On This Day

Historical Events in April 1988

  • Apr 2 West Indies cricket fast bowling great Curtly Ambrose makes his debut in 9 wicket 1st Test defeat to Pakistan in Georgetown, Guyana; low key debut with 2-108
  • Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Amy Alcott wins the 2nd of her 3 DS events, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Colleen Walker
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Auburn, 56-54; Lady Techsters Erica Westbrooks MOP

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Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Oklahoma, 83-79; Jayhawks power forward Danny Manning named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 4 Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards)
  • Apr 4 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • Apr 4 Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 7 Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan

  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 9 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Irish jockey Brendan Powell wins aboard 10/1 shot Rhyme 'n' Reason by 4 lengths from Durham Edition
  • Apr 10 52nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle claims his second major title with a birdie on the 72nd hole to win by 1 stroke over Mark Calcavecchia
  • Apr 10 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Leonard Part 6" wins
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 11 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round

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Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Apr 12 Harvard University patents a genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 12 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs California
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia

  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 20 Baltimore Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 20 Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 24 NFL Draft: Auburn tight end Aundray Bruce first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" goes on location to Jerusalem Israel
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al L√≥pez was 1st)
  • Apr 28 "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 29 Baltimore Orioles end their record 21-game losing streak by beating the White Sox 9-0
  • Apr 30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • Apr 30 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec
  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

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Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion