What Happened in April 1974

Historical Events

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Apr 1 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Apr 1 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • Apr 1 Yourdon Inc consulting formed by Edward Yourdon
  • Apr 1 In the England the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 46th Academy Awards: "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

  • Apr 2 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

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Apr 2 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Apr 3 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states
  • Apr 3 Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris
  • Apr 3 The Super Outbreak : tornadoes in the east, south & midwest United States killed approximately 315 people, with nearly 5,500 injured

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Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 11/16
  • Apr 6 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, beat Indians 6-1
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 7 Herb Gardner's "Thieves" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 8 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

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Apr 9 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Apr 10 American Boccaccio Association forms
  • Apr 10 Magicians Penn & Teller 1st meet

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Apr 10 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli PM Golda Meir

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Apr 11 WW II war criminal JP Philippa arrested

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 38th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 278

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • Apr 15 Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • Apr 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 17 Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, Washington
  • Apr 17 Muslim fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis, Egypt
  • Apr 18 Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • Apr 20 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run"
  • Apr 20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • Apr 21 28th Tony Awards: River Niger & Raisin win
  • Apr 21 3rd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jo Ann Prentice
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Apr 24 Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers

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Apr 25 Günter Guillaume, an aide to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, is exposed as a Stasi spy (East German secret service)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Apr 25 Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government
  • Apr 25 Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano is overthrown in the Carnation revolution, bringing Portugal's authoritarian Estado Novo (New State) government to an end
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 26 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
  • Apr 26 Malta adopts constitution
  • Apr 26 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw
  • Apr 27 Pan Am 707 crashes into mountains of Bali, killing 107
  • Apr 28 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

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Apr 29 US President Richard Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in the White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 30 US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Richard Christy, American drummer
  • Apr 1 Hugo Benjamín Ibarra, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 1 Sandra Völker, German swimmer
  • Apr 2 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician
  • Apr 4 O J Santiago, tight end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, born in Chittenango, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 5 Rick Terry, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • Apr 5 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • Apr 5 Uhm Tae Woong, South Korean actor
  • Apr 6 Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer
  • Apr 7 Anita Maxwell, WNBA forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Apr 8 Holger Hott Johansen, Norwegian orienteerist
  • Apr 8 Chino XL, American rapper
  • Apr 8 Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Nigerian American writer
  • Apr 8 Chris Kyle, Odessa, Texas, Navy SEAL sniper (160 kills), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 9 Ben Bordelon, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 9 Kevin Mathis, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 9 Sharon Pelletier, Madawaska Maine, Miss America-Maine (1996)
  • Apr 9 Alexander Pichushkin, Russian serial killer
  • Apr 10 Sherry Johnson, Owatonna Minnesota, Miss America-Minnesota (1996)
  • Apr 10 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer
  • Apr 10 Eric Greitens, American former military officer
  • Apr 11 Alex Corretja, tennis star (1990 Orange Bowl boys 16), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Apr 11 Sascha van Wissen, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 11 Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter
  • Apr 11 Anton Glanzelius, Danish actor
  • Apr 11 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actor
  • Apr 11 Zöe Lucker, British television actor
  • Apr 11 Trot Nixon, American baseball player
  • Apr 12 Kabir Khan, cricketer (Pakistani slow left-armer 1994- )
  • Apr 12 Roman Hamrlik, Gottwaldov Cze, NHL defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Apr 12 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 12 Belinda Emmett, Australian actor(d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Marley Shelton, American actor
  • Apr 13 Sergei Gonchar, NHL defenseman (Capitals, Olympic silver 1998), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Apr 13 Darren Turner, British Race Driver
  • Apr 13 Ruben Östlund, Swedish director (The Square), born in Styrsö, Sweden
  • Apr 14 Mike Allen Lambert, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 14 Shawntae Harris, American rapper
  • Apr 15 Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
  • Apr 15 Mike Quinn, quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Apr 15 Sergei Krivokrasov, Angarsk Russia, NHL right wing (Blackhawks, Olympic silver 1998)
  • Apr 15 Danny Pino, American actor
  • Apr 15 Douglas Spain, American actor
  • Apr 15 Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)
  • Apr 16 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah)
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director
  • Apr 16 Valarie Rae Miller, American actress
  • Apr 17 James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 17 Marcel Nijenhuis, soccer player (NEC)

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Apr 17 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Apr 17 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
  • Apr 18 Mark Tremonti, American musician
  • Apr 18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
  • Apr 18 Edgar Wright, British director
  • Apr 18 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 19 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 19 Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor
  • Apr 20 Ben[jamin] Lincoln Holbrook, Hartland Wis, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 20 Kevin Sullivan, Brantford Ontario, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 20 Paul Bradford, cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 21 Brice Hunter, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Apr 22 Adam Parfitt, Victoria BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 22 Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-born bassist (System of a Down)
  • Apr 23 Joey Kent, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Apr 23 Sam Madison, cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
  • Apr 23 Barry Watson, American actor
  • Apr 24 Jared Tomich, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Apr 24 Marc Collins, NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Apr 24 Toine Rorije, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 24 Joseph Bruce, American rapper
  • Apr 24 Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American bassist
  • Apr 24 Dave Vitty, British radio personality
  • Apr 25 Brad Hassell, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 25 Libor Prochazka, hockey defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Apr 25 Tricia Dunn, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 25 Twan Russell, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 26 Ivana Milicevic, Croatian-American actress
  • Apr 26 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Fortes, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Apr 27 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 27 Johnny Devine, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Apr 28 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)

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Apr 28 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

  • Apr 28 Richel Hersisia, Dutch boxer
  • Apr 28 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter
  • Apr 29 Alana Blahoski, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 29 Anggun, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 29 Pascal Cygan, French footballer
  • Apr 29 Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player
  • Apr 29 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist
  • Apr 30 Cedric Jones, defensive end (NY Giants)
  • Apr 30 Chris Darkins, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Famous Weddings

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Apr 12 "Coal Miner's Daughter" actress Sissy Spacek weds art director Jack Fisk

Actress Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 2 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84

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Apr 2 Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Apr 5 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49
  • Apr 5 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (b. 1882)
  • Apr 6 Willem Dudok, Dutch architect (Hilversum Town Hall), dies at 89
  • Apr 6 Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b.1895)
  • Apr 8 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • Apr 10 Patricia Collinge, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Charles Curtis "Curt" Conway, American actor (Raw Deal, The Twilight Zone), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 12 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • Apr 17 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • Apr 18 Betty Compson, actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • Apr 18 Marcel Pagnol, French writer/movie (Topaz), dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Mohammed Ayub Khan, premier/president (Pakistan), dies
  • Apr 20 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, dies at 81
  • Apr 21 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 24 Bud Abbott, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78
  • Apr 28 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70

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Apr 30 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73