On This Day

What Happened in April 1977

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Attempt for Muslim state in Chad fails
  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes to No. 1 & stays atop charts for 31 weeks
  • Apr 2 Montreal Canadiens rout the Washington Capitals, 11-0 at the Montreal Forum to set an NHL record of 34 straight home games without a loss
  • Apr 2 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack wins aboard 9/1 Red Rum; record third GN victory (1973-74); Charlotte Brew first female to ride in the race
  • Apr 3 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • Apr 6 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0
  • Apr 7 Consumer Product Safety Commission bans "TRIS" flame-retardant
  • Apr 7 MLB Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • Apr 7 German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot dead by two Red Army Faction members, starting the "German Autumn"

Historic Event

Apr 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns

  • Apr 9 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years

US Masters Golf

Apr 10 41st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • Apr 11 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • Apr 11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1977)
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

Historic Event

Apr 16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

  • Apr 17 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • Apr 17 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC; runs for 390 performances

  • Apr 18 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33
  • Apr 18 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize

Baseball Event

Apr 18 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

  • Apr 18 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • Apr 20 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses

Film Release

Apr 20 "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1978)

Sports History

Apr 21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6

  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnin's musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 21 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh

Historic Event

Apr 22 Shimon Peres becomes Acting Prime Minister of Israel

  • Apr 23 ADO Den Haag soccer team forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 23 Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
  • Apr 23 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • Apr 23 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • Apr 25 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • Apr 27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • Apr 27 HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • Apr 28 American defense employee Christopher John Boyce convicted for selling secrets to the Soviet Union

Historic Event

Apr 28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany

  • Apr 28 The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed
  • Apr 29 British Aerospace forms
  • Apr 30 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • Apr 30 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion
  • Apr 30 Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April

Historic Event

Apr 30 Human rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo begin protesting at the forced disappearances of thousands, under the military dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla, in Buenos Aires


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Tangela Smith, American basketball forward (WNBA All Star 2006; WNBA C'ship 2007, 09), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Vítor Belfort, Brazilian mixed martial artist (UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament 1997; UFC Light Heavyweight title 2004; Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight title 2007), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Apr 2 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model, born in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
  • Apr 2 Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor (Shame: X-Men), born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • Apr 2 Aiden Turner, Irish actor (The Hobbit-Kili), born in Clondalkin, Dublin
  • Apr 2 Per Elofsson, Swedish cross-country skier (World C'ship gold x 2 2001; 2003; Olympic bronze 10k + 10k classical 2002), born in Röbäck, Sweden
  • Apr 4 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist (Killswitch Engage), born in Westhampton, Massachusetts
  • Apr 4 Stephen Mulhern, English TV presenter, born in Stratford, London
  • Apr 4 Omarr Smith, American football defensive back, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 5 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 6 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • Apr 7 Silvana Arias, Peruvian actress
  • Apr 8 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • Apr 8 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer (Pidgin, Asterisk), born in Alabama

Gerard Way

Apr 9 Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance - "Welcome To The Black Parade"), born in Summit, New Jersey

  • Apr 11 DJ Fresh [Daniel Stein], British musician, DJ and record producer ("Louder"; "Hot Right Now"), born in England
  • Apr 12 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Charguayaco, Ecuador
  • Apr 12 Glenn Rogers, Australian-born Scottish cricketer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 12 Sarah Jane Morris, American actress (Brothers & Sisters), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 12 Jordana Spiro, American actress, born in Manhattan, New York

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Apr 14 Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress (Kendall-All My Children, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in New York City

  • Apr 16 Alek Wek, Sudanese supermodel, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • Apr 16 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsjö, Sweden
  • Apr 17 Pascal de Vries, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Hengelo, Netherlands
  • Apr 17 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 17 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon), born in Hornsby, New South Wales
  • Apr 18 Dan LaCouture, American NHL hockey player, born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Apr 19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Apr 19 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player, born in Higuera de Zaragoza, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Apr 20 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Apr 20 Jon Hugger, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 21 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • Apr 22 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 22 Aaron Fink, American guitarist (Breaking Benjamin)

John Cena

Apr 23 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

  • Apr 23 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player, born in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Apr 23 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada

Kal Penn

Apr 23 Kal Penn, American actor (Dr. Lawrence Kutner-House, The Namesake) and civil servant, born in Montclair, New Jersey

  • Apr 23 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer, born in Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea

John Oliver

Apr 23 John Oliver, English comedian (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), born in Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Apr 24 Ryan Mitchell, Australian breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Port Augusta, Australia
  • Apr 24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer, born in Gomel Region, Belarus
  • Apr 24 Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 24 Eric Balfour, American actor (What Women Want), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 25 Jonathan Angel, American actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 25 Marguerite Moreau, American actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 25 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Apr 25 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician (Above & Beyond)
  • Apr 25 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer ("O, ti m'afora"), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Apr 25 Matthew West, American Christian musician and singer ("Happy"), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Apr 26 Jason Earles, American actor (Kickin' It), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 26 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Apr 26 Tom Welling, American actor (Smallville-Clark Kent), born in Putnam Valley, New York
  • Apr 27 Jerry Trainor, American actor (Drake & Josh, iCarly), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer and manager, born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
  • Apr 29 Rocío Carrasco, Spanish TV host and socialite
  • Apr 30 Pell James, American actress, born in Virginia

Famous Weddings

Donald Trump

Apr 7 American real estate tycoon Donald Trump (30) weds Czech fashion model Ivana Zelníčková (28) (his 1st marriage, her 2nd)at Marble Collegiate Church, NYC; we dding officiated by Norman Vincent Peale; divorce 1992

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German Federal Prosecutor, assassinated by far-leftist militant group Red Army Faction, at 57
  • Apr 7 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Frank Milan, American actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 11 Karen Krantzcke, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1968; Federation Cup 1970), dies of a heart attack whilst jogging at 31
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), dies at 72
  • Apr 21 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, American orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 27 Stanley Adams, AAmerican character actor (Star Trek - "Cyrano Jones"; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Lilies of the Field), commits suicide at 62
  • Apr 28 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor & director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73