What Happened in April 1979

Historical Events

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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 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.
  • Apr 5 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper
  • Apr 5 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water
  • Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 8 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"
  • Apr 8 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • Apr 10 J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 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
  • Apr 15 43rd Masters Golf Tournament: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Apr 22 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 22 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 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
  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Apr 29 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer
  • Apr 2 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Apr 4 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas

Person of interestHeath Ledger

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

  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 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 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • Apr 8 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
  • Apr 8 David Petruschin, American drag queen (Raven) and make-up artist, born in Victorville, California
  • Apr 9 Keshia Knight Pulliam, actress (Rudy-Crosby), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 9 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • Apr 9 Keith Nobbs, American actor
  • Apr 10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • Apr 10 Shemekia Copeland, American singer (Turn the Heat Up!), born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 10 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, born in Olympia, Washington (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer (Read My Lips), born in London
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Canadian human rights activist, Miss World Canada, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Apr 11 Chris Gaylor, American drummer (The All-American Rejects), born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 11 Josh Server, American actor (All That), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician (Death from Above), born in Mississauga, Canada

Person of interestClaire Danes

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

Actress Claire Danes
Actress
Claire Danes
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Paul Nicholls, English actor (EastEnders), born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Apr 12 Jennifer Morrison, American actress (Once Upon a Time, House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player
  • Apr 14 Randal McCloy, Survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer
  • Apr 14 Rebecca DiPietro, American model
  • 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 Tram-Anh Tran, actress (Ghostwriters')
  • Apr 17 Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • Apr 18 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer
  • Apr 18 Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestKate Hudson

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

Actress Kate Hudson
Actress
Kate Hudson
  • Apr 21 James McAvoy, Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer

Person of interestDaniel Johns

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

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • Apr 23 Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
  • Apr 23 Yana Gupta, Indian actress & model
  • Apr 23 Jaime King, American actress
  • Apr 23 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
  • Apr 24 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne, born in Singapore
  • Apr 26 Sean Fox, actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
  • Apr 26 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • Apr 26 Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • Apr 27 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania
  • Apr 28 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer
  • Apr 29 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
  • Apr 29 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 2 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • 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, US 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, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • 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 24 John Carroll [Julian LaFaye], American actor (Flying Tigers, Go West), dies from leukaemia at 72
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72