What Happened in April 1997

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • Apr 1 Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • Apr 1 Shell Oil confirms it will declare force majeure at its Nigerian Bonny terminal due to local protests which disrupted 210 million barrels per day of the company's oil production
  • Apr 2 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Apr 3 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
  • Apr 3 Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
  • Apr 4 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • Apr 4 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • Apr 4 DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • Apr 4 STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
  • Apr 5 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 6 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • Apr 6 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge
  • Apr 6 Brad Faxon wins Freeport-McDermott Golf Classic
  • Apr 6 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • Apr 7 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard Lord Gyllene wins
  • Apr 8 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • Apr 8 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • Apr 9 Cleve Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 61st Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods at 21 (270 18 under par)

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 13 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • Apr 15 America On Line begins service in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • Apr 15 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • Apr 17 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker

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Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Apr 19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Apr 19 SD Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 19 1997 NFL Draft: Orlando Pace from Ohio State first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • Apr 20 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
  • Apr 20 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • Apr 20 PGA Seniors Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:23
  • Apr 21 Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • Apr 22 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria - 93 villagers killed.
  • Apr 22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • Apr 23 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Apr 23 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
  • Apr 24 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 25 The disaster film "Volcano", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, is released

Actress Anne Heche
Anne Heche
  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • Apr 27 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 29 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
  • Apr 29 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • Apr 29 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres admit she is gay

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • Apr 30 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
  • Apr 30 President Clinton's daughter Chelsea chooses to attend Stanford College
  • Apr 30 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
  • Apr 30 Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 13 Sloane Momsen, American actress
  • Apr 15 Maisie Williams, actress (Game of Thrones), born in Bristol, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Lydia Ko, New Zealand professional golfer, born in Seoul, South Korea

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • Apr 30 Ayaan Chawla, Indian entrepreneur

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 19 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 19 Actor Chris O'Donnell (26) weds high school sweetheart Caroline Fentress (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Actor Max Von Sydow (68) weds filmmaker Catherine Brelet

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • Apr 1 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Apr 7 Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 19 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • Apr 26 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • Apr 26 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, columnist, dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies