On This Day

Historical Events in April 2008

  • Apr 1 New York Yankees set a MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener, 3-2 against Toronto Blue Jays

#1 in the Charts

Apr 3 Mariah Carey overtakes Elvis Presley's record of 17 No. 1 US hits with her 18th ‘Touch My Body’, only The Beatles have more with 20

  • Apr 4 Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
  • Apr 5 161st Grand National: 7/1 joint favourite Comply or Die wins in Irish jockey Timmy Murphy's 11th attempt, 4 lengths ahead of King John's Castle

Golf Major

Apr 6 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: top-ranked Lorena Ochoa of Mexico shoots a bogey-free final round 67 to win by 5 strokes ahead of Suzann Pettersen and Annika Sörenstam

  • Apr 7 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis, 75-68; first time since seeding began, all 4 top seeds advance to the Final Four
  • Apr 8 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
  • Apr 8 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford, 64-48; Volunteers' back-to-back titles; coach Pat Summitt, 8 national championships

US Masters Golf

Apr 13 72nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Tiger Woods; Immelman leads, or ties for the lead after every round

CMT Music Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

Historic Event

Apr 16 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

  • Apr 18 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors
  • Apr 20 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series race
  • Apr 20 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama
  • Apr 21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
  • Apr 21 112th Boston Marathon: 3rd straight men's title for Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya in 2:07:45; Dire Tune of Ethiopia women's winner in 2:25:25
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins

Historic Event

Apr 30 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters

Film & TV History

Apr 30 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

World Record

Apr 30 David Blaine sets a new Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"