On This Day

April 1967 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 1st British ombudsman Sir Edward Compton begins work
  • Apr 1 The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
  • Apr 3 113 East Europeans attending World Amateur hockey championships in Vienna, ask for political asylum
  • Apr 4 Amsterdam Marines chase "Nozems" or rebellious youth out of Central Station
  • Apr 4 Dutch De Young government forms
  • Apr 5 ATS II launched but fails to reach orbit

Historic Event

Apr 6 Premier Georges Pompidou forms new French government

  • Apr 7 Israeli Syrian border fights
  • Apr 7 Tom Donahue, San Francisco DJ begins new radio format - Progressive (KMPX-FM)
  • Apr 9 1st Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight

Election of Interest

Apr 11 Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress and reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Historic Event

Apr 14 General Gnassingbé Eyadéma becomes President of Togo

  • Apr 17 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • Apr 17 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
  • Apr 18 Jonathan Frid makes his 1st appearance as 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins on TV's "Dark Shadows", show becomes a huge hit
  • Apr 19 Yugoslav author Mihaljo Mihaljov sentenced 4½ years
  • Apr 20 French author Régis Debray caught in Bolivia
  • Apr 20 US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
  • Apr 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 20 A Globe Air Bristol Britannia turboprop crashes at Nicosia, Cyprus, killing 126.
  • Apr 21 Evangelical Broadcasting begins in Netherlands
  • Apr 21 Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier
  • Apr 21 Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Allilueva arrives in New York City after defecting to the US
  • Apr 22 Martial Law goes into effect in Greece
  • Apr 23 Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty

Historic Event

Apr 24 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

  • Apr 25 Abortion legalized in Colorado
  • Apr 25 Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland
  • Apr 25 Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 26 San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)
  • Apr 27 Expo 67 opens in Montreal, Canada, featuring a giant Biosphere designed by Buckminster Fuller
  • Apr 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Agreement of Interest

Apr 28 The Douglas Aircraft Company behind schedule with deliveries of the DC-8 and DC-9 and close to bankruptcy agrees to merge with the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation to form McDonnell Douglas

Ostankino Tower

Apr 30 Ostankino Tower, the then highest free-standing structure in the world at 540m is finished in Moscow, Russia


Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Gary Gait, Canadian lacrosse player
  • Apr 9 Alex Kahn, American visual and performance artist and co-founder of the arts ensemble Processional Arts Workshop
  • Apr 11 Stefan Johnstown, Norwegian speed walker (world record 20 km)
  • Apr 17 Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic politician, Head of the Pirate Party, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Apr 19 Steven H. Silver, American sci-fi editor, born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Willem-Alexander

Apr 27 Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands (2013-present), born in Utrecht, Netherlands


Weddings in History

Rupert Murdoch

Apr 28 Media proprietor Rupert Murdoch (36) weds journalist Anna Torv (22)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • Apr 11 Donald Sangster, Jamaican prime-minister (b. 1911)
  • Apr 13 Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1956-63), dies at 44
  • Apr 16 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, dies at 86
  • Apr 21 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer, dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voshkod I, Soyuz 1) and the 1st human to die in a space flight, dies in Soyuz 1 at 40