What Happened in April 1994

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 111

  • Apr 1 Bob Feller Statue on Indians Plaza dedicated
  • Apr 2 1st exhibition game played at Jacobs Field, Pirates beat Indians, 6-4
  • Apr 3 13th NCAA Women Basketball Championship: NC beats Louisiana Tech 60-59
  • Apr 3 1st roster of Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) announced

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Apr 3 6th Seniors Golf Tradition: Ray Floyd

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 4 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
  • Apr 4 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ark Razorbacks beats Duke 76-72
  • Apr 4 Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on opening
  • Apr 4 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed

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Apr 4 LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Apr 4 Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706
  • Apr 4 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
  • Apr 4 Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery
  • Apr 4 Day vs Mets starter Dwight Gooden
  • Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden NYC for 347 performances
  • Apr 5 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • Apr 6 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out
  • Apr 6 Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into Marla Maples' home
  • Apr 6 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • Apr 6 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • Apr 6 Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

MurderAssassination

Apr 6 Rwandan Genocide begins with the assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira with their plane being shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations. Those responsible have never been identified.

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 1st night game at Cleveland's Jacobs Field, Indians 6 Seattle 2
  • Apr 7 NY Yankees beat Texas Rangers 18-6
  • Apr 7 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 7 Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazis killing Jews) for 1st time
  • Apr 8 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
  • Apr 8 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
  • Apr 8 Japans premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • Apr 8 Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
  • Apr 9 BPAA US Open by Justin Hromek
  • Apr 9 STS-59 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • Apr 9 147th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard Miinnehoma wins
  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 10 58th Masters Golf Tournament: Jose M Olazabal wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 12 Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
  • Apr 13 Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
  • Apr 13 Target date for Israeli complete withdrawal, doesn't occur
  • Apr 13 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India

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Apr 14 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer

  • Apr 14 NJ Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points
  • Apr 14 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
  • Apr 14 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
  • Apr 15 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1
  • Apr 15 WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired
  • Apr 16 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
  • Apr 17 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 17 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins
  • Apr 17 Aruba government of Oduber falls
  • Apr 17 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • Apr 18 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • Apr 18 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:15 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:21:45
  • Apr 18 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994
  • Apr 18 Brian Lara scores 375 for WI vs England to beat Sobers' record
  • Apr 18 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day (world record)
  • Apr 18 Former President Nixon suffered a stroke & dies 4 days later
  • Apr 18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • Apr 18 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands [approx]
  • Apr 19 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • Apr 19 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election

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Apr 19 Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation for his police beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 19 Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
  • Apr 20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • Apr 20 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
  • Apr 20 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
  • Apr 20 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
  • Apr 21 "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 21 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRs in a games (11 times)

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 21 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
  • Apr 21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi's slaughtered by Hutu in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda
  • Apr 22 Borge Ousland reaches North pole
  • Apr 22 Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500
  • Apr 22 In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22 Michael Moorer beats Evander Holyfield in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
Boxer Evander Holyfield
Boxer
Evander Holyfield
  • Apr 22 Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Apr 23 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
  • Apr 23 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Apr 23 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Apr 24 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 24 Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election
  • Apr 24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed

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Apr 24 David Robinson scores ties 7th highest total in the NBA - 71

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Apr 24 NY Rangers sweep NY Islanders in NHL playoffs
  • Apr 24 1994 NFL Draft: Dan Wilkinson from Ohio State first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 25 14" of snow in Southern Calif
  • Apr 25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed
  • Apr 25 Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed
  • Apr 25 King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • Apr 25 Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnapped
  • Apr 25 Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • Apr 26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • Apr 26 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
  • Apr 26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • Apr 26 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • Apr 27 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • Apr 27 29.0°C in Genevad, Sweden (Swedish April high temperature record)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer
  • Apr 11 Dakota Blue Richards, English actress
  • Apr 12 Saoirse Ronan, Irish actress
  • Apr 12 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • Apr 16 Liliana Mumy, American actress
  • Apr 18 Moises Arias, American Actor
  • Apr 24 Austin Rogers, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 9 Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 16 Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Apr 17 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
  • Apr 24 Actor Lou Diamond Phillips marries Kelly Phillips
  • Apr 26 "Mad About You" actress Leila Kenzel (33) weds Neil Monaco (34)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36)

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 7 Shannen Doherty files for divorce from Ashley Hamilton

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Apr 15 Robert F Kennedy Jr (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 18 Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 26 Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 28 Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • Apr 1 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86
  • Apr 1 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Richard Davies, actor (Pvt Buckaroo), dies of heart attack at 79
  • Apr 3 Betty Furness, actress/news consumer reporter (WNBC), dies at 78
  • Apr 3 Frank G Wells, US company director (Walt Disney Co.), dies in a helicopter crash at 62
  • Apr 3 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
  • Apr 3 Pat Harper, NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies
  • Apr 4 Olga Lowina, Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), dies at 77
  • Apr 5 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • Apr 5 Aubrey J Watson Sr, bishop, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Marlon Riggs, US writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

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Apr 5 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Apr 6 Cyprian Niayamira, president of Burundi (1993-94), assassinated
  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 6 Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society), dies at 75
  • Apr 6 Theo Bosch, humanist/architect (Amsterdam), dies at 54
  • Apr 6 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994), assassinated by missile strike on the plane he was travelling on over Kigali, Rwanda at 39

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Apr 6 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94), assassinated by missile strike on his plane over Kigali, Rwanda at 57

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Apr 7 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, assassinated by the presidential guard in the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide at 40
  • Apr 7 Angelus Gottfried "Golo" Mann, German/US historian, dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Arthur Gordon Clough, journalist, dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • Apr 7 Francois de Grossouvre, Pres Mitterrand advisor, suicide at 76
  • Apr 7 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (b. 1923)
  • Apr 7 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 8 Irene Eisinger, singer, dies at 91
  • Apr 8 Walter Arnold, Germ theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • Apr 8 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • Apr 9 Cornelis N "Cor" van Dis Jr, Dutch MP (1971-94), dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Keith Watson, British comic strip artist (Dan Dare), dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Marcel Ichac, French alpinist/director (Karakoram), dies at 87
  • Apr 9 Raouf Khayrat, Egyptian general-major, murdered
  • Apr 10 James L Lyons, jazz promoter, dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Victor Afanasiev, Rus editor-in-chief of Pravda (1976-89), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 11 Johan Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64
  • Apr 12 Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81
  • Apr 12 Jean Carmet, dies at 72
  • Apr 12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 13 Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist, dies at 92
  • Apr 13 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, actor (Telegram), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 Nikolai Krjoetsjkov, Russian actor (Ballad of Soldatje), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 P J Engels, Dutch MP (KVP), dies at 70
  • Apr 13 Rudolf Hrusinsky, Czech actor (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • Apr 14 Selometsi Baholo, vice-premier of Lesotho, murdered
  • Apr 14 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
  • Apr 15 John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Apr 15 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 John McLiam, Canadian-born American actor (In Cold Blood), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Apr 16 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Ron Vawter, US actor (Roy Cohn, The Silence of the Lambs), dies at 45
  • Apr 16 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonley Londoners), dies at 70
  • Apr 17 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • Apr 18 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 19 Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 19 Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87
  • Apr 19 Michael Carreras, film Director, dies at 67
  • Apr 19 Michel van Rooy, Dutch actor (Doctor Vlimmen, The Attack), dies at 43
  • Apr 20 Jean Carmet, French actor (Merci la Vie, Le Sucre), dies at 72
  • Apr 21 Clement Merk, animal trainer, dies at 93
  • Apr 22 D Nauta, theologist/church historian/lawyer, dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Denis Pitts, journalist, dies at 64
  • Apr 22 Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist, dies at 80

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Apr 22 Richard Nixon, 37th President (1969-75), dies of a stroke at 81

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 22 Schmidt Hans Burkhardt, artist, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
  • Apr 23 Cecile Dreesmann, son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
  • Apr 25 David Langton, British actor (Upstairs Downstairs), dies at 82
  • Apr 25 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • Apr 25 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 26 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate (b. 1927)
  • Apr 27 Jerome Lejeune, physiologist, dies at 69
  • Apr 27 John Preston, US writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • Apr 27 Lynne Frederick Unger, actress (Trail of Pink Panther), dies at 39
  • Apr 29 Bill Quinn, US actor (Quinn Brothers, Birds, Lucky Stiff), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 David Langton, dies of a heart at 81
  • Apr 30 Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Italian set designer (Last Emperor), dies at 53
  • Apr 30 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner, dies at 46
  • Apr 30 Richard McClure Scarry, US kid book illustrator/writer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31