April 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 23 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)