April 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Kitty Kelly publishes a book knocking Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched
  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giant Stad) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 7 Wrestlemania VII scheduled in LA, actually performed 03/24
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • Apr 10 A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against S Afr
  • Apr 15 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week
  • Apr 15 Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike
  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • Apr 22 Intel releases 486SX chip
  • Apr 22 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from Tonight Show
  • Apr 22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 Iraq expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched
  • Apr 29 Croatia declares independence
  • Apr 29 Cyclone strikes Bangladesh, 139,000 die/10 million homeless
  • Apr 29 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100
  • Apr 30 In Bangladesh a cyclone killed over 131,000 & left 9 million homeless

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 13 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in History

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzm├ín, Chilean politician (b.1946)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 20 Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan's Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • Apr 28 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91