On This Day

What Happened in April 1992

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • Apr 1 Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs probation
  • Apr 1 NHL players begin first strike in 75-year history; 10 day action earns large playoff bonus increase, more control over licensing of their likenesses and changes to free agency system
  • Apr 1 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
  • Apr 1 Sheffield Shield Men's Cricket Final, Perth: West Australia beats NSW by 44 runs; Justin Langer 149
  • Apr 1 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
  • Apr 2 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 2 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns

Murder of Interest

Apr 2 Mafia boss John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion

  • Apr 2 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
  • Apr 3 1st exhibition game at Camden Field - Orioles beat NY Mets
  • Apr 4 Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad

Historic Event

Apr 4 Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case

  • Apr 4 Sali Berisha becomes president and Alexander Meksi premier of Albania
  • Apr 4 146th Grand National: 14/1 shot Party Politics, ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn wins by 2½ lengths from Romany King
  • Apr 5 "Search & Destroy" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Apr 5 11th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Western Kentucky, 78-62; Cardinal guard Molly Goodenbour MOP

Golf Tournament

Apr 5 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Lee Trevino win his second Champions Tour major by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 5 Game 2 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees sweep NY Mets 6-5 at Shea

Historic Event

Apr 5 Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori suspends the constitution and dissolves Congress

  • Apr 5 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president

WrestleMania

Apr 5 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (62,167): Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice by DQ; Randy Savage beats Ric Flair for WWF Heavyweight title

  • Apr 5 Serbian troops begin besieging Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which would become the longest siege in modern warfare
  • Apr 5 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 1st game at Camden Field, Baltimore, Maryland - Orioles beat Cleveland Indians 2-0
  • Apr 6 54th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan, 71-51; back-to-back titles for Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • Apr 6 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • Apr 6 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0
  • Apr 6 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • Apr 6 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
  • Apr 6 Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps
  • Apr 6 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.

Music Concert

Apr 6 George Harrison performs his final full concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, in a benefit for the transcendental mediation based Natural Law political party [1]

  • Apr 7 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • Apr 8 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances
  • Apr 8 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" publishes its final issue
  • Apr 9 Florida drops rape charges against NY Mets Gooden, Boston & Coleman

Election of Interest

Apr 9 John Major elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history

  • Apr 9 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
  • Apr 9 US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of 8 out of 10 drug and racketeering charges
  • Apr 9 William O Studeman, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 10 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 10 NHL strike ends after 10 days
  • Apr 11 BPAA US Open by Robert Lawrence
  • Apr 11 MLB Cleveland Indians set team record for long game loss to Boston Red Sox (19 innings - 6½ hr)
  • Apr 11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

Theater Premiere

Apr 12 Revival of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Alec Baldwin & Jessica Lange, opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

  • Apr 12 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Pistons 72, NY Knicks 61

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 56th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fred Couples wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd

  • Apr 12 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • Apr 12 Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France
  • Apr 12 Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
  • Apr 12 MLB Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Young no-hits Cleveland Indians, but loses 2-1
  • Apr 12 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • Apr 12 Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle
  • Apr 13 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 160 performances
  • Apr 13 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • Apr 13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • Apr 13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • Apr 13 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • Apr 13 Lou Carnesecca retires as coach of St John's basketball team
  • Apr 13 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (NY Yanks 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yanks score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
  • Apr 14 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" starring Nathan Lane, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1143 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards
  • Apr 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • Apr 14 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
  • Apr 14 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
  • Apr 14 UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
  • Apr 15 Billionaire Leona Helmsley is sent to jail for tax evasion

TV Show Appearance

Apr 15 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of The Tonight Show

  • Apr 15 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx. New York loses its accreditation
  • Apr 15 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)

Hall of Fame

Apr 15 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

  • Apr 15 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • Apr 16 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 16 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Apr 16 Afghan president Najibullah resigns
  • Apr 16 NY Rangers win team record 50th game
  • Apr 16 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • Apr 18 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • Apr 19 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Mike Hill by 1 stroke for his 3rd seniors major title
  • Apr 19 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances
  • Apr 19 Balki & Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
  • Apr 20 100th episode of American sitcom "Murphy Brown" airs
  • Apr 20 96th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya repeats in 2:08:14 for his 3rd title; Olga Markova first Russian women's champion in 2:23:43

Music Concert

Apr 20 All-star benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London; performers include: Queen, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Zucchero, Paul Young, Seal, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Mick Ronson, George Michael, Elton John, Axl Rose, and Liza Minnelli

  • Apr 20 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
  • Apr 20 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse

Music History

Apr 20 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

  • Apr 21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • Apr 21 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances.
  • Apr 21 Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders
  • Apr 22 6.1 earthquake under the Little San Bernadino Mountains, near Joshua Tree, California
  • Apr 22 Gas explodes in sewer, kills 200 in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Apr 22 Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
  • Apr 23 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 23 Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, D.C.) let out of prison
  • Apr 23 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • Apr 24 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances

Sports History

Apr 24 George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Damien Williams, American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 4 Alexa Nikolas, American actress (Zoey 101), born in Chicago, Illinois

Daisy Ridley

Apr 10 Daisy Ridley, English actress (Star Wars: the Force Awakens), born in London

  • Apr 12 Giorgio Cantarini, Italian actor (Gladiator), born in Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
  • Apr 13 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Apr 13 Emma Degerstedt, American actress, born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 13 Mohammad Amir, Pakistani cricket bowler (5-year ban for spot-fixing), born in Changa Bangial, Pakistan
  • Apr 15 Amy Diamond [Deasismont], Swedish singer ("What's In It For Me"), born in Norrköping, Sweden
  • Apr 16 Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Apr 18 Jēkabs Jančevskis, Latvian pianist, choral and orchestral composer (When; Adveniat Regnum), and teacher, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Apr 18 Chloe Bennet [Chloé Wang], Chinese-American actress (Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 24 Sean Rademaker, American actor (Kirkland Harrison-Another World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 24 Joe Keery, American actor (stranger Things), and rock musician (Post Animal; Djo). born in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 4 John Tesh (Entertainment Tonight) marries actress Connie Selleca

Sam Kinison

Apr 4 Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

  • Apr 5 Comedian Sam Kenison marries live-in girlfriend Maleeka
  • Apr 11 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 Kimberly Payne

Christopher Reeve

Apr 11 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts

Stefan Edberg

Apr 18 Swedish tennis ace Stefan Edberg (26) marries Danish model Annette Olsen (27) in Sweden

David Bowie

Apr 24 Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Ice Cube

Apr 26 Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff


Famous Divorces

Lenny Kravitz

Apr 12 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz, after 5 years of marriage

  • Apr 23 British Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and her 1st husband Captain Mark Phillips divorce after 19 years

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • Apr 2 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), dies in car crash at 37
  • Apr 2 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 3 (Lloyd) "Slim" Andrews, American actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), comic, and singer-songwriter, dies at 85 [1]
  • Apr 3 Margaret Barker, American actress (Fathers & Son), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Apr 4 Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
  • Apr 4 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • Apr 4 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • Apr 4 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65

Sam Walton

Apr 5 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Isaac Asimov

Apr 6 Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), dies from kidney failure at 72

  • Apr 6 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), dies of Alzheimers at 94
  • Apr 7 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Apr 7 Clovis Ruffin, American fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • Apr 8 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More) dies at 78
  • Apr 8 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • Apr 8 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 9 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
  • Apr 9 Ruth Hammond, American Broadway actress, dies in her sleep at 96
  • Apr 10 Ken Ward, dies at 37
  • Apr 10 Cecil "Cec" Linder, Polish-Canadian actor (Goldfinger, Quatermass and the Pit), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Peter D. Mitchell, English chemist, (1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Adele Dixon, British stage and screen actress and singer (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Apr 11 Eve Merriam [Moskovitz], American writer and poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • Apr 11 James Brown, American actor (Objective, Burma!; The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin -"Rip"), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Apr 11 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter, dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Apr 11 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public Health, 1958), dies at 86
  • Apr 12 Joe Medwick, American R&B singer, and songwriter ("Further On Up The Road"), dies at 61
  • Apr 13 Brian Oulton, English character actor, dies at 84
  • Apr 13 Wallace Stegner, American novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • Apr 13 Stuart Surridge, English cricketer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 David Miller, American film director (Billy the Kid) dies of cancer at 82
  • Apr 14 Sammy Price, American boogie-woogie pianist and bandleader, dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • Apr 16 Frank Killmond, dies at 58
  • Apr 16 Neville Brand, American soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), dies of emphysema at 71
  • Apr 17 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • Apr 17 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • Apr 19 Frankie Howerd, actor (Carry on Doctor, Up the Front), dies at 70
  • Apr 19 Pat Thompson, actress (Strictly Ballroom), dies at 51
  • Apr 19 Rob Clayton, American heavy metal drummer (Jody Grind), dies in car crash with a drunk driver at 26
  • Apr 19 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Apr 20 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 69
  • Apr 20 Benny Hill [Alfred Hawthorn Hill], British comedian (The Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Apr 20 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, dies at 76
  • Apr 21 Robert Harris, American criminal and murderer, executed in a gas chamber at 39 in San Quentin State Prison, California
  • Apr 21 Vladimir K Romanov, Grand Duke/Rus pretender to the throne, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Billy Wayne White, American murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • Apr 22 Youcca Troubatzkoy, American actress (Flower of the Night), dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • Apr 23 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder, Agantuk), dies at 70
  • Apr 23 Victoria Kellem Lederman, model, dies of amyloidosis at 52
  • Apr 25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 25 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • Apr 25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician dies of pulmonary edema at 26
  • Apr 26 Alberta Vaughn, American actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • Apr 26 Clyde Hartley, American entertainer, dies at 68
  • Apr 27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • Apr 27 Sol K. Bright, Hawaiian steel-guitar player, singer (Hollywaiians), and songwriter ("Hawaiian Cowboy"), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck], African-American writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 29 Mae Clarke [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies