On This Day

April 1993 in History

Events in History

Theater Premiere

Apr 1 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • Apr 2 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
  • Apr 2 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
  • Apr 6 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
  • Apr 7 Dante Bichette hits the 1st Colo Rockie HR (Shea Stadium NY)
  • Apr 8 STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Apr 10 BPAA US Open by Del Ballard Jr
  • Apr 11 Kirsan Ilumzjinov installed as president of Kalmukkie
  • Apr 11 450 prisoners riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continue for ten days, citing grievances about prison conditions and the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis)

Theater Premiere

Apr 13 Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" premieres in London directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Rufus Sewell, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard

Rodney King Riots

Apr 16 Jury reaches guilty verdict in federal case against police officers (two convicted, two acquitted) who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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Historic Event

Apr 17 Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights and sentenced to prison, while two others are acquitted,

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 17 STS-56 (Discovery) lands
  • Apr 19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
  • Apr 19 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
  • Apr 19 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crash lands in Iowa
  • Apr 20 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
  • Apr 21 Brazil votes against a monarchy
  • Apr 22 Candid Camera creator Allen Funt suffers a stroke at 78
  • Apr 22 Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 22 The web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.
  • Apr 23 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
  • Apr 24 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • Apr 24 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by George Branham

Election of Interest

Apr 25 Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 26 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
  • Apr 26 STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Apr 27 Afghan Antonov AN-32 crashes at Tashqurgan, kills 76
  • Apr 28 Carlo Ciampi forms Italian government with ex-communists
  • Apr 30 The World Wide Web source code is released by CERN, making the software freely available to all
  • Apr 30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Weddings in History

  • Apr 18 Beirut-hostage Terry Anderson marries Madeleine Bassil

Divorces in History

  • Apr 23 Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Ihsan Mohamed Salem [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed
  • Apr 1 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies
  • Apr 3 Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of heart attack at 85
  • Apr 4 Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and game inventor (Scrabble), dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Hedi Amira Nouira, Prime Minister of Tunisia (1970-80), dies
  • Apr 8 Hubertus Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies at 100
  • Apr 10 Chris Hani, Secretary-General South Africian Communist Party, assassinated at 50
  • Apr 11 Mohammed el-Himi, brigade-general of Egyptian police, murdered
  • Apr 11 Rahmon Nabiyev, Tajik politician (First Secretary of The Communist Party, 1982-85; President of Tadzjikistan, 1991-92), dies at 63
  • Apr 12 Isaac Rojas, vp of Argentina (1955-58), dies
  • Apr 12 Patience Jarvis, dies of melanoma at 56
  • Apr 13 Max Tripels, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • Apr 14 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), dies at 85
  • Apr 14 Sam Ntombani, ANC-secretary in Soweto South-Africa, shot to death
  • Apr 15 George Frederick Ives, British-Canadian army veteran & last survivor of the Boer War, dies at 111
  • Apr 15 Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
  • Apr 15 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), dies at 84
  • Apr 16 John P W Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Turgut Özal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor & printmaker, dies of cancer aged 62
  • Apr 19 David Koresh [Vernon Howell], American cult leader (Davidians), dies shot at 33
  • Apr 19 George Mickelson, Gov of SD, & 7 others, die in a plane crash
  • Apr 22 Andries Treurnicht, South African politician, dies at 72

Cesar Chavez

Apr 22 Cesar Chavez, American farm labor leader (United Farm Workers), dies of natural causes at 66

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez
  • Apr 23 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lankan minister, murdered at 59

Oliver Tambo

Apr 24 Oliver Tambo, South African lawyer, anti-apartheid politician and co-founder (African National Congress), dies of a stroke at 75

Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary Oliver Tambo
Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary
Oliver Tambo
  • Apr 27 Hans Sahl, German-American anti-Nazi Jewish writer (Tie Exil im Exil), dies at 90
  • Apr 29 Cy Howard, director (Lovers & Other Strangers), dies at 77