On This Day

What Happened in April 1990

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

Golf Tournament

Apr 1 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA Tour by 4 strokes from Gary Player

  • Apr 1 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn, 88-81; Cardinal point guard Jennifer Azzi MOP
  • Apr 1 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

WrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania VI, Skydome, Toronto, ON (67,678): Ultimate Warrior beats Hulk Hogan for WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles

Golf Major

Apr 1 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wIns the 2nd of her 3 Dinah Shore events, 2 strokes ahead of Shirley Furlong and Kathy Postlewait

  • Apr 2 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke, 103-73; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title
  • Apr 4 "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV

Music History

Apr 4 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

  • Apr 4 Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody

NBA Record

Apr 5 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

  • Apr 5 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

  • Apr 7 BPAA US Open by Ron Palombi Jr

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 7 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others [1]

  • Apr 7 John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal
  • Apr 7 Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations
  • Apr 7 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary
  • Apr 7 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • Apr 7 144th Grand National: Marcus Armytage aboard 16/1 bet Mr Frisk wins in race record 8m 47.8s; 2 equine fatalities during the race
  • Apr 8 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances

Television Premiere

Apr 8 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

US Masters Golf

Apr 8 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd

  • Apr 8 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
  • Apr 8 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • Apr 8 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • Apr 9 "Capital News" starring Lloyd Bridges premieres on ABC-TV

Contract of Interest

Apr 9 Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with Yankees

  • Apr 9 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • Apr 9 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
  • Apr 10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • Apr 10 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
  • Apr 11 MLB California Angels Mark Langston & Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
  • Apr 11 NY Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)
  • Apr 11 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary playoffs
  • Apr 11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • Apr 12 H. J. Heinz, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee Seafood say they wouldn't buy tuna caught in nets that trap dolphins
  • Apr 12 Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers

Music History

Apr 12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Apr 12 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for the Holocaust and asks for forgiveness

TV Show Appearance

Apr 12 Anime TV series "Moomin", based on Moomin children's books by Tove Jansson 1st appears on Tokyo TV

  • Apr 13 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • Apr 13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • Apr 13 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • Apr 15 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
  • Apr 15 Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v England), combination best

Sports History

Apr 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Theater Premiere

Apr 16 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances

  • Apr 16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • Apr 16 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
  • Apr 16 Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
  • Apr 17 Gas explosion on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
  • Apr 18 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
  • Apr 18 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • Apr 18 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • Apr 19 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas & incoming government agree to truce n Nicaragua's civil war

Film & TV History

Apr 19 Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time

  • Apr 19 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Sports History

Apr 20 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

  • Apr 20 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • Apr 21 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
  • Apr 21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • Apr 21 Reds win running their record to 9-0, best start in club history
  • Apr 22 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Apr 22 Lebanon release US hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months
  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 24 Brian Friel's play "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin (Tony Award Best Play)
  • Apr 24 Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies
  • Apr 24 STS-31 launches, the 35th mission of the US Space Shuttle program, carrying the Hubble space telescope
  • Apr 24 West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
  • Apr 24 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.

Music Awards

Apr 25 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

  • Apr 25 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery
  • Apr 25 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a 6-year term as Nicaragua's president
  • Apr 25 Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is abducted by Triad members
  • Apr 26 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Apr 26 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • Apr 26 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
  • Apr 26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case
  • Apr 27 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich)

Sports History

Apr 27 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

  • Apr 27 Villanova's women set a 6,000 m relay world record of 17:18:10
  • Apr 28 Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's "A Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC after 6,137 performances
  • Apr 28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • Apr 28 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions: Dave Ferraro beats Tony Westlake, 226–203
  • Apr 28 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)
  • Apr 29 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances

Sports History

Apr 29 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement

  • Apr 29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • Apr 29 US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space
  • Apr 30 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • Apr 30 US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Yevgeniya Kanayeva OMF, Russian rhythmic gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 2008, 12; World C'ship gold x 17 2007-11), born in Omsk, Russia
  • Apr 2 Miralem Pjanić, Bosnian soccer midfielder (92 caps; Roma, Juventus), born in Tuzia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Apr 5 Haruma Miura, Japanese Actor
  • Apr 8 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), born in Jung District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 2017)
  • Apr 9 Marston Glenn Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner & Kimberley Conrad, born in Los Angeles, California

Kristen Stewart

Apr 9 Kristen Stewart, American actress (Bella Swan-The Twilight Saga), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Apr 10 Lulinha [Luiz Marcelo Morais dos Reis], Brazilian footballer, born in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 10 Alex Pettyfer, English actor (Stormbreaker), born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

Emma Watson

Apr 15 Emma Watson, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series), born in Paris, France

  • Apr 16 Lorraine Nicholson, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer, born in Bridgend, Wales
  • Apr 19 Kim Chiu, Filipino Chinese actress (Sana Maulit Muli), born in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
  • Apr 23 Matthew Underwood, American actor (Zoey 101), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Apr 23 Dev Patel, English actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion), born in London, England

HolaSoyGerman

Apr 25 HolaSoyGerman [Germán Garmendia], Chilean YouTube star (second-most subscribed channel), born in Copiapó, Chile

  • Apr 27 Austin Dillon, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2018), born in Welcome, North Carolina
  • Apr 30 Jonathan Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic bronze 2012, silver 16), born in Dewsbury, England
  • Apr 30 (McBriare) "Mac" DeMarco, Canadian rock singer-songwriter (Salad Days), born in Duncan, British Columbia

Famous Weddings

Axl Rose

Apr 28 Guns & Roses' singer Axl Rose marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)

Alex Trebek

Apr 30 Game show host Alex Trebek (49) weds real-estate mogul Jean Currivan (27) at the Regency Club in Los Angeles


Famous Divorces

  • Apr 1 Guns & Roses' Duff McKagan divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • Apr 2 Aldo Fabrizi, actor (Postman Goes to War, Open City), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Katharine Balfour, American actress (Love Story), dies of ALS at 69
  • Apr 3 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 5 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, dies at 59
  • Apr 6 Nancy Hawkes, (1946 best dressed woman), dies at 73
  • Apr 6 Ronald E Evans, American astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Apr 8 Doreen Sloane, English actress (Coronation Street), dies of cancer at 56
  • Apr 8 Jose De Vega, American actor dies of AIDS at 56
  • Apr 8 Ryan White, American hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • Apr 11 Barbara Miller, British stage and screen actress (Blackadder), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Apr 11 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1972-90), and football team (Hamilton Tiger Cats, 1978-88) owner, dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director and actor (Berge in Flammen), dies at 97
  • Apr 13 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 Martin Kessel, German writer, dies on 89th birthday
  • Apr 14 Peter Dunn, American actor (Invaders from Mars) dies
  • Apr 14 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 15 Henry Kendrick, American actor (Raising Arizona) dies at 56

Greta Garbo

Apr 15 Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84

  • Apr 15 Ulrich Becher, German writer & playwright, dies at 80
  • Apr 17 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
  • Apr 18 Robert D Webb, American director & actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Gory Guerrero, Mexican-American professional wrestler, dies at 69
  • Apr 19 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Horst Sinderman, RDA 1st minister (1973-76), dies
  • Apr 20 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (Star Wars, Eye of the Needle), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Johnny Beagley, winner of two 1942 World Series games, dies
  • Apr 21 Erté, French artist
  • Apr 22 Bertil Unger, Swedish actor (Devil & Max Devlin), dies at 69
  • Apr 22 Albert Salmi, American stage and screen character actor (Caddyshack; The Brothers Karamazov; Bus Stop), kills terminally ill wife & self at 62
  • Apr 23 Palmer Deane, actor (Still of the Night), dies
  • Apr 23 Paulette Goddard, American actress (Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Hazard), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 Joseph Leberman, entertainer, dies
  • Apr 24 Tom Rolfing, actor (He Knows You're Alone, Cliff-Another World), dies
  • Apr 25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist Go!; The Other Side of 'Round Midnight), and actor ('Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • Apr 26 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated at 38
  • Apr 29 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52