What Happened on April 19, 1989

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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."

Famous Birthdays

  • Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)

Famous Deaths

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