What Happened in April 1988

Historical Events

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

18th Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

Famous Deaths

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