On This Day

Historical Events in April 1976

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

Apr 1 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California

  • Apr 1 Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..
  • Apr 1 Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

Television Premiere

Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

  • Apr 2 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • Apr 2 Portuguese constitution assumed

Sports History

Apr 2 Oakland Athletics trade 2 key members from recent World Series C'ship team, sending outfielder Reggie Jackson and pitcher Ken Holtzman to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell

  • Apr 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke wins aboard Rag Trade; equal record 4th winner trained by Fred Rimell and 2nd winner owned by Pierre Raymond Bessone
  • Apr 3 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • Apr 4 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand

Election of Interest

Apr 5 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Theater Premiere

Apr 5 Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land" premieres in London

Music History

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Historic Event

Apr 7 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 9 US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use

Film Release

Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the non-fiction book by journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released

  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 40th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Raymond Floyd wins his only Masters title, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw

Historic Event

Apr 11 The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released

  • Apr 12 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare

Historic Publication

Apr 12 Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf

  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • Apr 13 US Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
  • Apr 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0

Baseball Record

Apr 17 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

Sports History

Apr 17 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

  • Apr 18 30th Tony Awards: "Travesties" & "A Chorus Line" win
  • Apr 19 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10
  • Apr 21 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
  • Apr 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Television Debut

Apr 22 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female US nightly network news anchor (ABC News)

Film & TV History

Apr 22 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

  • Apr 25 Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
  • Apr 25 India all out for 97 v West Indies
  • Apr 25 Portugal adopts new constitution
  • Apr 25 Cub centerfielder Rick Monday rescues US flag from 2 fans trying to set it on fire
  • Apr 26 Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
  • Apr 27 "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Apr 27 Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi
  • Apr 29 Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Apr 30 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1976)
  • Apr 30 The Betsy Ross Bridge, spanning the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pennsauken, New Jersey opens