On This Day

What Happened on April 19, 1989

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park became one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. 5 men wrongfully convicted spend between 6-13 years in prison
  • Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Republic Day in Sierra Leone

Famous Birthdays

  • Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars), born in Albert Bridge, Canada
  • Simu Liu, Canadian actor (Kim's Convenience), born in Harbin, China

Famous Deaths

  • Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82