April 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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 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 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens
  • 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 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 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 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 30 Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Pennsylvania
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 30 Molloko, SD Zoo, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity

Weddings in History

  • Apr 29 Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson marry

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Marius W Holtrop, economist/president (Netherlands Bank), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • Apr 12 Alan Stewart Paton, writer, dies
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch 2nd chamber member (soc-dem), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 25 Clifford D[onald] Simak, sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83