What Happened in April 1996

Historical Events

  • 1st 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
  • 1st Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • 1st The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • 2nd Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
  • 2nd Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • 3rd South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • 3rd St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • 4th "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 4th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM
  • 5th John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

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5th Marlon Brando makes anti-semetic remarks about hollywood on Larry King

  • 6th Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

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7th 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • 7th Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pak, Singapore
  • 7th Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic
  • 7th Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • 8th Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 10th Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia

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11th "King & I" premieres at Neil Simon Theater in NYC for 781 perform

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 11th Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • 13th En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • 13th Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff
  • 14th "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 1 performance

Sport awardGolf Major

14th 60th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 276

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 14th Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
  • 15th "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • 15th 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:15.9 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:27:12
  • 18th "Funny Thing Happened" opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • 18th In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • 19th Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • 19th South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
  • 20th Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • 20th 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • 21st "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • 21st 57th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • 21st Barb Mucha wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
  • 21st Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • 21st Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup
  • 21st Wayne James scores 99 & 99 & ct 11 stp 2 in Logan Cup Final
  • 23rd Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • 23rd Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • 23rd 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Sense and Sensibility" Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director
  • 23rd 42nd British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "Cracker" Best Drama
  • 24th "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances

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24th 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • 24th Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • 24th The UNand Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq's possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
  • 25th "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • 26th Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
  • 26th Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • 27th Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • 28th "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • 28th Martin Bryant shoots & kills 35 in Port Arthur Tasmania
  • 28th Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

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29th "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
  • 29th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • 30th "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 30th Dutch/Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
  • 30th Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids MI on WKLQ 94.5 FM

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30th US President Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Famous Birthdays

  • 14th Abigail Breslin, American child actress
  • 17th Dee Dee Davis, American actress
  • 18th Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian Singer
  • 25th Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

11th Actor Hugh Jackman (27) weds actress Deborra-Lee Furness (41) at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria

  • 12th Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church
  • 16th Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 27th Soap opera actor Lorenzo Lamas (38) weds Playboy model and actress Shauna Sand (24) in Rockland County, New York
  • 27th Romanian gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci (35) weds gymnast champion Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania

HeartWedding of Interest

27th Actress Robin Wright Penn (30) weds actor Sean Penn (35) in Santa Monica, California

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 101

  • 1st Alfredo Nobre Coast, PM of Portugal (1978), dies
  • 1st Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • 1st John Alwyne Kitching, zoologist, dies at 87
  • 1st John McSheery, dies of heart attack while umpiring a game, at 51
  • 1st Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy), dies at 47
  • 1st Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • 1st John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 3rd Carl Stokes, 1st African American mayor of a major US city (Cleve), dies
  • 3rd Christopher John Seward, aid worker, dies at 45
  • 3rd Ron Brown, American Secretary of Commerce, dies in an air accident aged 54
  • 3rd Ronald Harmon Brown, politician, dies at 54
  • 3rd Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59
  • 4th Carl Burton Stokes, politician, dies at 68
  • 4th David Keylsey, actor/director, dies at 63
  • 4th David Whitton, campaigner, dies at 44
  • 4th Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist, dies at 97
  • 4th Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 4th Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 4th Seamas NacNeill, piper, dies at 79
  • 4th Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 5th Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian, dies at 67
  • 6th Greer Garson, actress (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 92
  • 7th Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59
  • 8th Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
  • 8th Ben Johnson, cowboy actor (Tex, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
  • 8th Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • 8th Ben Johnson, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 9th James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls), dies at 81
  • 9th Maisie Fitter, editor/conservationist, dies at 83
  • 9th Richard Thomas Condon, author, dies at 81
  • 9th Sandy Becker, NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), dies at 74
  • 10th Jessica Dubroff, attempting to be youngest pilot, dies in crash at 7
  • 11th Daniel Wolf, journalist, dies at 80
  • 11th Edwin Clarke, historian/neurologist, dies at 76
  • 11th Jessica Dubroff, hoped to be youngest to fly across US, crashed at 7
  • 11th Louis Osman, artist/goldsmith/craftsman, dies at 82
  • 11th Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, advertising magnate, dies at 89
  • 12th Marthe Robert, essayist/translator, dies at 82
  • 12th Nancy Sheehan, writer, dies at 69
  • 12th William Wilkinson, businessman/conservationist, dies at 63
  • 13th Denis Sargan, econometrician, dies at 71
  • 13th George Mackey Brown, poet, dies at 74
  • 13th James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal, dies at 64
  • 14th Benjamin "Zik" Azikiwe Nnamdi, politician, dies at 91
  • 14th Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • 14th Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • 14th Mervyn Levy, artist/critic, dies at 81
  • 14th William K Everson, film historian, dies at 67
  • 16th Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
  • 16th Madeleine Bourdouxhe, writer, dies at 89
  • 16th Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 16th Stavros Spyros Niarchos, Greek shipowner, dies at 86
  • 17th Eva Jones, poet/novelist, dies at 82
  • 17th Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
  • 17th Michele Carew, daughter of baseball great Rod, dies of Leukemia at 18
  • 18th Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner, dies at 62
  • 18th Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 18th Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
  • 18th Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88
  • 19th Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • 19th Norman Oldfield, cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies
  • 19th Peg Ridge, peace campaigner, dies at 72
  • 20th Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, bBC Executive, dies at 88
  • 20th Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
  • 20th Tran Van Tra, soldier, dies at 77
  • 21st A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • 21st Dzhokhar Dudayev, separatist leader and President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1991), dies at 52
  • 21st Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76
  • 21st Robert Hersant, press baron, dies at 76
  • 21st Rodney Meredith Thomas, architect/painter, dies at 93
  • 21st Zora Arkus-Duntov, engineer, dies at 86
  • 22nd David Shipman, film historian, dies at 63
  • 22nd Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • 22nd Hiteshwar Saikia, PM of Indian state of Assam (1991-96), dies
  • 22nd Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (b. 1908)
  • 23rd Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
  • 23rd Pamela Lyndon Travers, writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96
  • 23rd Jean-Victor Allard, Canadian military officer (b. 1913)
  • 24th Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • 24th Preston Lockwood, English actor (House of Windsor, Black Candle), dies at 83
  • 25th John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • 25th John Lorne Campbell, folklorist, dies at 90
  • 25th Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 74
  • 26th Burton Stein, historian, dies at 69
  • 26th John Norrie McArthur, malariologist/microscopist, dies at 94
  • 26th Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 27th Joan Sterndale Bennett, actress (Elizabeth-Dark Shadows), dies at 86
  • 27th William Egan Colby, cIA Director, dies at 76
  • 28th Giles Grangier, film director, dies at 84
  • 28th Henry Clarke, fashion photographer, dies at 75
  • 28th Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician, dies at 80
  • 28th William E Colby, director of CIA (1973-76), dies
  • 29th David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
  • 29th Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 29th Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • 29th Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
  • 30th David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • 30th David Opatoshu, actor (Torn Curtian, Raid on Entebbe), dies at 78
  • 30th Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive, dies at 71
  • 30th Helene Cordet, entertainer/nightclub owner, dies at 78