On This Day

What Happened in April 1988

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 West Indies cricket fast bowling great Curtly Ambrose makes his debut in 9 wicket 1st Test defeat to Pakistan in Georgetown, Guyana; low key debut with 2-108
  • Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Amy Alcott wins the 2nd of her 3 DS events, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Colleen Walker
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Auburn, 56-54; Lady Techsters Erica Westbrooks MOP

Sports History

Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Oklahoma, 83-79; Jayhawks power forward Danny Manning named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at an MLB Opening Day game at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium; Reds win over St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4 in 12 innings
  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of British soap opera "Crossroads" on ITV
  • Apr 4 MLB New York Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs, in a 10-6 win over Expos at Montreal
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 7 Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 9 NHL New Jersey Devils win 3-0 over New York Islanders; Devils lead 2-1 in playoff 1st round
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Irish jockey Brendan Powell wins aboard 10/1 shot Rhyme 'n' Reason by 4 lengths from Durham Edition
  • Apr 10 52nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle claims his second major title with a birdie on the 72nd hole to win by 1 stroke over Mark Calcavecchia
  • Apr 10 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Leonard Part 6" wins
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round

Sports History

Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles

  • Apr 12 Harvard University patents a genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs California
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30
  • Apr 20 Baltimore Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 20 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 24 NFL Draft: Auburn tight end Aundray Bruce first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 25 American news program "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), Nazi concentration camp guard, sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211

Film and TV Awards

Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al López was 1st)

Music Premiere

Apr 28 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 68 performances

  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 29 Baltimore Orioles end their record 21-game losing streak by beating the White Sox 9-0
  • Apr 30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)

Sports History

Apr 30 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec

  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Music History

Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Brook Lopez, American basketball center (NBA All Star 2013; New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Apr 3 Tim Krul, Dutch football goalkeeper (Netherlands National Team), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Peter Hartley, English footballer (Motherwell), born in Hartlepool, England
  • Apr 4 Frank Fielding, English football goalkeeper, born in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Apr 6 Mike Bailey, English actor
  • Apr 6 Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer

Haley Joel Osment

Apr 10 Haley Joel Osment, American actor (The Sixth Sense, A.I., Pay it Forward), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 12 Paulo Londra, Argentine rapper and singer (“Adán Y Eva”; “Nena Maldición”), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Apr 13 Allison Williams, American actress (Girls, Get Out), born in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Apr 13 Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, Brazilian footballer, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Apr 14 Chris Wood, American actor (Supergirl), born in Dublin, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Eliza "Doolittle" [Caird], British pop singer-songwriter ("Skinny Genes"; "Pack Up"), born in Westminster, London
  • Apr 16 Joe McKnight, NFL and CFL player killed in road rage incident, born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Takahiro Moriuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter and musician (One Ok Rock), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 18 Vanessa Kirby, English actress (Princess Margaret in The Crown), born in London, England
  • Apr 21 Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 21 Robbie Amell, Canadian actor (Tomorrow People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer, born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Apr 23 Alistair Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic gold 2012, 16), born in Dewsbury, England
  • Apr 24 Michael Tylo, son of American actor Michael Tylo and Deborah Hunter, born in California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 25 James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Apr 25 Sara Paxton, American actress (Darcy's Wild Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 25 Jonathan Bailey, English actor (Bridgerton), born in Wallingford, England
  • Apr 27 Lizzo [Melissa Jefferson], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 28 Jiyai Shin, South Korean golfer (Women's British Open 2008, 12), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Apr 28 Juan Mata, Spanish footballer (Manchester United, Spain), born in Burgos, Spain
  • Apr 29 Younha [Go Youn-ha], Korean pop singer-songwriter (Touch; Run; Winter Flower), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Apr 30 Molloko, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity, born in San Diego Zoo (San Diego, California)
  • Apr 30 Ana de Armas, Cuban actress (Knives Out), born in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

Famous Weddings

Mick Fleetwood

Apr 24 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

  • Apr 29 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds film director Mike Nichols

Tom Hanks

Apr 30 Actor Tom Hanks (31) weds actress Rita Wilson (31)


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blood clot at 91
  • Apr 1 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A. Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • Apr 4 Ludwig Stiel, German pianist, composer, and conductor, dies at 86
  • Apr 5 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor and director (Juggler), dies
  • Apr 7 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time; Rainy Night in Georgia), dies of meningitis at 56
  • Apr 9 Dave Prater, American R&B singer and musician (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 11 Jean "Jeff" Donnell, American actress (Gidget Goes to Rome, Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack

Alan Paton

Apr 12 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies of cancer at 85

  • Apr 14 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), dies of an overdose at 61
  • Apr 15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist, dies at 33
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in West Indian cricket history), dies
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Eva Novak, American actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (featured at the 31st Venice Biennale), dies of a brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist, dies at 48
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 21 I. A. L. Diamond, Hollywood screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment), dies at 67
  • Apr 22 Irene Rich, American actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 24 Bob Newson, South African cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 4 wickets; Transvaal; Rhodesia), dies at 87
  • Apr 25 Boris Kremenliev, Bulgarian-American composer (The Tell-Tale Heart), educator (UCLA, 1947-78), and ethno-musicologist (Bulgarian-Macedonian Folk Music),r, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • Apr 25 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 25 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • Apr 27 David Scarboro, British actor, dies at 20
  • Apr 28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • Apr 29 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • Apr 29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), dies at 61