On This Day

Historical Events in April 1970

Music History

Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

  • Apr 1 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)

Historic Event

Apr 1 US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from 1st Jan 1971

  • Apr 1 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • Apr 2 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • Apr 2 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • Apr 3 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th attempt
  • Apr 3 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • Apr 4 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: 15/1 chance Gay Trip wins by 20 lengths, giving Irish jockey Pat Taaffe his second GN winner
  • Apr 5 WSNS TV channel 44 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premieres in NYC

Academy Awards

Apr 7 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy" - Best Picture, John Wayne (True Grit), and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jane Brody) win

  • Apr 7 MLB Milwaukee Brewers (former Seattle Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 8 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell to US Supreme Court

Music History

Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

  • Apr 11 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 11 San Francisco beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970
  • Apr 13 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • Apr 13 Greek composer and counter-revolutionist Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp, and allowed to be exiled to France
  • Apr 13 Apollo 13 announces "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here", as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
  • Apr 13 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener: Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 15 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • Apr 15 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 70 die in a snow crush (France)

Historic Event

Apr 16 Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament)

  • Apr 17 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 19 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 21 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • Apr 21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
  • Apr 21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 22 First Earth Day celebrated, founded by Gaylord Nelson
  • Apr 22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher

Baseball Record

Apr 22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19

  • Apr 22 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
  • Apr 24 People's Republic of China launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • Apr 24 Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth
  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Apr 25 Freda Payne releases "Band of Gold"
  • Apr 25 Melanie (Safka) releases "Lay Down"

Music Premiere

Apr 26 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards

  • Apr 29 US and South Vietnamese forces launch an incursion into Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War
  • Apr 30 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • Apr 30 US troops invade Cambodia