What Happened on April 6, 1994

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out
  • Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into Marla Maples' home
  • Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

MurderAssassination

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

Famous Deaths

  • Cyprian Niayamira, president of Burundi (1993-94), assassinated
  • Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994), assassinated by missile strike on the plane he was travelling on over Kigali, Rwanda at 39
  • Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society), dies at 75
  • Theo Bosch, humanist/architect (Amsterdam), dies at 54