On This Day

What Happened on April 4, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Person of interestHeath Ledger

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

  • Natasha Lyonne, American actress (Orange is the New Black), born in New York City
  • Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Deaths

  • Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51