What Happened in April 1978

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
  • Apr 2 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • Apr 2 Velcro was 1st put on the market
  • Apr 2 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 7-6, 6-4 at Oakland Coliseum Arena

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sells for $2,000,000 in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • Apr 12 Gyorgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 13 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the captial Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 22 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris
  • Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 1 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 2 John Gall, American baseball player, MLB left fielder, born in Stanford, California
  • Apr 3 Matthew Goode, English actor (The Lookout), born in Exeter, Devon, England
  • Apr 3 Tommy Haas, German tennis player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 3 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • Apr 4 Irene Skliva, Greek model (Miss World 1996), born in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 4 Jason Ellison, American baseball player, born in Quincy, California
  • Apr 4 Lemar Obika, English singer and songwriter, born in Tottenham, London
  • Apr 4 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer (Tranmere Rovers), born in Dublin
  • Apr 4 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 4 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer (Dove), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Apr 5 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • Apr 5 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • Apr 6 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • Apr 6 Myleene Klass, British singer
  • Apr 6 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born Bassist (Opeth)
  • Apr 6 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Siobhan Drake-Brockman, Bunbury Aust, tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)
  • Apr 7 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • Apr 8 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 8 Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress
  • Apr 9 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
  • Apr 9 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club)
  • Apr 9 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 10 Jessica Davis, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 27th-96), born in Greenbrae, California
  • Apr 11 Victor Sikora, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Brett Claywell, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Apr 11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Apr 11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician (Gob), born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 12 Eddie Robinson, actor (Neil Atwater-Swan's Crossing)
  • Apr 12 Guy Berryman, Scottish musician (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Apr 12 Riley Smith, American actor, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Apr 13 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 13 Kyle Howard, American actor
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • Apr 14 Paul O'Brien, Australian actor
  • Apr 15 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • Apr 15 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 15 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 16 Lara Dutta, Indian actress, born in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 17 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • Apr 17 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • Apr 19 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympic 8th 1996)
  • Apr 19 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 19 James Franco, American actor (The Disaster Artist), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 19 Amanda Sage, American born visionary artist
  • Apr 20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Apr 21 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)
  • Apr 21 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • Apr 21 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • Apr 21 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • Apr 22 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • Apr 22 Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
  • Apr 23 Gezahegne Abera, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2000, World C'ship gold 2001), born in Etya, Ethiopia
  • Apr 24 Eric Balfour, American actor (What Women Want), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Kim Hyun-ju, South Korean actress, born in Goyang, South Korea
  • Apr 24 Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress (Two Brides and a Baby), born in Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
  • Apr 25 Letícia Birkheuer, Brazilian model
  • Apr 25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Apr 26 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 26 Joe Crede, American baseball player, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Apr 26 Peter Madsen, Danish retired footballer, born in Roskilde, Madsen
  • Apr 26 Stana Katic, Canadian-American actress (Kate Beckett-Castle), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Apr 27 Adamantia Kontogiorgi, Greek actress (Erotas), born in Paris
  • Apr 28 Nate Richert, actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • Apr 29 Mike Bryan, Oxnard California, tennis star (USTA National 18 doubles)
  • Apr 29 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • Apr 22 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
  • Apr 28 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68