Nicklas Kulti, Swedish tennis star
  • Apr 23 Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades California, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys), born in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Apr 24 Jas Mann, British pop singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Babylon Zoo - "Spaceman"), born in Dudley, Staffordshire, Emgland
  • Apr 24 Jeff Brohm, American football quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 24 Ken Klee, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 24 Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan off-spinner), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Apr 24 Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer, born in Koersel, Belgium
  • Apr 24 Phil Rogers, Australian 100m breaststroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Apr 25 Andrew Grigg, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 25 Brad Clontz, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Stuart, Virginia
  • Apr 25 Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Apr 25 Pablo Helguera, Mexican-born artist (The School of Panamerican Unrest), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Apr 25 Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2011)
  • Apr 26 Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts - "I Melt"), born in Columbus, Ohio

Famous Weddings

Penny Marshall

Apr 10 American actress Penny Marshall (27) marries American actor and director Rob Reiner (24); divorce in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60

Igor StravinskyIgor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Apr 6 Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), dies of pneumonia at 88

  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Will Harridge, American Baseball HOF executive (President American League 1931-59), dies at 87
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • Apr 17 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81

François DuvalierFrançois Duvalier (1907-1971)

Apr 21 Dictator and President of Haiti (1957-71), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 64

  • Apr 23 William V. S. Tubman, Liberian politician (President of Liberia 1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), dies at of heart attack at 63
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70