On This Day

What Happened in April 1998

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn wins aboard Earth Summit; first GN winner who was also successful in both Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals
  • Apr 5 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for its second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties
  • Apr 5 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • Apr 5 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Gil Morgan wins by 2 strokes from Tom Wargo
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday Agreement [Belfast Agreement] for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 62nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mark O'Meara claims his first major title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by 1 stroke from David Duval and Fred Couples

  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

Sports History

Apr 18 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director

Sports History

Apr 19 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin makes it 3 straight titles in the event with a convincing 7 stroke margin over runner-up Larry Nelson

  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men's title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women's events in 2:23:21
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Music Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

Music Concert

Apr 27 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Madonna, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, Roberta Flack, Wynonna Judd, and Tsidii Leloka


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Pleasantly Perfect, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic 2003; Dubai World Cup 2004), born in Clovelly Farms, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Paris Jackson, American actress and daughter of Michael Jackson, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 6 Peyton List, American actress (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), born in Florida
  • Apr 9 Elle Fanning, American actress (We Bought a Zoo), born in Conyers, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Ryan Newman, American actress (Zeke and Luther), born in Manhattan Beach, California

Famous Weddings

Ronan Keating

Apr 30 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • Apr 3 Rob Pilatus, American-German model, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"), dies of accidental prescription drug and alcohol overdose at 42
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 5 John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, dies at 53

Tammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), dies at 55

  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 7 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • Apr 11 Ivan Tcherepnin, American experimental and postmodern composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Pol Pot

Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) & revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

  • Apr 15 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), dies of kidney failure at 72
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77

Linda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney (née Eastman), American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek; The Magic Sword; Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91

James Earl Ray

Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70

  • Apr 24 Mel Powell [Epstein], American composer (Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1990), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer & mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher & media baron, dies at 47
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist, dies at 90
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 74 wickets, 1 x 50; Bombay), dies from cardiac arrest at 58
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)