On This Day

What Happened in April 1994

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 13th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Louisiana Tech, 60-59; Tar Heels first NCAA title on 3-point shot by Charlotte Smith as time expires
  • Apr 3 1st roster of Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) announced

Golf Tournament

Apr 3 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Ray Floyd wins first of 4 Champions Tour majors with birdie on first playoff hole against Dale Douglass

  • Apr 4 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
  • Apr 4 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arkansas beats Duke, 76-72; Razorbacks' first title in first title game
  • Apr 4 MLB Chicago Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on Opening Day vs Mets starter Dwight "Doc" Gooden at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Apr 4 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3 killed

Sports History

Apr 4 LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

  • Apr 4 Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706
  • Apr 4 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications

Film & TV History

Apr 4 American actor Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

Music History

Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 347 performances

  • Apr 5 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • Apr 6 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out

Film & TV History

Apr 6 Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into beauty queen Marla Maples' home

  • Apr 6 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • Apr 6 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • Apr 6 Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

Rwandan Genocide

Apr 6 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.

  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 1st night game at Cleveland's Jacobs Field, Indians 6 Seattle 2
  • Apr 7 NY Yankees beat Texas Rangers 18-6
  • Apr 7 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 7 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi
  • Apr 7 Beginning of the Rwandan Genocide; the Presidential Guard begins killing moderate politicians and public figures in Kigali, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana
  • Apr 8 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
  • Apr 8 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
  • Apr 8 Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • Apr 8 Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
  • Apr 9 BPAA US Open by Justin Hromek
  • Apr 9 STS-59 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • Apr 9 147th Grand National: Jockey Richard Dunwoody wins his second GN aboard Irish 16/1 shot Miinnehoma by 1¼ lengths from Just So

Music Concert

Apr 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler

  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 10 58th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: José María Olazábal wins the first of 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Tom Lehman; 6th winner from Europe in the past 7 years
  • Apr 12 Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
  • Apr 13 Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
  • Apr 13 Target date for Israeli complete withdrawal, doesn't occur
  • Apr 13 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India

Film & TV History

Apr 13 Asteroid 7373 Takei discovered and named after Star Trek actor George Takei

Historic Event

Apr 14 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer

  • Apr 14 NJ Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points
  • Apr 14 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
  • Apr 14 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
  • Apr 15 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1
  • Apr 15 WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired

Music History

Apr 15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • Apr 16 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
  • Apr 17 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 17 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Jim Colbert by 1 stroke for his second title in the event
  • Apr 17 Aruba government of Oduber falls
  • Apr 18 Disney's stage adaptation of its animated musical "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater, NYC
  • Apr 18 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women's race in 2:21:45

Film & TV History

Apr 18 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his late-night TV talk show in May 1994

World Record

Apr 18 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' world record

Historic Event

Apr 18 Former US President Richard Nixon suffers a stroke and passes away 4 days later

  • Apr 18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • Apr 18 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands [approx]
  • Apr 19 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • Apr 19 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election
  • Apr 19 US Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
  • Apr 19 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released
  • Apr 20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • Apr 20 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
  • Apr 20 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
  • Apr 20 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
  • Apr 21 Revival of William Inge's stage drama "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances

Baseball Record

Apr 21 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRs in a games (11 times)

  • Apr 21 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
  • Apr 21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi slaughtered by Hutus in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda
  • Apr 22 Borge Ousland is the 1st person on a solo and unsupported journey to reach the North Pole

Sports History

Apr 22 American figure skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500

  • Apr 22 World's largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made by BonBon, a candy factory in Home-Olstrup, Denmark; record later broken
  • Apr 22 Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Apr 23 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
  • Apr 23 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke

Presidential Convention

Apr 23 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

  • Apr 24 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 24 Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election
  • Apr 24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed

Sports History

Apr 24 David Robinson scores ties 7th highest total in the NBA - 71

  • Apr 24 NY Rangers sweep NY Islanders in NHL playoffs
  • Apr 24 NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 25 14" of snow in Southern California
  • Apr 25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, South Africa kills 10
  • Apr 25 Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed
  • Apr 25 King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • Apr 25 Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnapped
  • Apr 25 Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • Apr 26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • Apr 26 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
  • Apr 26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • Apr 26 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.

Television Premiere

Apr 26 TV series "Due South" about Canadian Mounties starring Paul Gross premieres in Canada

  • Apr 27 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Risako Sugaya, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Apr 11 Dakota Blue Richards, English actress (The Golden Compass), born in South Kensington, London

Saoirse Ronan

Apr 12 Saoirse Ronan, Irish American actress (Brooklyn, Ladybird), born in The Bronx, New York

  • Apr 12 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer (Cute), born in Gifu, Japan
  • Apr 16 Liliana Mumy, American actress (Cheaper By The Dozen; The Santa Clause; The Loud House), born in San Marcos, California
  • Apr 18 Moisés Arias, American-Colombian actor (The Kings of Summer), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Austin Rogers, American actor, born in New Port Richey, Florida
  • Apr 25 Samuel Carvalho, British activist and mental health advocate, born in Cambridge, England
  • Apr 25 Sam Fender, English singer-songwriter and actor (Seventeen Going Under), born in South Shields, England
  • Apr 25 Maggie Rogers, American singer-songwriter (Alaska), born in Easton, Maryland

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 9 Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)
  • Apr 16 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

Dudley Moore

Apr 16 British actor Dudley Moore (58) weds actress Nicole Rothschild; divorced in 1998

  • Apr 17 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
  • Apr 24 Actor Lou Diamond Phillips marries Kelly Phillips
  • Apr 26 "Mad About You" actress Leila Kenzel (33) weds Neil Monaco (34)


Apr 30 Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36)

Famous Divorces

Shannen Doherty

Apr 7 Actress Shannen Doherty files for divorce from Ashley Hamilton

Billy Joel

Apr 14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

  • Apr 15 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson

Patrick Dempsey

Apr 26 Actor Patrick Dempsey (28) divorces manager Rocky Parker after nearly 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86
  • Apr 1 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Richard Davies, actor (Pvt Buckaroo), dies of heart attack at 79
  • Apr 3 Elizabeth "Betty" Furness, American actress, journalist and consumer activist (Dangerous Corner, Studio 1), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • Apr 3 Frank G. Wells, American company director (Walt Disney Co.), dies in a helicopter crash at 62
  • Apr 3 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (discovered chromosome responsible for Downs Syndrome), dies at 67
  • Apr 3 Pat Harper, American NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Apr 4 Olga Lowina, Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69
  • Apr 4 (Virginia) "Ginny" Simms, American singer (Kay Kyser Band), actress (Night and Day), and radio star, dies of a heart attack at 80 [1]
  • Apr 5 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • Apr 5 Aubrey Joseph Watson Sr., bishop, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Marlon Riggs, American writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

Kurt Cobain

Apr 5 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 6 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist and architect (Amsterdam), dies of cardiac arrest at 54
  • Apr 6 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994), assassinated by missile strike on the plane he was travelling on over Kigali, Rwanda at 39

AssassinationJuvénal Habyarimana

Apr 6 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94), assassinated by missile strike on his plane over Kigali, Rwanda at 57

  • Apr 7 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, assassinated by the presidential guard in the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide at 40
  • Apr 7 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • Apr 7 Francois de Grossouvre, French politician and adviser to President Mitterrand, commits suicide at 76
  • Apr 7 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 70
  • Apr 7 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B singer, harmonica player, and guitarist (Dr. Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 8 Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, dies at 91
  • Apr 8 Walter Arnold, German theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • Apr 8 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • Apr 9 Cor van Dis jr. [Cornelis Nicolas van Dis jr.], Dutch politician (1971-94), dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Keith Watson, British comic strip artist (Dan Dare), dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Marcel Ichac, French director (Karakoram) and alpinist, dies at 87
  • Apr 9 Raouf Khayrat, Egyptian general-major, murdered
  • Apr 10 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Victor Afanasiev, Rus editor-in-chief of Pravda (1976-89), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 11 John Nicolaas Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair, Transavia), dies at 64
  • Apr 12 Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81
  • Apr 12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 13 Donald Benjamin Harden, British researcher, dies at 92
  • Apr 13 Nikolai Kryuchkov, Soviet Russian film actor (Telegram; Ballad of a Soldier; Town People), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 P. J. Engels, Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 70
  • Apr 13 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor & director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • Apr 14 Selometsi Baholo, vice-premier of Lesotho, murdered
  • Apr 14 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
  • Apr 15 John Curry, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • Apr 15 Walter Clegg, British politician, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Apr 16 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Ron Vawter, American actor (Roy Cohn; The Silence of the Lambs), dies at 45
  • Apr 16 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), dies at 70
  • Apr 17 Peter Hacker, American journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • Apr 18 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 18 Bill Rexford, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series championship 1950, youngest Cup champion [23]), dies at 67
  • Apr 19 Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 19 Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87
  • Apr 19 Michael Carreras, film Director, dies at 67
  • Apr 19 Michel van Rooy, Dutch actor (Doctor Vlimmen, The Attack), dies at 43
  • Apr 20 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Apr 21 Clement Merk, animal trainer, dies at 93
  • Apr 22 Denis Pitts, English journalist, dies at 64
  • Apr 22 Jack Bently, English trombonist, dies at 80

Richard Nixon

Apr 22 Richard Nixon, American politician (37th US President (Republican 1969-74; Vice-President, 1953-61; US Senator from California, 1950-53) and navy veteran, dies of a stroke at 81

  • Apr 22 Hans Burkhardt, Swiss-American artist, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
  • Apr 23 Cecile Dreesmann, Dutch textile artist & son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
  • Apr 25 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Apr 25 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • Apr 25 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 26 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • Apr 26 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 27 John Preston, American writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • Apr 27 Lynne Frederick, English actress (Trail of Pink Panther), dies at 39
  • Apr 29 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), dies of natural causes at 81
  • Apr 29 Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Italian set designer (Last Emperor), dies at 53
  • Apr 30 Geoffrey Roberts, English wine merchant (championed Australian and Californian wines), dies at 46
  • Apr 30 Richard Scarry, American children's book writer and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), dies at 74
  • Apr 30 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31