On This Day

Historical Events in April 1995

  • Apr 1 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York on WNVE at 95.1 and 95.5 FM
  • Apr 1 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency begins charging $15 service fee
  • Apr 1 New York Islanders retire Swedish right wing Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
  • Apr 1 Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 12.94 seconds in 2-1 win at Everton
  • Apr 2 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-64; Huskies' first NCAA title, completing first undefeated season since 1986 Texas

Golf Tournament

Apr 2 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: 2-time champion Jack Nicklaus wins with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against Isao Aoki

  • Apr 2 NY Police Department & NY Transit Police merge into one organization
  • Apr 2 North & Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
  • Apr 2 Longest strike in American major league sports history (232 days) ends as MLB owners accept players’ offer to return to work without a contract; MLB is first major pro sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles
  • Apr 2 Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

  • Apr 3 57th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Arkansas, 89-78; Bruins' 11th national title

Historic Event

Apr 3 Howard Stern gets in trouble for disparaging remarks about Selena

  • Apr 5 Pages of Codex Argenteus (the Silver Bible), the oldest text in the Gothic language (5th century) stolen from Uppsala University Library, Sweden in broad daylight (recovered a month later)
  • Apr 6 "Having Our Say" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Apr 7 Baseball exhibition season begins late due to strike
  • Apr 8 BPAA US Open won by Dave Husted

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 8 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 8 American Bruce Seldon defeats by RTD over Tony Tucker in 7 rounds to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 8 148th Grand National: Irish rider Jason Titley wins aboard 40/1 outsider Royal Athlete; trainer Jenny Pitman's second GN victory
  • Apr 9 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 9 59th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins his 2nd Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Davis Love III
  • Apr 10 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Apr 10 NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more

Music Concert

Apr 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, and Geoffrey Oryema

  • Apr 13 Yankees beat the Mets 2-0
  • Apr 14 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah
  • Apr 16 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Raymond Floyd wins by 5 strokes from fellow Americans John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert and Lee Trevino
  • Apr 17 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event in 2:25:11
  • Apr 18 Houston Post folds after 116 years

Sports History

Apr 18 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

  • Apr 19 Chopper 4 1st used on WNBC TV (NYC) news

Historic Event

Apr 19 Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500

  • Apr 21 Boston Celtics final regular season game at Boston Garden, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • Apr 21 FBI arrests Timothy McVeigh and charge him with the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Apr 21 British sitcom "Father Ted" written by Arthur Mathews & Graham Linehan, starring Dermot Morgan premieres on Channel 4
  • Apr 22 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Aulby

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 22 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas

  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

Historic Event

Apr 23 President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City

Sports History

Apr 24 Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

  • Apr 24 Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98
  • Apr 24 Package bomb, linked to Unabomber, blows up killing Gilbert B Murray
  • Apr 25 "A Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater, NYC; runs for 79 performances
  • Apr 26 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • Apr 26 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
  • Apr 27 "Indiscretions" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Apr 28 Gas explosion in South Korean metro, 103 die
  • Apr 28 Sri Lankaan BAE748 crashes at Palaly, 52 die
  • Apr 29 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV
  • Apr 29 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat
  • Apr 29 Longest sausage ever, at 28.77 miles, made in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 30 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • Apr 30 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Apr 30 "The Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Apr 30 After 120 years the last 15 A & S department stores close