April 1970 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army

Event of Interest

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

  • Apr 2 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • Apr 2 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • 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 3 Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th attempt
  • Apr 4 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
  • Apr 8 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell to US Supreme Court
  • Apr 11 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
  • Apr 11 San Francisco beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970
  • 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 15 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • Apr 16 70 die in a snow crush (France)

Event of Interest

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 20 Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
  • 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 21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
  • Apr 22 First Earth Day celebrated, founded by Gaylord Nelson
  • Apr 24 Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth
  • Apr 24 People's Republic of China launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • Apr 25 Buddha Records releases Melanie's breakthrough single "Lay Down"
  • Apr 25 Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus Records releases Freda Payne's signature single "Band of Gold"
  • Apr 29 US and South Vietnamese forces launch an incursion into Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War
  • Apr 30 US troops invade Cambodia

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Mix Master Mike [Michael Schwartz], American turntablist, born in San Francisco, California

MacKenzie ScottMacKenzie Scott (53 years old)

Apr 7 American novelist and philanthropist, born in San Francisco, California

  • Apr 18 Saad Hariri, Lebanese-Saudi Prime Minister of Lebanon (2016-present), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Apr 20 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer, born in Quintana, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 30 Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, dies at 72
  • Apr 5 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, Mozambican independence activist, and wife of Mozambique's 1st president Samora Machel, dies at 25
  • Apr 8 Felix, of Bourbon-Parma and Prince consort of Luxemburg, dies at 76
  • Apr 11 John O'Hara, American short story writer and novelist (Appointment at Samarra; Pal Joey; BUtterfield-8), dies of cardiovascular disease at 65
  • Apr 16 Richard Neutra, Austrian-American modernist architect (Kaufmann Desert House - Palm Springs, CA; Moore House - Ojai, CA; Hassrick House - Philadelphia, PA), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Sergei Aleksi [Alexy}, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Swedish pastor, dies at 83
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • Apr 30 Jacob Presser, Dutch historian and writer (Ashes in the Wind), dies at 71