What Happened in April 1991

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 108

  • Apr 1 Dwight Gooden signs $5.15 million 3 year contract with NY Mets
  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 1 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas 72-65
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • Apr 3 "Penn & Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC
  • Apr 3 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
  • Apr 5 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games

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Apr 5 Kitty Kelly publishes a book knocking Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched
  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giant Stad) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher

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Apr 6 Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 month by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Apr 6 145th Grand National: Nigel Hawke aboard Seagram wins
  • Apr 7 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 7 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances

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Apr 7 3rd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 7 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 7 Wrestlemania VII scheduled in LA, actually performed 03/24
  • Apr 8 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 8 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
  • Apr 8 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 10 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • Apr 10 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • Apr 10 A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
  • Apr 11 "Miss Saigon" opens at Broadway Theater NYC
  • Apr 11 NYC's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio & Television"
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 14 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • Apr 14 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 55th Masters Golf Tournament: Ian Woosnam wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 14 Chic Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minn North Stars)
  • Apr 15 "Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • Apr 15 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:11:06 and Wanda Panfil of Poland 1st woman in 2:24:18
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against S Afr
  • Apr 15 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 15 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Apr 15 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week
  • Apr 15 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • Apr 15 Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 16 M Leander & E Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • Apr 16 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike

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Apr 18 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 52nd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Jack Nicklaus
  • Apr 21 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • Apr 21 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • Apr 21 1991 NFL Draft: Russell Maryland from University of Miami first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • Apr 22 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park
  • Apr 22 Intel releases 486SX chip
  • Apr 22 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from Tonight Show
  • Apr 22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens

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Apr 23 Bjorn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after 8 year lay off

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Apr 23 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC
  • Apr 25 Iraq expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • Apr 26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics
  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio

Famous Birthdays


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Apr 4 Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress (Zoey 101), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • Apr 10 Amanda Michalka, American actress/singer
  • Apr 13 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 21 Max Chilton, British racing driver, born in Redhill

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (b.1946)

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Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • Apr 4 Forrest Towns, American hurdler (b. 1914)
  • Apr 5 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (Test avg 48 22, 1st-class avg 65 18), dies
  • Apr 8 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)
  • Apr 9 Maurice Binder, title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • Apr 9 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 10 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Harry & Hendersons), dies of AIDS at 35
  • Apr 10 Natalie Schafer, actress (Gilligan's Island), dies at 90 from cancer
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • Apr 15 Martin Ashe, American actor, dies at 81

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Apr 16 David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 19 Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • Apr 20 Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan's Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • Apr 20 Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74
  • Apr 21 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 23 Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 25 Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • Apr 26 Emily McLaughlin, US actress (Jessie-General Hospital), dies at 61
  • Apr 26 Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Apr 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • Apr 28 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • Apr 28 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91
  • Apr 30 Michael G Hagerty, actor (Overboard), dies at 39