On This Day

Historical Events in April 1990

  • Apr 1 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 1 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA Tour by 4 strokes from Gary Player

  • Apr 1 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn, 88-81; Cardinal point guard Jennifer Azzi MOP
  • Apr 1 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 1 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

Apr 1 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
  • Apr 2 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke, 103-73; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title
  • Apr 4 "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

  • Apr 4 Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • Apr 5 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Apr 7 BPAA US Open by Ron Palombi Jr
  • Apr 7 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others
  • Apr 7 John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal

  • Apr 7 Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations
  • Apr 7 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary
  • Apr 7 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • Apr 7 144th Grand National: Marcus Armytage aboard 16/1 bet Mr Frisk wins in race record 8m 47.8s; 2 equine fatalities during the race
  • Apr 8 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Apr 8 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

Filmmaker David Lynch
Filmmaker
David Lynch

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 8 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 8 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
  • Apr 8 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • Apr 8 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • Apr 9 "Capital News" starring Lloyd Bridges premieres on ABC-TV

AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 9 Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with Yankees

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Apr 9 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • Apr 9 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
  • Apr 10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • Apr 10 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
  • Apr 11 MLB California Angels Mark Langston & Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
  • Apr 11 NY Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)
  • Apr 11 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary playoffs
  • Apr 11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

  • Apr 12 H. J. Heinz, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee Seafood say they wouldn't buy tuna caught in nets that trap dolphins
  • Apr 12 Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months for weapon and drug related convictions

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Apr 12 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for the Holocaust and asks for forgiveness

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 12 Anime TV series "Moomin", based on Moomin children's books by Tove Jansson 1st appears on Tokyo TV

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • Apr 13 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • Apr 13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • Apr 13 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • Apr 15 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
  • Apr 15 Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v England), combination best

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 16 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • Apr 16 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
  • Apr 16 Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
  • Apr 17 Gas explosion on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
  • Apr 18 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
  • Apr 18 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • Apr 18 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • Apr 19 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas & incoming government agree to truce n Nicaragua's civil war

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time

Actress and Model Marla Maples
Actress and Model
Marla Maples
  • Apr 19 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 20 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • Apr 21 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
  • Apr 21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • Apr 21 Reds win running their record to 9-0, best start in club history
  • Apr 22 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Apr 22 Lebanon release US hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months
  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 24 Brian Friel's play "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin (Tony Award Best Play)
  • Apr 24 Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies
  • Apr 24 STS-31 launches, the 35th mission of the US Space Shuttle program, carrying the Hubble space telescope
  • Apr 24 West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
  • Apr 24 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 25 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • Apr 25 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery
  • Apr 25 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a 6-year term as Nicaragua's president
  • Apr 25 Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is abducted by Triad members
  • Apr 26 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Apr 26 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • Apr 26 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
  • Apr 26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 27 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • Apr 27 Villanova's women set a 6,000 m relay world record of 17:18:10
  • Apr 28 "Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 6,137 performances
  • Apr 28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • Apr 28 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions: Dave Ferraro beats Tony Westlake, 226–203
  • Apr 28 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)
  • Apr 29 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Apr 29 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement
  • Apr 29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • Apr 29 US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space
  • Apr 30 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • Apr 30 Seattle's Brian Holman's perfect game broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Apr 30 US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians