On This Day

What Happened in April 2000

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 American boxer Chris Byrd wins WBO Heavyweight title when Ukrainian champion Vitali Klitschko retires with a shoulder injury at the end of the 9th round in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 1 Michelle Kwan pushes through all 7 triple jumps at the Palais des Exposition in Nice, France to become the first American since Peggy Flemming to win 3 world figure skating titles
  • Apr 2 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 71-52; Huskies' point guard Shea Ralph is named the Most Outstanding Player

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XVI, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA: Triple H beats The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show in a 4-way elimination match for the WWF Heavyweight tile

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock

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Apr 2 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Kite wins his lone Champions Tour major with birdie on 6th playoff hole with Tom Watson & Larry Nelson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Apr 2 Atlanta center Ray Ferraro scores a goal and added 2 assists as the Thrashers end an NHL record 17-game home winless streak (0-15-2) with a 5-4 win against the visiting New York Islanders
  • Apr 2 Adam Gilchrist takes his 10th catch in the 3rd cricket Test against New Zealand in Hamilton to create an Australian record for dismissals by a wicketkeeper; Australia wins by 6 wickets for 3-0 series sweep
  • Apr 3 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida, 89-76; Spartans only top-4 seed to advance to the Final Four
  • Apr 7 South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje is charged by Delhi police with fixing One Day International matches against India
  • Apr 8 Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona
  • Apr 8 153rd Grand National: Irish 10/1 shot Papillon, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by his father Ted Walsh wins by 1¼ lengths from Mely Moss
  • Apr 9 64th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fijian Vijay Singh wins by 3 strokes from Ernie Els of South Africa
  • Apr 9 53rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "American Beauty" Best Film, Pedro Almodovar Best Director
  • Apr 11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • Apr 11 South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje is sacked after admitting dishonesty following match-fixing allegations in India

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Apr 13 "When Louis Met..." documentary by Louis Theroux premieres on BBC2 in the UK featuring Jimmy Saville

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Broadcaster
Louis Theroux

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Apr 14 Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • Apr 15 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns

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Apr 16 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Doug Tewell wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles with a convincing 7 stroke margin from the foursome of Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Apr 17 104th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Elijah Lagat wins men's race in 2:09:47; Catherine Ndereba takes women's title in 2:26:11
  • Apr 22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • Apr 22 The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Jackie Evancho, American classical crossover singer (The Debut), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestDavid Hogg

Apr 12 David Hogg, American gun control activist and author (#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line) who as a student survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, born in Parkland, Florida

Author and Gun Control Activist David Hogg
Author and Gun Control Activist
David Hogg

Person of interestChloe Kim

Apr 23 Chloe Kim, American snowboarder (Olympic Gold 2018), born in Torrance, California

Snowboarder Chloe Kim
Snowboarder
Chloe Kim

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • Apr 3 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • Apr 5 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 6 Habib Bourguiba, 1st president of Tunisia (1957-87), dies at 96

Person of interestClaire Trevor

Apr 8 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

Actress Claire Trevor
Actress
Claire Trevor
  • Apr 10 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), dies of natural causes at 79
  • Apr 10 Larry Linville, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 10 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 13 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • Apr 13 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • Apr 13 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • Apr 14 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), dies from the effects of alcoholism at 37
  • Apr 14 Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 15 Edward Gorey, American illustrator, dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 John Beck, New Zealand cricketer (lefty bat in 8 Tests for NZ 1953-56), dies at 65
  • Apr 25 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), dies at 88
  • Apr 25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 27 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer, dies at 45
  • Apr 28 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74