What Happened in April 1979

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

Meeting of Interest

Apr 2 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo

  • Apr 3 Belgium's Martens government forms
  • Apr 3 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

Sports History

Apr 6 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox

  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water

Sports History

Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0, becoming with his brother Bob Forsch the only MLB siblings to accomplish the feat

Sports History

Apr 7 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 8 205th & final episode of "All in the Family"; followed by "Archie Bunker's Place" for 4 seasons
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC

Academy Awards

Apr 9 51st Academy Awards: "The Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

  • Apr 10 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian

Victory in Battle

Apr 11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya

  • Apr 12 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek
  • Apr 13 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • Apr 13 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • Apr 14 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year

US Masters Golf

Apr 15 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.

Boston Marathon

Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15

  • Apr 16 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • Apr 17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • Apr 17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • Apr 18 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
  • Apr 18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)

Jimmy Carter Attacked by a Rabbit

Apr 20 President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia

  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Concert

Apr 22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges

  • Apr 23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • Apr 24 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election

Music History

Apr 24 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Music Single

Apr 27 George Harrison releases single "Love Comes to Everyone"

  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer (198 caps; Olympic gold 2004; World C'ship gold 2003), born in Split, Croatia
  • Apr 1 Ruth Beitia, Spanish athlete (Olympic gold women's high jump 2016), born in Santander, Spain
  • Apr 2 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Apr 4 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas

Heath Ledger

Apr 4 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

Natasha Lyonne

Apr 4 Natasha Lyonne, American actress (Orange is the New Black), born in New York City

  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 5 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • Apr 6 Frederick MGDL Windsor, son of English prince Michael
  • Apr 7 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • Apr 8 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut), born in Espoo, Finland (d. 2021)
  • Apr 8 David Petruschin, American drag queen (Raven) and make-up artist, born in Victorville, California
  • Apr 8 Jeremy Guthrie, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2004-17 (Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and 3 other teams), born in Roseburg, Oregon
  • Apr 9 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Keith Nobbs, American actor (Phone Booth), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 9 Keshia Knight Pulliam, American actress (The Cosby Show - "Rudy"; Tyler Perry's House of Payne - "Miranda"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 10 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, born in Olympia, Washington (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Shemekia Copeland, American blues singer (Turn the Heat Up!), born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer ("Read My Lips"), born in London
  • Apr 10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • Apr 11 Chris Gaylor, American drummer (The All-American Rejects), born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Apr 11 Josh Server, American actor (All That), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 11 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Canadian human rights activist, Miss World Canada, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Apr 11 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician (Death From Above), born in Mississauga, Canada

Claire Danes

Apr 12 Claire Danes, American actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Jennifer Morrison, American actress (Once Upon a Time, House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 12 Paul Nicholls, English actor (EastEnders), born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Apr 13 Tony Lundon, Irish pop singer (Liberty X - "Thinking It Over"), TV presenter (Toast), and filmmaker, born in Galway, Ireland
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
  • Apr 14 Randal McCloy, Survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster
  • Apr 14 Rebecca DiPietro, American model, born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts
  • Apr 16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Apr 17 Siddharth Narayan, Indian film actor, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Apr 17 Tram-Anh Tran, American actress (Ghostwriters'), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 18 Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer (England national team World Cup 2010), born in Eye, England
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Apr 18 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer (La vida son sólo dos días), born in Nerja, Spain

Kate Hudson

Apr 19 Kate Hudson, American actress (Almost Famous, You, Me and Dupree), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 21 James McAvoy, Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Daniel Johns

Apr 22 Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair - "Freak"), born in Newcastle, New South Wales

  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • Apr 23 Barry Fratelli [Wallace], Scottish rock bassist (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 23 Jaime King, American model and actress (Bulletproof Monk), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Apr 23 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 23 Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 24 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne, born in Singapore
  • Apr 26 Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer (Aquanaute - "La barricade"; "Dans un océan"), born in Saint-Romuald, Quebec
  • Apr 26 Janne Wirman, Finnish progressive metal keyboardist (Children of Bodom), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Apr 26 Sean Fox, American actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Apr 27 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Apr 28 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor (The Passion of Love), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Apr 29 Jo O'Meara, British pop singer and songwriter (S Club - "Bring It All Back"), born in Romford, England
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer, born in Pohang, South Korea
  • Apr 29 Matt Tong, British rock drummer (Bloc Party; Algiers), born in Bournemouth, England
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver, born in Newtonhill, Scotland
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer

Famous Weddings

Rod Stewart

Apr 6 British singer Rod Stewart (34) weds American model and actress Alana Collins(33); divorce in 1984

Rosanne Cash

Apr 7 American country singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (23) weds American singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28); divorce in 1992

John Candy

Apr 28 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 2 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), dies at 68
  • Apr 4 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 6 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, American composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, Dutch actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • Apr 12 Pernell Charity, American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 58
  • Apr 19 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 64
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 23 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • Apr 24 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Łabuński, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55