What Happened in April 1998

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • Apr 12 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 1998 NFL Draft: Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Elle Fanning, American Actress
  • Apr 24 Ryan Newman, American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Gene Evans, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • Apr 2 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 23 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 27 Godrey Kenton, English stage actor, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)