Historical Events in April 1979

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

Meeting of Interest

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

  • 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.

Sports History

Apr 6 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox

  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water

Sports History

Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0, becoming with his brother Bob Forsch the only MLB siblings to accomplish the feat

Sports History

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

  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 8 205th & final episode of "All in the Family"; followed by "Archie Bunker's Place" for 4 seasons
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC

Academy Awards

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

  • Apr 10 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian

Victory in Battle

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

  • 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

US Masters Golf

Apr 15 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.

Boston Marathon

Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion 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)

Jimmy Carter Attacked by a Rabbit

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

  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Concert

Apr 22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges

  • 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

Music History

Apr 24 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Music Single

Apr 27 George Harrison releases single "Love Comes to Everyone"

  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA