On This Day

Historical Events in April 1992

  • Apr 1 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • Apr 1 Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs probation
  • Apr 1 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
  • Apr 1 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
  • Apr 1 Sheffield Shield Men's Cricket Final, Perth: West Australia beats NSW by 44 runs; Justin Langer 149
  • Apr 1 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
  • Apr 2 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 2 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns

Murder of Interest

Apr 2 Mafia boss John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion

  • Apr 2 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
  • Apr 3 1st exhibition game at Camden Field - Orioles beat NY Mets
  • Apr 4 Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad

Historic Event

Apr 4 Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case

  • Apr 4 Sali Berisha becomes president and Alexander Meksi premier of Albania
  • Apr 4 146th Grand National: 14/1 shot Party Politics, ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn wins by 2½ lengths from Romany King
  • Apr 5 "Search & Destroy" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Apr 5 11th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Western Kentucky, 78-62; Cardinal guard Molly Goodenbour MOP

Golf Tournament

Apr 5 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Lee Trevino win his second Champions Tour major by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 5 Game 2 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees sweep NY Mets 6-5 at Shea

Historic Event

Apr 5 Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori suspends the constitution and dissolves Congress

  • Apr 5 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president

WrestleMania

Apr 5 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (62,167): Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice by DQ; Randy Savage beats Ric Flair for WWF Heavyweight title

  • Apr 5 Serbian troops begin besieging Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which would become the longest siege in modern warfare
  • Apr 5 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 1st game at Camden Field, Balt-Orioles beat Indians 2-0
  • Apr 6 54th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan, 71-51; back-to-back titles for Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • Apr 6 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • Apr 6 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0
  • Apr 6 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • Apr 6 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
  • Apr 6 Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps
  • Apr 6 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.

Music Concert

Apr 6 George Harrison performs his final full concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, in a benefit for the transcendental mediation based Natural Law political party [1]

  • Apr 7 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • Apr 8 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances
  • Apr 8 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" publishes its final issue
  • Apr 9 Florida drops rape charges against NY Mets Gooden, Boston & Coleman

Election of Interest

Apr 9 John Major elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history

  • Apr 9 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
  • Apr 9 US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of 8 out of 10 drug and racketeering charges
  • Apr 9 William O Studeman, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 10 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 10 NHL strike ends after 10 days
  • Apr 11 BPAA US Open by Robert Lawrence
  • Apr 11 MLB Cleveland Indians set team record for long game loss to Boston Red Sox (19 innings - 6½ hr)
  • Apr 11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

Theater Premiere

Apr 12 Revival of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Alec Baldwin & Jessica Lange, opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

  • Apr 12 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Pistons 72, NY Knicks 61

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 56th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fred Couples wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd

  • Apr 12 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • Apr 12 Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France
  • Apr 12 Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
  • Apr 12 MLB Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Young no-hits Cleveland Indians, but loses 2-1
  • Apr 12 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • Apr 12 Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle
  • Apr 13 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 160 performances
  • Apr 13 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • Apr 13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • Apr 13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • Apr 13 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • Apr 13 Lou Carnesecca retires as coach of St John's basketball team
  • Apr 13 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (NY Yanks 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yanks score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
  • Apr 14 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" starring Nathan Lane, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1143 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards
  • Apr 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • Apr 14 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
  • Apr 14 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
  • Apr 14 UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
  • Apr 15 Billionaire Leona Helmsley is sent to jail for tax evasion

TV Show Appearance

Apr 15 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of The Tonight Show

  • Apr 15 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx. New York loses its accreditation
  • Apr 15 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)

Hall of Fame

Apr 15 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

  • Apr 15 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • Apr 16 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 16 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Apr 16 Afghan president Najibullah resigns
  • Apr 16 NY Rangers win team record 50th game
  • Apr 16 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • Apr 18 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • Apr 19 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Mike Hill by 1 stroke for his 3rd seniors major title
  • Apr 19 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances
  • Apr 19 Balki & Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
  • Apr 20 100th episode of American sitcom "Murphy Brown" airs
  • Apr 20 96th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya repeats in 2:08:14 for his 3rd title; Olga Markova first Russian women's champion in 2:23:43

Music Concert

Apr 20 All-star benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London; performers include: Queen, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Zucchero, Paul Young, Seal, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Mick Ronson, George Michael, Elton John, Axl Rose, and Liza Minnelli

  • Apr 20 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
  • Apr 20 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse

Music History

Apr 20 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

  • Apr 21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • Apr 21 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances.
  • Apr 21 Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders
  • Apr 22 6.1 earthquake under the Little San Bernadino Mountains, near Joshua Tree, California
  • Apr 22 Gas explodes in sewer, kills 200 in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Apr 22 Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
  • Apr 23 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 23 Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, D.C.) let out of prison
  • Apr 23 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • Apr 24 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances

Sports History

Apr 24 George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball

  • Apr 24 Vinson Pike fined £1000 for distributing obscene computer pictures
  • Apr 25 "Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marc McDowell
  • Apr 26 "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances
  • Apr 26 "Growing Pains" final episode on ABC TV
  • Apr 26 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Apr 26 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 26 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 26 "Who's The Boss" final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

Historic Event

Apr 26 Alex Haley (Roots) wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

Baseball Record

Apr 26 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base

  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: University of Washington defensive end Steve Emtman from first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 27 "Small Family Business" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 27 NY Mets trade David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent
  • Apr 27 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • Apr 28 Italian President Francesco Cossiga formally resigns
  • Apr 29 William Finn and James Lapine's musical "Falsettos" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances
  • Apr 29 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery

Rodney King Riots

Apr 29 Jury acquits Los Angeles Police Department officers on charges of excessive force in the beating of Rodney King; the decision sparks massive riots in the city

  • Apr 29 Sheena Easton collapses on stage while performing in "Man of LaMancha"
  • Apr 29 Voting ends on choice of Elvis stamps
  • Apr 30 208th & final episode of "The Cosby Show" on NBC-TV