What Happened in April 1999

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • Apr 5 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
  • Apr 7 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
  • Apr 8 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated.
  • Apr 10 152nd Grand National: Paul Carberry aboard Bobbyjo wins
  • Apr 11 63rd Masters Golf Tournament: José María Olazábal wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 11 52nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Shakespeare in Love" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director

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Apr 12 US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Apr 14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • Apr 14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
  • Apr 17 1999 NFL Draft: Tim Couch from University of Kentucky first pick by Cleveland Browns

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Apr 18 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
  • Apr 19 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:52 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:25
  • Apr 20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • Apr 29 Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • Apr 30 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 5 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • Apr 3 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Faith Domergue, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Apr 4 Early Wynn, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 6 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1908)
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general (b. 1949)
  • Apr 10 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 10 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice actress (b. 1919)
  • Apr 12 Boxcar Willie, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Willi Stoph, German politician (b. 1914)
  • Apr 14 Ellen Corby, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Apr 14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (b. 1931)
  • Apr 15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • Apr 16 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • Apr 19 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • Apr 19 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Apr 20 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Apr 20 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 21 Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, American actor and musician (b. 1904)
  • Apr 22 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 22 Chan Canasta, magician and mindreader (b. 1920)
  • Apr 25 Lord Killanin, Irish International Olympic Committee president (b. 1914)
  • Apr 26 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • Apr 26 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • Apr 27 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28 Rory Calhoun, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)

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Apr 28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1921)