Written By Jason 1979-04-03T00:50:00Z
Okay, it's a cheap entry since it was clearly not written the same day as I was born … but here we go.
In April of 1979:
- April 1 - Iran's government becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, overthrowing Shah officially
- April 1 - 18 - Police lock Andreas Mihavecz in a holding cell in Bregenz, Austria, and forget him there without food or drink.
- April 1- Nickelodeon Television Channel, a children's cartoon channel, launches as The Pinwheel Network.
- April 2 - Sverdlovsk Anthrax leak: A Soviet biowarfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk accidentally releases airborne anthrax spores, killing 66 plus an unknown amount of livestock.
- April 3 - My parents navigate through a snow storm to the hospital in Georgetown, Ontario to bring me into the world
- April 4 - President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
- April 8 - Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom is born.
- April 10 - A tornado hits Wichita Falls, Texas, killing 42 people (the most notable of 26 that hit that day).
- April 11 - Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda; Idi Amin flees.
- April 17 - Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa "almost certainly" took part in the massacre.
- April 23 - Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group results in the death of protestor Blair Peach.