What Happened in April 1999

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars becomes 10th player in NBA history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of 8 to play 1,000 games with his only team; scores 18 points in 107-75 rout of Chicago Bulls
  • Apr 1 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • Apr 1 Philadelphia 76ers head coach Larry Brown wins his 900th pro game with an 88-84 win over Miami Heat; Brown record: 671-547 NBA, 229-107 ABA, combined 900-654

Historic Event

Apr 4 Jack Ma founds Chinese internet company Alibaba

Sports History

Apr 4 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Graham Marsh of Australia wins his second Champions Tour major by 3 strokes from Larry Nelson

  • Apr 5 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

Music Premiere

Apr 6 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End; transfers twice to other venues; run interrupted by Covid-19 in March of 2020

  • Apr 7 The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
  • Apr 8 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated at the airport in Niamey, Niger
  • Apr 10 152nd Grand National: Irish 10/1 shot Bobbyjo, ridden by jockey Paul Carberry wins by 10 lengths from Blue Charm

BAFTA Awards

Apr 11 52nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Shakespeare in Love" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 63rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: José María Olazábal of Spain wins his second Masters title, 2 strokes ahead of Davis Love III and 3 from of Greg Norman

  • Apr 11 Neil Jenkins converts a Scott Gibbs try to give Wales a famous, 32-31 win over England at Wembley Stadium; allows Scotland to win final Five Nations Rugby Championship; reverts to 6 teams in 2000

Historic Event

Apr 12 US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

  • Apr 14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history
  • Apr 14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed
  • Apr 17 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns

Music Concert

Apr 17 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Don Henley, Ricky Martin and Charles Aznavour

  • Apr 18 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Allen Doyle wins first of 4 Senior PGA major titles with a 2 stroke margin over runner-up Vicente Fernández of Argentina

Sports History

Apr 18 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Apr 19 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya takes men's title in 2:09:52; 3-peat for Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia in women's race in 2:23:25
  • Apr 19 German Reichstag reopens with new glass dome by architect Norman Foster
  • Apr 19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
  • Apr 20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • Apr 22 Luis Garavito [The Beast, Tribilín], Colombian serial killer described as "the world's worst serial killer" (138-300+ victims) apprehended
  • Apr 29 Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
  • Apr 30 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Audrey Nuna [Chu], Korean-American R&B singer and rapper ("Comic Sans"), born in New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Sam Kiszka, American bass player (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Apr 4 Sheku Kanneh-Mason, British classical cellist (the Chineke! Orchestra; The Kanneh-Masons), born in Nottingham, England
  • Apr 8 Isaac Hempstead Wright, English actor (Bran in Game of Thrones), born in Surrey, England

Lil Nas X

Apr 9 Lil Nas X [Montero Lamar Hill], American singer-songwriter and rapper (Old Town Road), born in Lithia Springs, Georgia

  • Apr 14 Chase Young American NFL player (Washington Commanders), born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Famous Weddings

Wayne Brady

Apr 5 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Jesse Stone, American R&B pianist, songwriter (Shake, Rattle and Roll), arranger, and record producer, dies at 97
  • Apr 1 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), dies from stroke-related complications at 81
  • Apr 2 Andrew Gardner, British newscaster (News at Ten), dies in flight en route to Madeira at 66
  • Apr 3 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), dies at 84
  • Apr 4 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cy Young Award 1959 Chicago WS; MLB wins leader 1954, 59; 9 x MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Apr 4 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), dies at 74
  • Apr 5 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 6 Gene Benson, American baseball outfielder (Negro League All-Star 1940, 45-46), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Red Norvo [Kenneth Norville], American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues; Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • Apr 6 William Pleeth, British cellist and teacher (of Jacqueline du Pré), dies of leukemia at 83
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general, assassinated at 49
  • Apr 10 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 10 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Apr 12 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer ("King Of The Road"), dies of leukemia at 67
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player, dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Willi Stoph, German politician (Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic, 1964-73), dies at 84
  • Apr 14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • Apr 14 Ellen Corby [Hansen], American actress (The Waltons, Vertigo, Caged), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Apr 15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer & racing car designer, dies at 55
  • Apr 16 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • Apr 16 Laurence Kirwan, British archaeologist (Sudan and Egyptian Nubia), dies at 91
  • Apr 18 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician & philosopher, dies at 66
  • Apr 19 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • Apr 19 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal and female camp guard at Ravensbrück and Majdanek concentration camps, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 "Ravishing" Rick Rude, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • Apr 20 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), dies at 18
  • Apr 20 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, dies at 103
  • Apr 20 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Apr 21 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American film actor (Wings), singer, and dance bandleader, dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), dies at 60
  • Apr 22 Chan Canasta, Polish-born magician & mindreader, dies at 79
  • Apr 23 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin, MBE, TD, Irish journalist, author, sports official (6th President International Olympic Committee 1972-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), dies during his brother's apparent murder-suicide at 47
  • Apr 26 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • Apr 26 Jill Dando, British television presenter, dies at 37
  • Apr 27 Al Hirt, American jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), dies of liver failure at 76
  • Apr 27 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), dies at 84
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager, dies at 79

Arthur Leonard Schawlow

Apr 28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • Apr 28 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), dies of emphysema at 76
  • Apr 28 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 29 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet, 1948-58), dies at 98
  • Apr 29 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • Apr 30 Darrell Sweet, British hard rock drummer (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), dies of a heart attack at a concert soundcheck at 51