On This Day

Historical Events in April 1993

Theater Premiere

Apr 1 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London

  • Apr 1 Reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki perishes in a private plane crash en route to Bristol for the Food City 500
  • Apr 2 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
  • Apr 2 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
  • Apr 2 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mark Price has his consecutive free throw streak end at 77, during a 114-113 loss at Charlotte; falls 1 short of Calvin Murphy’s NBA record of 78 straight free throws
  • Apr 3 147th Grand National: race declared void, after 30 of 39 runners carried on racing despite a false start; bookmakers forced to refund estimated £75 million in bets staked
  • Apr 4 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats Ohio State, 84-82; future Hall of Fame forward Sheryl Swoopes MOP
  • Apr 4 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Shaw wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Mike Hill

WrestleMania

Apr 4 WrestleMania IX, Caesar's Palace, LV, NV: Yokozuna beats Bret Hart for WWF Heavyweight title

  • Apr 5 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan, 77-71; Tar Heels' 3rd title
  • Apr 5 73,293 see the NY Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-1 in the season opener at Cleveland Stadium
  • Apr 5 Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • Apr 5 A win and a loss for MLB expansion teams in their debut games; Florida Marlins beat LA Dodgers, 6-3 in Miami; the Colorado Rockies lose to Mets, 3-0 in NYC
  • Apr 6 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
  • Apr 6 Florida Marlins 1st lost ever (4-2 to LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 7 Dante Bichette hits the 1st Colo Rockie HR (Shea Stadium NY)
  • Apr 8 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit HRs in same inn (vs Yanks)
  • Apr 8 STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Apr 9 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • Apr 10 BPAA US Open by Del Ballard Jr
  • Apr 10 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • Apr 10 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 57th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes from Chip Beck

  • Apr 11 Kirsan Ilumzjinov installed as president of Kalmukkie
  • Apr 11 450 prisoners riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continue for ten days, citing grievances about prison conditions and the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis)
  • Apr 12 American Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec) at Sheffield, England
  • Apr 13 "3 Men on a Horse" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 40 performances

Theater Premiere

Apr 13 Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" premieres in London directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Rufus Sewell, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy

Rodney King Riots

Apr 16 Jury reaches guilty verdict in federal case against police officers (two convicted, two acquitted) who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

Sports History

Apr 16 David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10

Historic Event

Apr 17 Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights and sentenced to prison, while two others are acquitted,

  • Apr 17 STS-56 (Discovery) lands
  • Apr 18 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Apr 18 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: American Tom Wargo pars second playoff hole to beat Bruce Crampton of Australia and take his first and only major title
  • Apr 19 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya wins men's event in 2:09:33; Olga Markova of Russia repeats as women's champion in 2:25:27
  • Apr 19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • Apr 19 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
  • Apr 19 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crash lands in Iowa
  • Apr 20 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
  • Apr 21 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 30 performances
  • Apr 21 Brazil votes against a monarchy

Television Debut

Apr 21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

  • Apr 22 "The Who's Tommy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 899 performances
  • Apr 22 Candid Camera creator Allen Funt suffers a stroke at 78
  • Apr 22 Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 22 Seattle Mariner Chris Basio no-hits Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 22 The web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.
  • Apr 23 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia

Music Premiere

Apr 23 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 24 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by George Branham

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 24 Farm Aid VI held in Ames, Iowa; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, and Dwight Yoakam

  • Apr 25 "Blood Brothers" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 839 performances

Election of Interest

Apr 25 Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader

  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 26 "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 266 performances
  • Apr 26 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56

Film & TV History

Apr 26 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman on "Late Night"

  • Apr 26 STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Apr 27 Afghan Antonov AN-32 crashes at Tashqurgan, kills 76
  • Apr 28 "Tango Passion" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 28 Carlo Ciampi forms Italian government with ex-communists
  • Apr 28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die

Sports History

Apr 28 NY Islanders beat Wash Caps 4 to 1 in playoffs, Caps Dale Hunter attacks Pierre Turgeon after scoring, in hockey's worst cheap shot

  • Apr 30 The World Wide Web source code is released by CERN, making the software freely available to all
  • Apr 30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.