April 1992 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • Apr 1 Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs probation
  • Apr 1 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
  • Apr 2 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 2 John Gotti found guilty of five murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), conspiracy to murder Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • Apr 2 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands

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Apr 4 Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Apr 4 Sali Berisha becomes president/Alexander Meksi premier of Albania

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Apr 5 Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori suspends the constitution and dissolves Congress

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 5 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president

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Apr 5 Wrestlemania VIII, 62,167 at Hoosier Dome, Hulk Hogan DQs Sid Justice

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 5 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • Apr 6 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0
  • Apr 6 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • Apr 6 Serbian troops begin siege of Sarajevo
  • Apr 6 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
  • Apr 6 Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps
  • Apr 6 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.
  • Apr 7 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • Apr 8 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
  • Apr 9 John Majors, (C) elected PM of England
  • Apr 9 US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of 8 out of 10 drug and racketeering charges
  • Apr 9 William O Studeman, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 10 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at Hague Neth
  • Apr 11 BPAA US Open by Robert Lawrence
  • Apr 11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3
  • Apr 12 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • Apr 12 Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France
  • Apr 12 Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
  • Apr 12 Matt Young no-hits Cleveland, but loses 2-1
  • Apr 12 Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle
  • Apr 13 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • Apr 13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • Apr 13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas
  • Apr 13 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • Apr 14 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
  • Apr 14 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
  • Apr 14 UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
  • Apr 15 Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion
  • Apr 15 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight
  • Apr 15 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
  • Apr 15 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • Apr 16 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Apr 16 Afghan president Najibullah resigns
  • Apr 16 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • Apr 19 Balki & Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
  • Apr 20 All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London
  • Apr 20 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
  • Apr 20 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse
  • Apr 21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • Apr 21 Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders.
  • Apr 22 6.0 earthquake in California
  • Apr 22 Gas explodes in sewer, kills 200 in Guadalajara Mexico
  • Apr 22 Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
  • Apr 23 Marion Berry (former mayor of Wash DC) let out of prison
  • Apr 23 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • Apr 24 Vinson Pike fined £1000 for distributing obscene computer pictures
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marc McDowell

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Apr 26 Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • Apr 26 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
  • Apr 27 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.
  • Apr 27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • Apr 28 Italian President Francesco Cossiga formally resigns

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Apr 29 Jury acquits LA police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 29 Sheena Easton collapses on stage while performing in "Man of LaMancha"
  • Apr 29 Voting ends on choice of Elvis stamps

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 13 Jet Travolta, daughter of John Travolta & Kelly Preston
  • Apr 16 Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 13 Nelson Mandela announces he will seek divorce from Winnie

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Apr 23 British Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and her 1st husband Captain Mark Phillips divorce after 19 years

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
  • Apr 4 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-born American chess grandmaster, dies at 80

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Apr 5 Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton

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Apr 6 Isaac Asimov, Sci-Fi author (I Robot), dies from kidney failure at 72

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • Apr 7 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Apr 7 Clovis Ruffin, fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • Apr 8 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • Apr 9 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Ken Ward, dies at 37
  • Apr 11 Eve Merriam, poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 11 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter (b. 1920)
  • Apr 13 Brian Oulton, dies at 84
  • Apr 13 Wallace Stegner, novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • Apr 14 David Miller, dies of cancer at 82
  • Apr 16 Frank Killmond, dies at 58
  • Apr 19 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • Apr 21 Robert Harris, murderer, executed in Calif's gas chamber at 39
  • Apr 21 Vladimir K Romanov, Grand Duke/Rus pretender to the throne, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Billy Wayne White, murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • Apr 22 Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st Chamber member (CPN), dies
  • Apr 23 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • Apr 23 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder/Agantuk), dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Dany [Daniel S] Tuijnman, Dutch min of traffic & water, dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • Apr 26 Clyde Hartley, entertainer, dies at 68
  • Apr 28 Francis Bacon, Irish/British abstract painter, dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Iceberg Slim, American writer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 30 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies