Historical Events in April 1994

  • Apr 3 13th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Louisiana Tech, 60-59; Tar Heels first NCAA title on 3-point shot by Charlotte Smith as time expires
  • Apr 3 1st roster of Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) announced

Golf Tournament

Apr 3 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Ray Floyd wins first of 4 Champions Tour majors with birdie on first playoff hole against Dale Douglass

  • Apr 4 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
  • Apr 4 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arkansas beats Duke, 76-72; Razorbacks' first title in first title game

Film & TV History

Apr 4 American actor Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

  • Apr 4 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3 killed

Sports History

Apr 4 LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

  • Apr 4 Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706
  • Apr 4 MLB Chicago Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on Opening Day vs Mets starter Dwight "Doc" Gooden at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Apr 4 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications

Music History

Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 347 performances

  • Apr 5 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • Apr 6 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out

Film & TV History

Apr 6 Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into beauty queen Marla Maples' home

  • Apr 6 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • Apr 6 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself

Rwandan Genocide

Apr 6 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.

  • Apr 6 Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records
  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 1st night game at Cleveland's Jacobs Field, Indians 6 Seattle 2
  • Apr 7 American soul singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 7 Beginning of the Rwandan Genocide; the Presidential Guard begins killing moderate politicians and public figures in Kigali, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana
  • Apr 7 NY Yankees beat Texas Rangers 18-6
  • Apr 7 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi
  • Apr 8 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
  • Apr 8 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
  • Apr 8 Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • Apr 8 Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
  • Apr 9 147th Grand National: Jockey Richard Dunwoody wins his second GN aboard Irish 16/1 shot Miinnehoma by 1¼ lengths from Just So
  • Apr 9 BPAA US Open by Justin Hromek

Music Concert

Apr 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler

  • Apr 9 STS-59 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 10 58th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: José María Olazábal wins the first of 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Tom Lehman; 6th winner from Europe in the past 7 years
  • Apr 12 Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.

Film & TV History

Apr 13 Asteroid 7373 Takei discovered and named after Star Trek actor George Takei

  • Apr 13 Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
  • Apr 13 Target date for Israeli complete withdrawal, doesn't occur
  • Apr 13 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India
  • Apr 14 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript

Historic Event

Apr 14 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer

  • Apr 14 NJ Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points
  • Apr 14 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
  • Apr 15 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1

Music History

Apr 15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • Apr 15 WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired
  • Apr 16 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
  • Apr 17 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 17 Aruba government of Oduber falls
  • Apr 17 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Jim Colbert by 1 stroke for his second title in the event

Boston Marathon

Apr 18 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women's race in 2:21:45

Film & TV History

Apr 18 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his late-night TV talk show in May 1994

World Record

Apr 18 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' world record

  • Apr 18 Disney's stage adaptation of its animated musical "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater, NYC

Historic Event

Apr 18 Former US President Richard Nixon suffers a stroke and passes away 4 days later

  • Apr 18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • Apr 18 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands [approx]
  • Apr 19 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released
  • Apr 19 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • Apr 19 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election
  • Apr 19 US Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
  • Apr 20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • Apr 20 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
  • Apr 20 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
  • Apr 20 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands

Baseball Record

Apr 21 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRs in a games (11 times)

  • Apr 21 Revival of William Inge's stage drama "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances
  • Apr 21 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
  • Apr 21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi slaughtered by Hutus in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda

Sports History

Apr 22 American figure skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500

  • Apr 22 Borge Ousland is the 1st person on a solo and unsupported journey to reach the North Pole
  • Apr 22 Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Apr 22 World's largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made by BonBon, a candy factory in Home-Olstrup, Denmark; record later broken
  • Apr 23 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
  • Apr 23 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke

Presidential Convention

Apr 23 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

  • Apr 24 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 24 Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election
  • Apr 24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed

Sports History

Apr 24 David Robinson scores ties 7th highest total in the NBA - 71

  • Apr 24 NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 24 NY Rangers sweep NY Islanders in NHL playoffs
  • Apr 25 14" of snow in Southern California
  • Apr 25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, South Africa kills 10
  • Apr 25 Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed
  • Apr 25 King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • Apr 25 Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnapped
  • Apr 25 Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • Apr 26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • Apr 26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • Apr 26 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • Apr 26 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed

Television Premiere

Apr 26 TV series "Due South" about Canadian Mounties starring Paul Gross premieres in Canada

  • Apr 27 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • Apr 27 29.0°C in Genevad, Sweden (Swedish April high temperature record)
  • Apr 27 7th longest NHL game at 125 min 43 sec: Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey Devils 1-0 on a goal by Dave Hannan
  • Apr 27 Former US President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California
  • Apr 27 Freedom Day: day 2 of South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections and day most voted - some queuing for 10 hours
  • Apr 27 Graeme Obree bicycles world record time (52,713 km)
  • Apr 27 Twins righty Scott Erickson no-hits Brewers 6-0

Historic Event

Apr 28 Aldrich Ames, former CIA officer and his wife Rosario plead guilty to spying for the Soviet Union and Russia

  • Apr 28 Freddy Thielemans sworn in as Mayor of Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 29 Ferry boat smashes into Mombasa Harbor Kenya, kills over 300
  • Apr 29 Israel & PLO sign economic accord
  • Apr 29 Last day of voting in 1st multi-racial elections in South Africa
  • Apr 30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin