What Happened in April 1996

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse, 76-67; Wildcats' 6th national championship
  • Apr 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • Apr 1 Veteran American MLB umpire John McSheery dies of heart attack while umpiring on Opening Day at the Cincinnati Reds' Riverfront Stadium; he was 51
  • Apr 1 The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • Apr 2 Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game, a 10-6 win at Minnesota Twins; longest duration in MLB history without a stolen base

Sports History

Apr 2 Sri Lankan cricket batsman Sanath Jayasuriya hits century in 48 balls (134 off 65), in 34 run win over Pakistan in Singapore; world ODI record

  • Apr 2 Vancouver Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-103 at General Motors Place Arena to end their NBA single-season record 23-game consecutive loss streak

Album Release

Apr 2 Capitol Records releases "10 Song Demo", the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. co-produced by Cash and husband John Leventhal

  • Apr 3 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • Apr 3 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1

Sports History

Apr 3 Cricketer Rahul Dravid makes his international debut for India in an ODI against Sri Lanka

Music History

Apr 4 Revival of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's stage drama "Inherit the Wind", starring George C. Scott and Charles Durning, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances

  • Apr 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin, Texas on KJFK 98.9 FM
  • Apr 5 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

Film & TV History

Apr 6 American actor Marlon Brando makes anti-Semitic remarks about Hollywood on "Larry King Live", stating that the 'Jews control Hollywood'

  • Apr 6 American baseball player Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

Golf Tournament

Apr 7 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th event title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

  • Apr 7 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore
  • Apr 7 Pakistan beats Sri Lanka to win Cricket's Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 10 Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia
  • Apr 11 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy, premieres at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 781 performances
  • Apr 11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season

Music Concert

Apr 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Robin Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Kenny Kirkland

  • Apr 13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • Apr 13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 60th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Masters and 6th and final major title, 5 strokes ahead of Greg Norman of Australia

  • Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games

Theatrical Finale

Apr 14 Trish Vradenburg's play "Apple Doesn't Fall.." directed by Leonard Nimoy opens and closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Sports History

Apr 15 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya takes centenary men's title in 2:09:15.9; 3-peat for Uta Pippig of Germany in women's race in 2:27:12

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

  • Apr 18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • Apr 19 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • Apr 19 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
  • Apr 20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • Apr 20 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • Apr 21 "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin beats Japan’s Isao Aoki by 2 strokes for his first of 4 Senior PGA Championships
  • Apr 21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • Apr 21 Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup
  • Apr 21 Wayne James scores 99 & 99 & ct 11 stp 2 in Logan Cup Final
  • Apr 23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno NV on KRZQ 96.5 FM
  • Apr 23 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 23 49th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Sense and Sensibility" Best Film, Michael Radford Best Director
  • Apr 23 42nd British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "Cracker" Best Drama
  • Apr 23 US docuseries "Forensic Files" (Medical Detectives) premieres on TLC Network
  • Apr 24 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances
  • Apr 24 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win
  • Apr 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • Apr 24 The UN and Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq's possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
  • Apr 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Apr 26 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
  • Apr 26 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
  • Apr 27 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions won by Dave D'Entremont
  • Apr 28 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Apr 28 In Australia's worst massacre in modern history, Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Leads to a compulsory gun buy back program and major changes to gun control laws.

Film Release

Apr 29 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

  • Apr 29 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno CA on KFRR 104.1 FM
  • Apr 30 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Apr 30 Dutch Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 30 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids MI on WKLQ 94.5 FM

Historic Event

Apr 30 US President Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles [Nick Kyrgios] 2022), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Apr 12 Georgia Hall, British golfer (British Open 2018), born in Bournemouth, England
  • Apr 12 Matteo Berrettini, Italian tennis player (Wimbledon 2021 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 14 Abigail Breslin, American child actress, born in New York
  • Apr 16 Lin Yun, Chinese actress (The Mermaid), born in Huzhou, China
  • Apr 16 Anya Taylor-Joy, British-Argentine actress (Emma, The Queen's Gambit), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 17 Dee Dee Davis, American actress, born in Culver City, California
  • Apr 18 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 23 Josh Kiszka, American vocalist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Apr 23 Jake Kiszka, American guitarist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Ashleigh Barty, Australian tennis player (French Open 2019; Wimbledon 2021; Australian Open 2022; WTA Finals 2019, World #1 2019-22), born in Ipswich, Australia
  • Apr 25 Allisyn Ashley Arm, American child actress (Sonny with a Chance), born in Glendale, California

Famous Weddings

Hugh Jackman

Apr 11 Actor Hugh Jackman (27) weds actress Deborra-Lee Furness (41) at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria

Dennis Hopper

Apr 12 Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church

  • Apr 16 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • Apr 27 Soap opera actor Lorenzo Lamas (38) weds Playboy model and actress Shauna Sand (24) in Rockland County, New York

Nadia Comăneci

Apr 27 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania

Wedding of Interest

Apr 27 Actress Robin Wright (30) weds actor Sean Penn (35) in Santa Monica, California


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alfredo Nobre Coast, Prime Minister of Portugal (1978), dies
  • Apr 1 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • Apr 1 John Alwyne Kitching, British zoologist, dies at 87
  • Apr 1 Mário Viegas, Portuguese actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy, Funeral of Patrao), dies at 47
  • Apr 1 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • Apr 1 John McSherry, American MLB baseball umpire, 1971-96 (World Series - 1977, 87; All-Star Game - 1975, 82, 91), dies of a heart attack behind the plate on Opening Day in Cincinnati, Ohio at 51
  • Apr 2 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Carl Stokes, first African American mayor of a major US city (Cleveland), dies at 68
  • Apr 3 Ron Brown, American politician (US Secretary of Commerce, 1993-96; Democratic Party Chairman, 1989-93), dies in an air crash approaching Dubrovnik, Croatia, at 54
  • Apr 3 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Joy Newton, British ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Larry Laprise, American songwriter (The Hokey-Pokey Dance [disputed]), dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Seumas MacNeill, Scottish bagpiper, and educator (College of Bagpipes), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 (Henry) "Barney" Ewell, American track and field athlete (Olympics, 1948 - gold and 2 silver), dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian, dies at 67

Greer Garson

Apr 6 Greer Garson, British actress (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mrs Miniver), dies at 92

  • Apr 6 Gordon Clough, English journalist (BBC Radio 4), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue) dies from a pulmonary embolism and breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 7 Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59
  • Apr 7 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, dies at 87
  • Apr 8 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
  • Apr 8 Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
  • Apr 8 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • Apr 8 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 9 James Rouse, American builder (founder of The Rouse Company), dies at 81
  • Apr 9 Maisie Fitter, editor and conservationist, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Richard Condon, American author (The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 81
  • Apr 9 Sandy Becker, NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 95
  • Apr 11 Daniel Wolf, American journalist, dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Edwin Clarke, British neurologist, medical historian,and museum keeper, dies of pancreatic cancer at 76
  • Apr 11 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (attempting to become the youngest person to fly a light utility aircraft across the United States), crashed at 7
  • Apr 11 Louis Osman, British artist, goldsmith, architect, and craftsman, dies at 82
  • Apr 11 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, French advertising magnate and Founder of Publicis Groupe, dies at 89
  • Apr 12 Marthe Robert, French essayist and translator who influenced Sigmund Freud, dies at 82
  • Apr 12 William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, dies at 63
  • Apr 13 Denis Sargan, British econometrician, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet, dies at 74
  • Apr 13 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, Irish-American gangster, dies at 64
  • Apr 13 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), dies at 90
  • Apr 14 Gaylord Birch, American drummer (Pointer Sisters; Herbie Hancock), dies of cancer at 50
  • Apr 14 Manuel "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • Apr 14 Mervyn Levy, Welsh artist and critic, dies at 81
  • Apr 14 William K. Everson, English American film historian, dies at 67
  • Apr 14 James Sargent Russell, US pilot and admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean), dies at 93
  • Apr 15 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • Apr 16 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, dies at 89
  • Apr 16 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • Apr 16 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), dies at 86
  • Apr 16 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), dies at 67
  • Apr 17 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), dies at 82
  • Apr 17 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
  • Apr 18 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Apr 18 Kalim Siddiqui, Pakistani-British writer & Islamic activist, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • Apr 18 Piet Hein, Danish polymath, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Bernard Edwards, American funk and disco bass player (Chic - "Le Freak"; "Good Times"), dies of pneumonia at 44
  • Apr 19 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), dies at 88
  • Apr 20 Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
  • Apr 20 Trần Văn Trà [Nguyễn Chấn], North Vietnamese military leader, dies at 77 or 78
  • Apr 21 A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • Apr 21 Dzhokhar Dudayev, separatist leader and President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1991), dies at 52
  • Apr 21 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Apr 21 Robert Hersant, press baron, dies at 76
  • Apr 21 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, dies at 93
  • Apr 21 Zora Arkus-Duntov,Belgian-American automotive engineer, known as "the Father of the Corevette", dies at 86
  • Apr 22 David Shipman, English film historian, dies at 63
  • Apr 22 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Greener over the Septic Tank), dies at 69
  • Apr 22 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician & Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), dies at 61
  • Apr 22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • Apr 23 P. L. Travers, Australian-English writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Jean Victor Allard, Canadian army general, dies at 82
  • Apr 24 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), dies of natural causes at 83
  • Apr 25 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, Barbadian lawyer, civil rights activist and parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • Apr 25 John Lorne Campbell, Scottish folklorist, dies at 90
  • Apr 25 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • Apr 26 Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
  • Apr 26 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter, dies at 78
  • Apr 27 Joan Sterndale-Bennett, British actress (Brighton Rock, Those Fantastic Flying Fools), dies at 82
  • Apr 27 William Egan Colby, C.I.A. director, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), dies at 84
  • Apr 28 Henry Clarke, American fashion photographer, dies at 78
  • Apr 28 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, Guatemalan politician, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 William Colby, American intelligence officer (CIA Director, 1973-76), dies at 76
  • Apr 29 David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • Apr 29 Siti Hartinah, Second First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • Apr 29 Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
  • Apr 29 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • Apr 30 David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • Apr 30 David Opatoshu [Opatovsky], American actor and writer (Star Trek, Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive, dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, President of Guatemala (1966-70), dies
  • Apr 30 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), dies at 67