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What Happened in April 1991

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 1 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas, 72-65; Blue Devils' first title; power forward Christian Laettner MOP
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 "Penn and Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
Teller
Magician and Author Penn Jillette
Magician and Author
Penn Jillette
  • Apr 3 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
  • Apr 5 Detroit Pistons Joe Dumaars ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Apr 5 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida

  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 months by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Apr 6 145th Grand National: In Canadian distillery Seagram's final year of race sponsorship, New Zealand-bred chestnut gelding Seagram wins, ridden by Nigel Hawke
  • Apr 7 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 7 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 4 event titles by 1 stroke from Jim Colbert, Jim Dent & Phil Rodgers

  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge (connecting New York City with Fort Lee, New Jersey, over the Hudson River) raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 8 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 8 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • Apr 8 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 10 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)

  • Apr 10 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • Apr 10 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 11 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • Apr 11 NYC's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio & Television"
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 14 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • Apr 14 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 55th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Welshman Ian Woosnam wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of José María Olazábal; 4th straight year the Masters champion is from the UK
  • Apr 14 Chic Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minn North Stars)
  • Apr 15 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins his 2nd men's title in 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion in 2:24:18
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
  • Apr 15 Former child actor Adam Rich (Eight Is Enough) charged with burglary

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 15 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Apr 15 New York State raises maximum unemployment benefits to $280 per week
  • Apr 15 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • Apr 15 Dutch checker Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 16 Leander & Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • Apr 16 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 18 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • Apr 21 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • Apr 21 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • Apr 21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • Apr 22 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Intel releases 486SX chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from "The Tonight Show"

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • Apr 22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Björn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after an 8 year lay off without practising or playing any exhibition matches

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Apr 23 Outstanding West Indian cricket opening batsman Gordon Greenidge scores 226 in his final Test innings at home in Bridgetown, Barbados; WI win 4th Test v Australia by 343 runs
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • Apr 25 Iraq announces it expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • Apr 26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics
  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched
  • Apr 29 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Quavo [Quavious Marshall], American rapper (Migos), born in Athens, Georgia

Person of interestJamie Lynn Spears

Apr 4 Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress (Zoey 101), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • Apr 7 Anne-Marie [Nicholson], British pop singer-songwriter ("Rockabye"; "Friends"), born in East Tilbury in Essex, England
  • Apr 10 Amanda Michalka, American actress and singer, born in Torrance, California
  • Apr 13 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 21 Max Chilton, British Formula One and IndyCar racing driver, born in Redhill, England
  • Apr 30 Travis Scott [Jacques Webster], American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer ("Highest In The Room"; "Sicko Mode"), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestJacob Blake

Apr 30 Jacob Blake, African-American man shot multiple times in the back and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin, born in Evanston, Illinois

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), dies at 44
  • Apr 1 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71

Person of interestGraham Greene

Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German soccer forward (2 caps; Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 John Tower, American politician (US Senator (R)-Texas), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Ruth Page, American ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Dead [Pelle Ohlin], Swedish heavy metal singer (Mayhem), commits suicide at 22
  • Apr 9 Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • Apr 9 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • Apr 9 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 10 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Harry & Hendersons), dies of AIDS at 35
  • Apr 10 Natalie Schafer, American actress (Gilligan's Island, Anastasia), dies from cancer at 90
  • Apr 11 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, American stage and screen character actor (The Godfather - "Rocco Lampone"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, American poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, American actress, dies at 88
  • Apr 15 Martin Ashe, American actor, dies at 81

Person of interestDavid Lean

Apr 16 David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, American poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 18 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • Apr 20 Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician (Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (President), 1974-84; Prime Minister, 1952-74; General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, 1940-54), dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a house fire at 44
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri 1949-83), dies at 74
  • Apr 21 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor (Vienna New Year's Concert, 1955-79), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 23 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies from a combination of leukemia and drug abuse at 38
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 25 Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • Apr 26 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • Apr 26 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • Apr 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • Apr 28 Floyd McKissick, American lawyer & civil rights activist, dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti, American inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91