Historical Events in April 1988

  • Apr 2 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • Apr 2 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • Apr 3 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

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Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards)
  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • Apr 4 Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 7 Gerrit John Heijns murderer, arrested
  • Apr 7 Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 9 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Brendan Powell aboard Rhyme 'n' Reason wins
  • Apr 10 52nd Masters Golf Tournament: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 10 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Leonard Part 6 wins
  • Apr 10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

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Apr 11 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • Apr 12 Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 17 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:43 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:24:30

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Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 20 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 24 Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • Apr 24 1988 NFL Draft: Aundray Bruce from University of Auburn first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
  • Apr 28 "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 30 Baltimore Orioles win record 14th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • Apr 30 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec
  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

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Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion