What Happened in April 1998

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • Apr 12 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 18 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director
  • 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 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • Apr 22 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Paris Jackson, American actress and daughter of Michael Jackson, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Elle Fanning, American Actress
  • Apr 24 Ryan Newman, American actress (Zeke and Luther), born in Manhattan Beach, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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 2 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 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 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Person of interestPol Pot

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

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77

Person of interestLinda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 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 (b. 1940)
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91
  • 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, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)