What Happened in April 1988

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • Apr 2 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • Apr 3 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards)
  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • Apr 4 Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 7 Gerrit John Heijns murderer, arrested
  • Apr 7 Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 9 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Brendan Powell aboard Rhyme 'n' Reason wins
  • Apr 10 52nd Masters Golf Tournament: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 10 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Leonard Part 6 wins
  • Apr 10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 11 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • Apr 12 Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 17 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:43 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:24:30

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 20 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 24 Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • Apr 24 1988 NFL Draft: Aundray Bruce from University of Auburn first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
  • Apr 28 "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 30 Baltimore Orioles win record 14th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • Apr 30 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec
  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Courtney McCool, American gymnast
  • Apr 1 Brook Lopez, American basketball player
  • Apr 1 Robin Lopez, American basketball player
  • Apr 3 Tim Krul, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 3 Peter Hartley, English footballer
  • Apr 4 Frank Fielding, English footballer
  • Apr 6 Mike Bailey, English actor
  • Apr 6 Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 10 Haley Joel Osment, actor ("Sixth Sense"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 13 Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 21 Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 21 Robbie Amell, Canadian actor (Tomorrow People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
  • Apr 24 Michael Tylo, son of US actor/actress Michael Tylo/Deborah Hunter
  • Apr 25 James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 25 Sara Paxton, American actress ( Darcy's Wild Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Younha, Korean pop singer
  • Apr 30 Molloko, SD Zoo, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 24 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • Apr 29 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds Mike Nichols
  • Apr 29 Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson marry

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Actor Tom Hanks (31) weds actress Rita Wilson (31)

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jim Jordan, actor (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • Apr 1 Marius W Holtrop, economist/president (Netherlands Bank), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor/director (Juggler), dies
  • Apr 7 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Brook Benton, singer (Just a Matter of Time), dies at 56 of meningitis
  • Apr 9 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 11 Jeff Donnell, actor (Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack
  • Apr 12 Alan Stewart Paton, writer, dies
  • Apr 14 Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Johan Franco, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • Apr 15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in WI cricket history), dies
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch 2nd chamber member (soc-dem), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 22 Irene Rich, US actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 24 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • Apr 25 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • Apr 25 Clifford D[onald] Simak, sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 27 David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • Apr 28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 29 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • Apr 29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61