What Happened in April 1989

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st NY Met-NY Yankee game in NYC since 1983, Yanks win 4-3
  • Apr 1 A Bartlett Giamatti replaces Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of baseball
  • Apr 2 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Apr 2 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60

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Apr 2 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 2 Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • Apr 3 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • Apr 3 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich beats Seton Hall 80-79 (OT)
  • Apr 3 Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad

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Apr 4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • Apr 4 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

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Apr 5 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Apr 5 Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak
  • Apr 5 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • Apr 6 Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak
  • Apr 7 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • Apr 7 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • Apr 8 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • Apr 8 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 53rd Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283 after Scott Hoch chokes on an 18 inch putt

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

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Apr 9 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Apr 9 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 9 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Apr 9 Washington, D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

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Apr 11 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win

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Apr 12 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
  • Apr 14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • Apr 15 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • Apr 15 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • Apr 15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • Apr 16 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
  • Apr 16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • Apr 16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 16 Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • Apr 16 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • Apr 17 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • Apr 17 Polish labor union granted legal status
  • Apr 17 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • Apr 19 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Apr 19 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Apr 19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • Apr 19 Violent assault and rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park. Known as the Central Park jogger incident it became according to the NY Times "one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s."

  • Apr 21 George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 23 Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • Apr 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

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Apr 23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
  • Apr 23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children

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Apr 23 Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Apr 23 1989 NFL Draft: Troy Aikman from UCLA first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • Apr 25 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • Apr 26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • Apr 26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Apr 27 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • Apr 27 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • Apr 27 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • Apr 28 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
  • Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • Apr 29 2nd government of Lubbers falls in the Netherlands
  • Apr 30 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • Apr 30 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic


Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver
  • Apr 3 Israel Falou, Australian Rugby League player
  • Apr 5 Lily James [Lily Thomson], English actress (Cinderella), born in Esher, England
  • Apr 7 Franco Di Santo, Argentine Footballer
  • Apr 8 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • Apr 8 Matty Healy [Matthew Healy], British vocalist and guitarist (The 1975), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Alia Shawkat, American actress
  • Apr 19 Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)
  • Apr 23 Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player

Person of interestGedhun Choekyi Nyima

Apr 25 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama, born in Lhari County, Tibet, China

11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
11th Panchen Lama
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
  • Apr 25 Robbie Tarrant, Australian football player
  • Apr 27 Emily Rios, American actress (Andrea Cantillo-Breaking Bad), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 8 Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • Apr 15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • Apr 29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Norman Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • Apr 3 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • Apr 7 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • Apr 7 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

Apr 12 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), dies of alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (b. 1927)
  • Apr 12 Herbert Mills, American Singer (The Mills Brothers), dies at 77
  • Apr 14 Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Devil's Holiday), dies at 64
  • Apr 21 Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Huey Newton, American Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

Person of interestEmilio G. Segrè

Apr 22 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist and Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85

Person of interestLucille Ball

Apr 26 Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Apr 27 Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 28 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60
  • Apr 30 Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)