Historical Events in April 1974

Historic Event

Apr 1 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

  • Apr 1 In England, "Local Government Act 1972" redraws the administrative map and creates six new Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties; Newport and Monmouthshire transferred from England to Wales
  • Apr 1 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • Apr 1 Yourdon Inc consulting formed by Edward Yourdon
  • Apr 2 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

Sports History

Apr 2 England cricket fast bowler Tony Greig takes 8-86 in West Indies' 1st innings in tourists' 26 run 5th Test win in Port-of-Spain; Greig also captures 5-70 in 2nd innings

  • Apr 3 Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris
  • Apr 3 The Super Outbreak: 2nd largest tornado outbreak over 24hr period with 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 US states, killing approximately 315 people and injuring nearly 5,500

Sports History

Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th in Cincinnati, facing Jack Billingham

  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai

Music History

Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England

  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 11/16
  • Apr 6 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, while Yankee Stadium is renovated; beat Cleveland Indians 6-1
  • Apr 7 Herb Gardner's "Thieves" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 8 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Music Single

Apr 8 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

Sports History

Apr 9 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"

  • Apr 10 American Boccaccio Association forms

Historic Event

Apr 10 Golda Meir resigns as Israel's Prime Minister

  • Apr 11 WW II war criminal JP Philippa arrested

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 38th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Gary Player wins the 2nd of his 3 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf

  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner in 2:47:11
  • Apr 15 Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
  • Apr 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 17 Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, Washington
  • Apr 17 Muslim fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis, Egypt
  • Apr 18 Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • Apr 20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim

Historic Event

Apr 21 "Julie and Dick In Covent Garden", music and comedy special starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with Carl Reiner, premieres on ABC-TV

Historic Event

Apr 21 "Julie and Dick In Covent Garden", music and comedy special starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with Carl Reiner, premieres on ABC-TV

  • Apr 21 28th Tony Awards: River Niger & Raisin win
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Apr 24 Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Historic Event

Apr 25 Günter Guillaume, an aide to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, is exposed as a Stasi spy (East German secret service)

  • Apr 25 Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 25 Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano is overthrown in the Carnation revolution, bringing Portugal's authoritarian Estado Novo (New State) government to an end
  • Apr 26 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
  • Apr 26 Malta adopts constitution
  • Apr 26 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw
  • Apr 27 Pan Am 707 crashes into mountains of Bali, killing 107

Historic Event

Apr 29 US President Richard Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in the White House

  • Apr 30 US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings