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Historical Events in April 1991

  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 1 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas, 72-65; Blue Devils' first title; power forward Christian Laettner MOP
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 "Penn and Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
Teller
Magician and Author Penn Jillette
Magician and Author
Penn Jillette
  • Apr 3 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
  • Apr 5 Detroit Pistons Joe Dumaars ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Apr 5 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida

  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 months by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Apr 6 145th Grand National: In Canadian distillery Seagram's final year of race sponsorship, New Zealand-bred chestnut gelding Seagram wins, ridden by Nigel Hawke
  • Apr 7 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 7 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 4 event titles by 1 stroke from Jim Colbert, Jim Dent & Phil Rodgers

  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge (connecting New York City with Fort Lee, New Jersey, over the Hudson River) raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 8 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 8 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • Apr 8 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 10 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)

  • Apr 10 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • Apr 10 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 11 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • Apr 11 NYC's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio & Television"
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 14 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • Apr 14 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 55th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Welshman Ian Woosnam wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of José María Olazábal; 4th straight year the Masters champion is from the UK
  • Apr 14 Chic Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minn North Stars)
  • Apr 15 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins his 2nd men's title in 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion in 2:24:18
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
  • Apr 15 Former child actor Adam Rich (Eight Is Enough) charged with burglary

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 15 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Apr 15 New York State raises maximum unemployment benefits to $280 per week

  • Apr 15 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • Apr 15 Dutch checker Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 16 Leander & Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • Apr 16 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 18 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • Apr 21 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • Apr 21 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines

  • Apr 21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • Apr 22 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Intel releases 486SX chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from "The Tonight Show"

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • Apr 22 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn & Queens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Björn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after an 8 year lay off without practising or playing any exhibition matches

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Apr 23 Outstanding West Indian cricket opening batsman Gordon Greenidge scores 226 in his final Test innings at home in Bridgetown, Barbados; WI win 4th Test v Australia by 343 runs
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • Apr 25 Iraq announces it expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • Apr 26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics
  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched
  • Apr 29 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 29 Cyclone strikes the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless
  • Apr 29 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100
  • Apr 29 "Don't Rock the Jukebox" single released by Alan Jackson (ASCAP Award Country Song of the Year, 1992; Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)