What Happened in April 1996

Historical Events

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

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

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

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Apr 7 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 7 Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pak, Singapore
  • Apr 7 Kelly Robbins wins Sacramento 12 Bridges LPGA Golf Classic
  • Apr 7 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 8 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 10 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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Apr 11 "King & I" premieres at Neil Simon Theater in NYC for 781 perform

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Apr 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • Apr 24 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
  • Apr 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Apr 26 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
  • Apr 26 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 27 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • Apr 28 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Apr 28 Martin Bryant shoots & kills 35 in Port Arthur Tasmania
  • Apr 28 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

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

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

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Apr 30 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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 102

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