On This Day

April 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Attempt for Muslim state in Chad fails

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Apr 3 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Apr 3 Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 7 Consumer Product Safety Comn bans "TRIS" flame-retardant
  • Apr 7 German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.

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Apr 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Apr 9 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years
  • Apr 11 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license

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Apr 16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • Apr 17 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Apr 18 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize
  • Apr 18 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • Apr 20 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses
  • Apr 21 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh

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Apr 22 Shimon Peres becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Apr 23 Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
  • Apr 23 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • Apr 27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • Apr 27 HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • Apr 28 Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets
  • Apr 28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apr 28 The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
  • Apr 29 British Aerospace forms
  • Apr 30 Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 8 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • Apr 8 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
  • Apr 24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer, born in Gomel Region, Belarus
  • Apr 28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 30 Jeannie Haddaway, American politician

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 7 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
  • Apr 21 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84