On This Day

What Happened in April 1995

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York on WNVE at 95.1 and 95.5 FM
  • Apr 1 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency begins charging $15 service fee
  • Apr 1 New York Islanders retire Swedish right wing Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
  • Apr 1 Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 12.94 seconds in 2-1 win at Everton
  • Apr 2 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-64; Huskies' first NCAA title, completing first undefeated season since 1986 Texas

Golf Tournament

Apr 2 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: 2-time champion Jack Nicklaus wins with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against Isao Aoki

  • Apr 2 NY Police Department & NY Transit Police merge into one organization
  • Apr 2 North & Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
  • Apr 2 Longest strike in American major league sports history (232 days) ends as MLB owners accept players’ offer to return to work without a contract; MLB is first major pro sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles
  • Apr 2 Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

  • Apr 3 57th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Arkansas, 89-78; Bruins' 11th national title

Film & TV History

Apr 3 Howard Stern gets in trouble for disparaging remarks about Selena

  • Apr 5 Pages of Codex Argenteus (the Silver Bible), the oldest text in the Gothic language (5th century) stolen from Uppsala University Library, Sweden in broad daylight (recovered a month later)
  • Apr 6 "Having Our Say" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Apr 7 Baseball exhibition season begins late due to strike
  • Apr 8 BPAA US Open won by Dave Husted

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 8 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 8 American Bruce Seldon defeats by RTD over Tony Tucker in 7 rounds to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 8 148th Grand National: Irish rider Jason Titley wins aboard 40/1 outsider Royal Athlete; trainer Jenny Pitman's second GN victory
  • Apr 9 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 9 59th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins his 2nd Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Davis Love III
  • Apr 10 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Apr 10 NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more

Music Concert

Apr 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, and Geoffrey Oryema

  • Apr 13 Yankees beat the Mets 2-0
  • Apr 14 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah
  • Apr 16 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Raymond Floyd wins by 5 strokes from fellow Americans John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert and Lee Trevino
  • Apr 17 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event in 2:25:11
  • Apr 18 Houston Post folds after 116 years

Sports History

Apr 18 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

  • Apr 19 Chopper 4 1st used on WNBC TV (NYC) news

Historic Event

Apr 19 Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500

  • Apr 21 Boston Celtics final regular season game at Boston Garden, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • Apr 21 FBI arrests Timothy McVeigh and charge him with the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Apr 21 British sitcom "Father Ted" written by Arthur Mathews & Graham Linehan, starring Dermot Morgan premieres on Channel 4
  • Apr 22 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Aulby

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 22 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas

  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

Historic Event

Apr 23 President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City

Sports History

Apr 24 Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

  • Apr 24 Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98
  • Apr 24 Package bomb, linked to Unabomber, blows up killing Gilbert B Murray
  • Apr 25 "A Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater, NYC; runs for 79 performances
  • Apr 26 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • Apr 26 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
  • Apr 27 "Indiscretions" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Apr 28 Gas explosion in South Korean metro, 103 die
  • Apr 28 Sri Lankaan BAE748 crashes at Palaly, 52 die
  • Apr 29 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV
  • Apr 29 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat
  • Apr 29 Longest sausage ever, at 28.77 miles, made in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 30 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • Apr 30 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Apr 30 "The Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Apr 30 After 120 years the last 15 A & S department stores close

Famous Birthdays

Logan Paul

Apr 1 Logan Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Westlake, Ohio

  • Apr 3 BONZIE [Nina Ferraro], American indie rock singer-songwriter and musician born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Apr 12 Jennifer Brady, American tennis player (Australian Open 2021 runner-up), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 14 Baker Mayfield, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2017, U of Oklahoma; 2018 NFL Draft #1 pick Cleveland Browns), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 17 Paulie Litt, American actor, born in New Jersey
  • Apr 17 Phoebe Dynevor, English actress (Bridgerton), born in Trafford, England
  • Apr 23 Gigi Hadid [Jelena Noura Hadid], American fashion model, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 27 Nick Kyrgios, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles [Thanasi Kokkinakis] 2022; Wimbledon 2022 runner-up; Hopman Cup 2016), born in Canberra, Australia

Famous Weddings

Neve Campbell

Apr 3 Canadian actress Neve Campbell (21) weds Canadian bartender and actor Jeff Colt; divorce in 1998

  • Apr 22 "Extra" TV co-host Arthel Neville (32) weds Carolina Panther running back Derrick Lassic (25) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Tupac Shakur

Apr 29 American rapper Tupac Shakur (23) marries law student Keisha Morris; divorce in 1996

Rosanne Cash

Apr 30 American country singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (39) weds record producer John Leventhal (42)


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer, dies at 50
  • Apr 1 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, dies at 93
  • Apr 1 Sampson DeBrier, actor (Inauguration of Pleasure Dome), dies at 86
  • Apr 1 H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer (Alpine Club President 1954-58; editor American Alpine Journal 1960-95), dies at 80
  • Apr 2 Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86
  • Apr 2 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis at 90
  • Apr 2 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • Apr 2 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • Apr 3 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur, dies at 86
  • Apr 3 Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (Operation Mata Hari), dies at 66
  • Apr 4 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], British TV personality and disc Jockey, dies at 50 of an AIDS related illness
  • Apr 4 Priscilla Lane [Mullican], American actress (Saboteur; Arsenic and Old Lace:, Bodyguard), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • Apr 4 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Christian Pineau, French politician, dies
  • Apr 6 Vieno J Sukselainen, Prime Minister of Finland (1959-61), dies
  • Apr 7 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Philip Vincent Belloc Jebb, architect, dies at 68
  • Apr 8 Maurice Allom, English cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies at 89
  • Apr 9 Jim Bullock, English colliery manager, unionist and reformist, dies at 92
  • Apr 10 Chen Yun, Chinese political leader during and after the Chinese Civil War, considered one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, dies at 89
  • Apr 10 Glyn Jones, Welsh writer, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Gunter Guillaume, German politician, dies
  • Apr 10 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), dies at 99
  • Apr 10 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer, dies at 85
  • Apr 12 Chris Pyne, British jazz, touring, and session trombonist (Mike Gibbs; Ronnnie Scott; Humphrey Lyttelton), dies at 56
  • Apr 13 Edward Henderson, British diplomat, dies at 77
  • Apr 14 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Advent), dies at 89
  • Apr 14 Burl Ives, American folk singer ("A Little Bitty Tear"; "Silver And Gold"), actor (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), and snowman (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), dies from complications of mouth cancer at 85
  • Apr 14 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, dies at 89
  • Apr 15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • Apr 15 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, dies at 91
  • Apr 16 Arthur English, British comedian and actor (Malachi's Cove, Are You Being Served?), dies of complications from emphysema at 75
  • Apr 16 Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon, commits suicide
  • Apr 16 Cyril Enfield, film Director, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster, dies at 86
  • Apr 16 Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • Apr 17 Anton Murray, South African cricket all-rounder (10 Tests; 1 x 100; 18 wickets), dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (Philip Morris USA), dies at 66
  • Apr 18 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President of Argentina (1958-62), dies at 86
  • Apr 19 "King" Herbert Whitaker, American R&B tenor saxophonist, dies at 66
  • Apr 19 Igor Hajek, Czech translator and writer, dies at 64
  • Apr 19 J. Peter Grace, American businessman and industrialist,, dies from cancer at 81
  • Apr 19 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/Orientalist, dies at 70

Milovan Djilas

Apr 20 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), dies at 83

  • Apr 20 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • Apr 20 Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
  • Apr 20 Tessie O'Shea, Welsh stage and screen entertainer, dies at 81
  • Apr 21 Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (1927-37), dies at 93
  • Apr 21 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman, dies at 61
  • Apr 22 Don Pullen, American pianist & composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 22 Maggie Kuhn, American activist & co-founder (Gray Panthers), dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Pier Tania (Meinte Piet), Dutch radio/TV host (ANP, De Bezetting), dies at 70
  • Apr 23 Howard Cosell, American sports journalist (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 John Stennis, American politician (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
  • Apr 23 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66
  • Apr 23 Robert Selby Taylor, Anglican bishop, dies at 86
  • Apr 24 Douglas Gunsekera, banker, dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Art Fleming [Fazzin], American actor, and TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1964-75, 1978-79), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70

Ginger Rogers

Apr 25 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American vaudeville, stage and screen dancer, singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), dies at 83

  • Apr 25 Joseph Heifitz [Iosif Kheifits], Belarusian-Soviet film director, dies at 89
  • Apr 26 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor & author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • Apr 26 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer & judge, dies at 65
  • Apr 27 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Andrew Salkey, Panamanian-born novelist, dies at 67
  • Apr 28 Henry C. Rogers, American publicist, dies at 81
  • Apr 28 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • Apr 29 Robert Gibb, British zoo and theme park creator (Flamingo Land; Pleasure Island), dies in a car accident at 57
  • Apr 29 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, dies at 79
  • Apr 30 Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival king, dies at 34