April 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • Apr 1 Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • Apr 1 Shell Oil confirms it will declare force majeure at its Nigerian Bonny terminal due to local protests which disrupted 210 million barrels per day of the company's oil production
  • Apr 3 Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
  • Apr 4 DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • Apr 4 STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
  • Apr 5 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
  • Apr 6 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • Apr 7 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • Apr 8 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • Apr 8 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • Apr 13 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • Apr 15 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • Apr 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • Apr 15 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • Apr 17 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker
  • Apr 19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Apr 20 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • Apr 21 Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • Apr 22 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria - 93 villagers killed.
  • Apr 22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • Apr 23 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
  • Apr 27 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • Apr 29 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
  • Apr 30 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
  • Apr 30 President Clinton's daughter Chelsea chooses to attend Stanford College
  • Apr 30 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
  • Apr 30 Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 30 Ayaan Chawla, Indian entrepreneur

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • Apr 1 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 7 Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • Apr 26 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, columnist, dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies