On This Day

What Happened in April 1974

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 1 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

  • 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 England, "Local Government Act 1972" redraws the administrative map and creates six new Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties; Newport and Monmouthshire transferred from England to Wales
  • Apr 2 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

Sports History

Apr 2 England cricket fast bowler Tony Greig takes 8-86 in West Indies' 1st innings in tourists' 26 run 5th Test win in Port-of-Spain; Greig also captures 5-70 in 2nd innings

  • Apr 3 Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris
  • Apr 3 The Super Outbreak: 2nd largest tornado outbreak over 24hr period with 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 US states, killing approximately 315 people and injuring nearly 5,500

Sports History

Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th in Cincinnati, facing Jack Billingham

  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 11/16
  • Apr 6 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, while Yankee Stadium is renovated; beat Cleveland Indians 6-1

Music History

Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England

  • 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, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Music Single

Apr 8 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

Sports History

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"

Historic Event

Apr 10 Golda Meir resigns as Israel's Prime Minister

  • Apr 10 American Boccaccio Association forms
  • Apr 11 WW II war criminal JP Philippa arrested

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 38th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Gary Player wins the 2nd of his 3 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf

  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner 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 '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 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 Buccaneers

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Richard Christy, American heavy metal drummer (Charred Walls of the Damned), and radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
  • Apr 1 Hugo Ibarra, Argentine soccer right back (11 caps; Colón, Boca Juniors), born in El Colorado, Formosa, Argentina
  • Apr 1 Sandra Völker, German swimmer (world record 50m backstroke 28.71 1999; World C'ship gold 4x100m relay 2001), born in Lübeck, Germany
  • Apr 1 Vladimir Beschastnykh, Russian soccer forward (71 caps; Racing Santander, FC Spartak Moscow), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 2 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 2 Tayfun Korkut, Turkish soccer midfielder (42 caps; Fenerbahçe, Real Sociedad) and manager (Hannover 96, FC Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apr 3 Wu Jing, Chinese actor and martial artist (Wolf Warrior), born in Beijing, China
  • Apr 4 O. J. Santiago, American football tight end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada
  • 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 [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 8 Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian American writer (Binti books), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 8 Chris Kyle, American Navy SEAL sniper (160 kills), born in Odessa, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Apr 9 Ben Bordelon, American football tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Mathews, Louisiana
  • Apr 9 Alexander Pichushkin, Russian serial killer (known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac), born in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Apr 10 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer (Olympiakos), born in Giannitsa, Greece
  • Apr 10 Eric Greitens, American former military officer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 10 Helen Jane Long, British pianist and contemporary classical and film score composer (Embers; Vessel of Light), born in Hampshire, England
  • 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, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Apr 11 Anton Glanzelius, Danish actor (My Life as a Dog), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Apr 11 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actress (Battlestar Galactica, 2004-09), born in Donalda, Alberta
  • Apr 11 Zöe Lucker, British television actor, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • Apr 11 Trot Nixon, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1996-2008 (Boston Red Sox, and 2 other teams), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Apr 12 Kabir Khan, Pakistani cricketer, born in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Apr 12 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 12 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 12 Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Marley Shelton, American actress (Sin City), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Sergei Gonchar, Russian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals; Olympic silver 1998), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Apr 13 Darren Turner, British racing car driver, born in Camberley, Surrey
  • Apr 13 Ruben Östlund, Swedish director (The Square), born in Styrsö, Sweden
  • Apr 14 Mike Allen Lambert, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 14 Shawntae Harris, American rapper, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 15 Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
  • Apr 15 Sergei Krivokrasov, Russian NHL right wing, 1992-2002 (Chicago Blackhawks, and 4 other teams; Olympic silver, 1998), born in Angarsk, Soviet Union
  • Apr 15 Danny Pino, American actor (Cold Case), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 15 Douglas Spain, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director, born in Beijing, China
  • Apr 16 Valarie Rae Miller, American actress, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Apr 17 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 17 Marcel Nijenhuis, Dutch soccer player (NEC), born in Heteren, Netherlands

Victoria Beckham

Apr 17 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer and fashion designer (Posh of The Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

  • Apr 17 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Mark Tremonti, American rock guitarist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"; Alter Bridge -"Isolation"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 18 Edgar Wright, British director (A Fistful of Fingers), born in Poole, Dorset, England
  • 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), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 19 Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor (Muay Thai Chaiya), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Apr 20 Ben Holbrook, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • Apr 20 Kevin Sullivan, Canadian athlete, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • Apr 20 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 21 Michael Leonhart, American jazz and session trumpeter (Steely Dan; Yoko Ono; Rufus Wainwright), born in New York City
  • Apr 22 Adam Parfitt, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Apr 22 Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-American heavy metal bassist (System of a Down), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Apr 23 Joey Kent, American football wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Apr 23 Sam Madison, American football cornerback (Super Bowl 2007 NY Giants; 4× Pro Bowl; First Team All-Pro 1999, 2000; Miami Dolphins), born in Thomasville, Georgia
  • Apr 23 Bret Anderson, Canadian football slot back (BC Lions), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 23 Barry Watson, American actor (What About Brian), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Jared Tomich, American football defensive end (New Orleans Saints), born in St. John, Indiana
  • Apr 24 Toine Rorije, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Heerde, Netherlands
  • Apr 24 Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer (Supernatural), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American rock bassist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Apr 24 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • Apr 24 Derek Luke, American actor (Antwone Fisher; 13 Reasons Why), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Apr 25 Brad Hassell, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 25 Libor Procházka, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 25 Tricia Dunn, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Derry, New Hampshire
  • Apr 25 Twan Russell, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Apr 26 Ivana Miličević, Croatian-American actress (Banshee), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Apr 26 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 27 Carlos Fortes, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 27 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 27 Johnny Devine, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 28 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)

Penélope Cruz

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, born in Bolton, England
  • Apr 29 Alana Blahoski, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 29 Anggun [Sasmi], Indonesian-French pop, rock, and world music singer-songwriter (Snow in the Sahara; In Your Mind), television personality, and U.N. global ambassador, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Apr 29 Pascal Cygan, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Lens, France
  • Apr 29 Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player, born in Lauterach, Austria
  • Apr 29 Jasper Wood, Canadian concert violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Apr 30 Cedric Jones, defensive end (NY Giants)
  • Apr 30 Chris Darkins, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Famous Weddings

Sissy Spacek

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

Famous Deaths

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

Georges Pompidou

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

  • Apr 5 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49
  • Apr 5 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (Group of Seven), dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Willem Dudok, Dutch architect (Hilversum Town Hall; Beehive Rotterdam), dies at 89
  • Apr 6 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, dies at 69
  • Apr 6 Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b. 1895)
  • Apr 8 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, dies at 79
  • 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 and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), dies at 68
  • Apr 17 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • Apr 18 Betty Compson, American actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • Apr 18 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright, filmmaker (Topaze; The Baker's Wife), and novelist, dies at 79
  • Apr 18 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion, 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • 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 22 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer & journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • Apr 23 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 86
  • Apr 24 (William) "Bud" Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 25 Pamela Courson, American artist and long-term companion of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • Apr 28 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70

Agnes Moorehead

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