On This Day

Historical Events on April 1 (Part 2)

  • 1990 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn, 88-81; Cardinal point guard Jennifer Azzi MOP
  • 1990 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1990 WrestleMania VI, Skydome, Toronto, ON (67,678): Ultimate Warrior beats Hulk Hogan for WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wIns the second of her 3 DS events, 2 strokes ahead of Shirley Furlong and Kathy Postlewait

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1991 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • 1991 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • 1991 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • 1991 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • 1991 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas, 72-65; Blue Devils' first title; power forward Christian Laettner MOP
  • 1992 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • 1992 Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs probation
  • 1992 NHL players begin first strike in 75-year history; 10 day action earns large playoff bonus increase, more control over licensing of their likenesses and changes to free agency system
  • 1992 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
  • 1992 Sheffield Shield Men's Cricket Final, Perth: West Australia beats NSW by 44 runs; Justin Langer 149
  • 1992 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1993 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III

  • 1993 Reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki perishes in a private plane crash en route to Bristol for the Food City 500
  • 1995 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency begins charging $15 service fee
  • 1995 New York Islanders retire Swedish right wing Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
  • 1995 Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 12.94 seconds in 2-1 win at Everton
  • 1996 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse, 76-67; Wildcats' 6th national championship
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • 1996 Veteran American MLB umpire John McSheery dies of heart attack while umpiring on Opening Day at the Cincinnati Reds' Riverfront Stadium; he was 51
  • 1996 The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • 1997 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • 1997 Shell Oil confirms it will declare force majeure at its Nigerian Bonny terminal due to local protests which disrupted 210 million barrels per day of the company's oil production
  • 1999 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • 1999 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
  • 1999 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
  • 2000 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
  • 2000 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
  • 2001 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue, 68-66; Fighting Irish forward Ruth Riley is named Most Outstanding Player
  • 2001 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2001 WrestleMania XVII, Astrodome, Houston, TX: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson

  • 2002 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana, 64-52; Terrapins' first title in first title game
  • 2002 The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
  • 2002 "Stop to Love" compilation album by Luther Vandross is released
  • 2004 Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with skepticism on account of the launch date
  • 2006 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Morgan Pressel wins by 1 from Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew & Suzann Pettersen; youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major at 18 years, 313 days

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2007 WrestleMania XXIII, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: John Cena beats Shawn Michaels; The Undertaker defeats Batista; Bobby Lashley downs Umaga

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2007 American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

  • 2008 New York Yankees set a MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener, 3-2 against Toronto Blue Jays
  • 2009 Croatia and Albania join NATO
  • 2011 After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

  • 2012 Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
  • 2012 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 47th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sun-Young Yoo wins sudden-death playoff on 1st extra hole after I.K. Kim misses a one-foot putt on the 72nd hole for the win
  • 2012 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: The Rock defeats John Cena, titled "Once in a Lifetime"
  • 2013 9 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Tikrit, Iraq
  • 2013 The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
  • 2014 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl
  • 2015 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula
  • 2016 The Golden State Warriors NBA record winning home run ends at 54 games with a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics; the loss at Oracle Arena was the Warriors’ first since January 2015

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2017 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 2017 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • 2018 37th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Mississippi State, 61-58; Fighting Irish forward Jessica Shepard, 19 points
  • 2019 China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May
  • 2019 Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year

JapanReiwa Era

2019 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito

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Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era
Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era "Reiwa" to reporters
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  • 2019 Major archaeological site announced discovered on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in Andes, dated 8th and 10th centuries AD from Tiwanaku state
  • 2019 Methane, a gas usually made by living things, detected on Mars in 2013 by European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported in "Nature Geoscience"
  • 2019 US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores
  • 2020 All England Lawn Tennis Club cancels Wimbledon for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic; entire grass-court season abandoned

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight Coronavirus COVID-19

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump