April 1978 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 2 Georges de Mestral's patent for "velvet type fabric" expires, puts "Velcro" in the open market
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sells for $2,000,000 in New York City

Event of Interest

Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 14 David Hare's play "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)

Event of Interest

Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"

  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collapses at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 19 Amanda Sage, American visionary artist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Weddings in History

Danielle Steel

Apr 15 American romance novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds (her third time) William George Toth; divorce in 1981

Divorces in History

Danielle Steel

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales, dies at 94
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • Apr 14 Frank Raymond [F.R.] Leavis, British literary critic (Culture & Environment), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daoud Khan, Afghan politician, murdered at 68
  • Apr 28 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) & Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68