What Happened in April 1993

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London
  • Apr 2 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
  • Apr 2 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
  • Apr 4 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats OH State 84-82
  • Apr 4 5th Seniors Golf Tradition: Tom Shaw
  • Apr 4 Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament

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Apr 4 Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 5 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Michigan 77-71
  • Apr 5 73,293 see Yankees beat Indians 9-1
  • Apr 5 Colorado Rockies 1st game - lose to NY Mets 3-0
  • Apr 5 Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Apr 5 Florida Marlins 1st game - beat LA Dodgers 6-3
  • Apr 5 Republican Guard kills 64 in Chad
  • Apr 6 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
  • Apr 6 Florida Marlins 1st lost ever (4-2 to LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 7 Dante Bichette hits the 1st Colo Rockie HR (Shea Stadium NY)
  • Apr 8 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit HRs in same inn (vs Yanks)
  • Apr 8 STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Apr 9 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • Apr 10 BPAA US Open by Del Ballard Jr
  • Apr 10 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • Apr 10 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 57th Masters Golf Tournament: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 277

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Apr 11 Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec)
  • Apr 11 Kirsan Ilumzjinov installed as president of Kalmukkie
  • Apr 11 450 prisoners riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continue for ten days, citing grievances about prison conditions and the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis)
  • Apr 13 "3 Men on a Horse" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 40 performances

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Apr 13 Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard

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Apr 16 Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 17 Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights
  • Apr 17 STS-56 (Discovery) lands
  • Apr 18 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Apr 18 54th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Tom Wargo

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Apr 18 David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • Apr 18 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • Apr 19 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:33 and Olga Markova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:27
  • Apr 19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • Apr 19 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
  • Apr 19 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.
  • Apr 20 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
  • Apr 21 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 30 performances
  • Apr 21 Brazil votes against a monarchy
  • Apr 22 "Who's Tommy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 899 performances
  • Apr 22 Candid Camera creator Allen Funt suffers a stroke at 78
  • Apr 22 Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Washington D.C.
  • Apr 22 Seattle Mariner Chris Basio no-hits Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 22 The web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.
  • Apr 23 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 23 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 24 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by George Branham
  • Apr 25 "Blood Brothers" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances

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Apr 25 Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 25 1993 NFL Draft: Drew Bledsoe from Washington State first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 26 "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 266 performances
  • Apr 26 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56

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Apr 26 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Apr 26 STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Apr 27 Afghan Antonov AN-32 crashes at Tashqurgan, kills 76
  • Apr 28 "Tango Passion" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 28 Carlo Ciampi forms Italian government with ex-communists
  • Apr 28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die

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Apr 28 NY Islanders beat Wash Caps 4 to 1 in playoffs, Caps Dale Hunter attacks Pierre Turgeon after scoring, in hockey's worst cheap shot

NHL Star Pierre Turgeon
NHL Star
Pierre Turgeon
  • Apr 30 The World Wide Web is born at CERN.
  • Apr 30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Dakoda Dowd, American golfer
  • Apr 8 Trent Sullivan, Australian Actor
  • Apr 14 Vivien Cardone, an American actress
  • Apr 14 Graham Phillips (actor), American actor
  • Apr 15 Madeleine Martin, American television actress
  • Apr 16 Mirai Nagasu, American Figure Skater
  • Apr 29 Aurelia Clasina Lucia Wildeboer, daughter of Pieter & Mirtle

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 1 Stephane Powers weds Patrick de la Chenais
  • Apr 17 "The Bangles" lead singer Susanna Hoffs (34) weds "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach (35)
  • Apr 18 Beirut-hostage Terry Anderson marries Madeleine Bassil
  • Apr 21 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman weds Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria
  • Apr 24 ABC news analyst Jeff Greenfield weds Karen Gannett

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 22 Tennis star Bjorn Borg divorces Loredana Berte

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Apr 23 Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, dies in plane crash at 38
  • Apr 1 Ihsan Mohamed Salem, [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed
  • Apr 1 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies
  • Apr 1 Wayne Mack, sportscaster/actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 2 Eugenie Leontovitch, actress (4 Sons, Homicidal), dies at 93
  • Apr 2 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • Apr 3 Alexander Mnouchkine, French movie producer (Professional), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Dieter Plage, German wildlife filmmaker, dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Pinky Lee, kiddie host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of heart attack at 85
  • Apr 4 Alfred Mosher Butts, US architect/game maker (Scrabble), dies at 93
  • Apr 4 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • Apr 6 Divya Bharati, "Baby Doll" Indian Bollywood actress (Diwana), dies at 19 by mysteriously falling from her husband's apartment
  • Apr 6 Hedi Amira Nouira, PM of Tunisia (1970-80), dies
  • Apr 7 Max Croiset, Dutch actor/dramatist/director (Zeekant), dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Richard Schmiechen, dies of AIDS at 45
  • Apr 7 S C (Billy) Griffith, cricketer (England 1948-49, MCC sect), dies
  • Apr 8 Arleen Whelan, dies of stroke at 78
  • Apr 8 H Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies
  • Apr 8 Marian Anderson, US contralto (My Lord, What a Morning), dies at 96
  • Apr 9 Wouter Perquin, journalist/Dutch MP (KVP), dies at 74
  • Apr 10 Chris Hani, sec-gen South Africian Communist Party, assassinated at 50
  • Apr 11 Mohammed el-Himi, brigade-general of Egyptian police, murdered
  • Apr 11 Rachmon Nabiyev, President of Tadzjikistan (1973..92), dies at 63
  • Apr 12 Isaac Rojas, vp of Argentina (1955-58), dies
  • Apr 12 Patience Jarvis, dies of melanoma at 56
  • Apr 13 Barry Karas, dies of leukemia at 49
  • Apr 13 Henny Budie, Dutch director/producer (Sterrenslag), dies
  • Apr 13 Max Tripels, Dutch attorney/MP, dies at 72
  • Apr 14 Jo Boer, Dutch painter/writer/author (Heir, dies at 85
  • Apr 14 Sam Ntombani, ANC-secretary in Soweto South-Africa, shot to death
  • Apr 15 George Ives, dies at 111
  • Apr 15 H H "Bull" Alexander, cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies
  • Apr 15 Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
  • Apr 15 William Bakewell, dies of leukemia at 84
  • Apr 15 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), dies at 84
  • Apr 16 John P W Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Turgut Özal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76
  • Apr 18 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)
  • Apr 18 Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor and printmaker dies of cancer aged 62
  • Apr 19 David Koresh, [Vernon Howell], cult leader (Davidians), suicide
  • Apr 19 George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash
  • Apr 20 Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81
  • Apr 21 Hal Schumacher, baseball pitcher, dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Andries Treurnicht, founder South African Conservative Party, dies at 72

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Apr 22 Cesar Chavez, US farm worker (United Farm Workers), dies at 66

Farm Labor Leader Cesar Chavez
Farm Labor Leader
Cesar Chavez
  • Apr 22 Mark Koenig, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees), dies at 88
  • Apr 23 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59
  • Apr 24 Oliver R Tambo, chairman (African National Congress), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Rosita Moreno, actress (Walls of Gold), dies of heart attack at 85
  • Apr 27 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer (Tie Exil im Exil), dies at 90
  • Apr 28 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • Apr 29 Cy Howard, director (Lovers & Other Strangers), dies at 77
  • Apr 29 Michael Gordon, actor/director (Pillow Talk), dies at 83
  • Apr 29 Mick Ronson, English guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies at 46
  • Apr 30 David Waymer, NFLer (Saints, 49'ers, Raiders), dies at 34
  • Apr 30 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Apr 30 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)