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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 5th Democratic convention picks Michael Dukakis as their pres candidate
  • 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
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 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)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

17th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 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
Singer
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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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
Musician
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
Actor
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