On This Day

April 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Apr 5 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge (connecting New York City with Fort Lee, New Jersey, over the Hudson River) raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00

  • Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • Apr 10 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
  • Apr 15 New York State raises maximum unemployment benefits to $280 per week
  • Apr 15 Dutch checker Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike
  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Intel releases 486SX chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 Iraq announces it expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched
  • Apr 29 Cyclone strikes the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless
  • Apr 29 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 13 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestJacob Blake

Apr 30 Jacob Blake, African-American man shot multiple times in the back and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin, born in Evanston, Illinois

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake

Divorces in History

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), dies at 44

Person of interestGraham Greene

Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 John Tower, American politician (US Senator (R)-Texas), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, American poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, American poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 20 Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician (Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (President), 1974-84; Prime Minister, 1952-74; General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, 1940-54), dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri 1949-83), dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • Apr 28 Floyd McKissick, American lawyer & civil rights activist, dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti, American inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91