What Happened in April 1984

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC goes back-to-back; beats Tennessee, 72-61; Cheryl Miller 2nd consecutive MOP award
  • Apr 1 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours

PGA Players Championship

Apr 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 24-year old Fred Couples finishes at 277 (-11), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino

Sports History

Apr 2 46th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

  • Apr 3 Bombay beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 3 Guinea suspends constitution after coup
  • Apr 3 Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
  • Apr 4 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London

Historic Event

Apr 4 Winston Smith in Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" begins his secret diary in defiance of the totalitarian government of Oceania

  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances

NBA Record

Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 6 11th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41C): Challenger 5 launches
  • Apr 6 1st time 11 people in space
  • Apr 6 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • Apr 7 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Apr 8 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Lonely Lady" wins

Golf Major

Apr 8 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster wins the first of her 7 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley, with a par on the 1st extra hole

  • Apr 8 U.S. Census Bureau estimates rank Los Angeles as second most populated city, displacing Chicago which held the position since 1890; New York City remains the top
  • Apr 10 Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
  • Apr 10 US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors
  • Apr 11 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
  • Apr 11 Chinese troops invade Vietnam

Appointment of Interest

Apr 11 General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

  • Apr 11 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 11th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41C): Challenger 5 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah

Sports History

Apr 13 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career

  • Apr 14 Farewell concert of Dutch pop-ska band Doe Maar at Maasport in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances

US Masters Golf

Apr 15 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson

  • Apr 15 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • Apr 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • Apr 16 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
  • Apr 17 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Apr 17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • Apr 18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 18 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • Apr 19 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in print (Nature magazine)
  • Apr 20 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
  • Apr 21 "Nightline" reverts from 1 hour to ½ hour format

Music History

Apr 21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by movie soundtrack for "Footloose"

  • Apr 21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • Apr 21 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
  • Apr 21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game

Television Premiere

Apr 22 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

  • Apr 23 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens
  • Apr 27 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • Apr 27 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana
  • Apr 28 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • Apr 29 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 30 1,700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are, Sweden
  • Apr 30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Olga Rei, Russian television personality
  • Apr 2 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Apr 3 Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer (Club Brugge midfielder), born in Ypres, Belgium
  • Apr 3 Maxi López, Argentine footballer (Udinese), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 4 Arkady Vyatchanin, Russian-Serbian backstroke swimmer, born in Vorkuta, Russia
  • Apr 4 Carolina Gaitán, Colombian actress (Encanto), born in Villavicencio, Colombia
  • Apr 5 Shin Min-a, South Korean model and actress
  • Apr 6 Max Bemis, American musician and songwriter
  • Apr 8 Ezra Koenig, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Vampire Weekend), and broadcaster (Time Crisis), born in New York City
  • Apr 8 Kirsten Storms, American actress, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Apr 8 Taran Noah Smith, American actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 9 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player, born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Apr 9 Linda Chung, Chinese-Canadian actress and singer, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Mandy Moore

Apr 10 Mandy Moore, American singer ("Candy") and actress (This Is Us - "Rebecca Pearson"), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

  • Apr 10 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • Apr 11 Kelli Garner, American actress (Dreamland), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 13 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 14 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer, born in Torrance, California (d. 2004)
  • Apr 15 Ben Kasica, American rock guitarist (Skillet), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 15 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • Apr 16 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American author, born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Apr 16 Claire Foy, English Actress (The Crown), born in Stockport, England
  • Apr 16 Noah Fleiss, American actor, born in White Plains, New York
  • Apr 18 America Ferrera, American actress (Ugly Betty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Lee Da-Hae, South Korean actress (My Girl), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Apr 20 Tyson Griffin, American professional mixed martial artist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 21 Ashley Peldon, actress (Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 22 Amelle Berrabah, Moroccan-British singer (Sugababes - "Round, Round"), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England
  • Apr 22 Michelle Ryan, English actress
  • Apr 23 Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess grandmaster (Women's World Chess Champion 2008-10), born in Perm, Russia
  • Apr 24 Michael League, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-funk fusion and world music bassist, composer, and band leader (Snarky Puppy), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 24 Tyson Ritter, American singer and songwriter (The All-American Rejects), born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Apr 25 Robert Andino, Cuban-American baseball player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 26 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer (Eurovision 2019 - "Ne Brini"), born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Apr 26 Ryan O'Donohue, American actor (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back), born in Pomona, California
  • Apr 27 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player, born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 27 Frank Carter, British musician (Gallows) and tattooist, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

Patrick Stump

Apr 27 Patrick Stump, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • Apr 27 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Apr 29 Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor (Power Rangers Mystic Force), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 29 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
  • Apr 30 Shawn Daivari, Persian-American professional wrestler and manager

Famous Weddings

Frances McDormand

Apr 1 American filmmaker Joel Coen (29) marries American actress Frances McDormand (26)

Pete Rose

Apr 11 MLB manager Pete Rose (42) weds second wife Carol J. Woliung


Famous Divorces

Pierre Trudeau

Apr 2 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Sinclair (35) due to irreconcilable differences, after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76

Marvin Gaye

Apr 1 Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), shot to death by his father Marvin Gay, Sr., during a domestic dispute in Los Angeles at 44

  • Apr 3 Antanas Račiūnas, Lithuanian composer and pedagogue, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Harris, British RAF Commanding Chief known as "Bomber/Butcher Harris" for commanding the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, dies at 91
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, dies at 67
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 6 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776;, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 George Fierstone, British jazz and session drummer, (The Skyrockets), dies at 67
  • Apr 13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • Apr 15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 15 William Empson, English poet & critic (Milton's God), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 17 Mark W. Clark, American general, dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
  • Apr 20 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me to the Moon"), dies at 84

Ansel Adams

Apr 22 Ansel Adams, American landscape photographer and environmentalist (Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980), dies at 82

  • Apr 23 (William) "Red" Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • Apr 28 Glen H. Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), dies at 52
  • Apr 28 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (33 caps; Stormvogels, Elinkwijk), dies from a stroke at 55
  • Apr 28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76