April 1988 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • Apr 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 6 African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia
  • Apr 7 Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • Apr 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 9 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
  • Apr 10 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • Apr 12 Harvard University patents a genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
  • Apr 13 Italian government of De Mita forms
  • Apr 14 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • Apr 15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • Apr 15 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 20 US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
  • Apr 23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • Apr 23 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hrs or less
  • Apr 23 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
  • Apr 25 John Demjanjuk (Ivan the Terrible), Nazi concentration camp guard, sentenced to death in Jerusalem
  • Apr 25 NASA launches space vehicle S-211
  • Apr 28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • Apr 30 NY Knights 1st arena football game beats Cobras 60-52 (10,157 in LA)
  • Apr 30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 30 Molloko, 1st California condor chick conceived in captivity, born in San Diego Zoo (San Diego, California)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A. Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81

Alan PatonAlan Paton (1903-1988)

Apr 12 South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies of cancer at 85

  • Apr 12 Charles Melvin Price, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1945-88), dies at 83
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, American sculptor who featured at the 31st Venice Biennale (Sky Cathedral), dies of a brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 25 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 25 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52