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April 1994 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
  • Apr 4 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed
  • Apr 4 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
  • Apr 4 Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery
  • Apr 4 Day vs Mets starter Dwight Gooden
  • Apr 6 1st scheduled Indians night game at Jacobs Field is rained out
  • Apr 6 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • Apr 6 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • Apr 6 Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

Murder of InterestRwandan Genocide

Apr 6 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.

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Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
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  • Apr 7 1st night game at Cleveland's Jacobs Field, Indians 6 Seattle 2
  • Apr 7 Beginning of the Rwandan Genocide; the Presidential Guard begins killing moderate politicians and public figures in Kigali, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana
  • Apr 8 Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • Apr 8 Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
  • Apr 9 BPAA US Open by Justin Hromek
  • Apr 9 STS-59 (Endeavour) launches into orbit

  • Apr 12 Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
  • Apr 13 Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
  • Apr 13 Target date for Israeli complete withdrawal, doesn't occur
  • Apr 13 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer

  • Apr 14 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
  • Apr 14 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
  • Apr 15 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1
  • Apr 15 WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired
  • Apr 16 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
  • Apr 17 Aruba government of Oduber falls
  • Apr 18 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994
  • Apr 18 Former President Nixon suffered a stroke & dies 4 days later
  • Apr 18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • Apr 18 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands [approx]
  • Apr 19 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election

USARodney King Riots

Apr 19 Rodney King awarded $3,800,000 compensation by the Los Angeles County for his police beating

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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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  • Apr 19 US Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
  • Apr 20 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • Apr 20 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed

  • Apr 20 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
  • Apr 20 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
  • Apr 21 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
  • Apr 21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi slaughtered by Hutus in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda
  • Apr 22 Borge Ousland is the 1st person on a solo and unsupported journey to reach the North Pole
  • Apr 22 In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made
  • Apr 22 Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Apr 23 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti
  • Apr 23 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Apr 23 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Apr 24 Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election
  • Apr 24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed
  • Apr 25 14" of snow in Southern California
  • Apr 25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed
  • Apr 25 Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed
  • Apr 25 King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • Apr 25 Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnapped
  • Apr 25 Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • Apr 26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • Apr 26 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
  • Apr 26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • Apr 26 Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
  • Apr 27 29.0°C in Genevad, Sweden (Swedish April high temperature record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Former US President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 27 Freedom Day: day 2 of South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections and day most voted - some queuing for 10 hours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Aldrich Ames, former CIA officer and his wife Rosario plead guilty to spying for the Soviet Union and Russia

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • Apr 28 Freddy Thielemans sworn in as Mayor of Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 29 Last day of voting in 1st multi-racial elections in South Africa
  • Apr 29 Ferry boat smashes into Mombasa Harbor Kenya, kills over 300
  • Apr 29 Israel & PLO sign economic accord

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 25 Samuel Carvalho, British activist and mental health advocate, born in Cambridge, England

Weddings in History

  • Apr 17 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark

Divorces in History

  • Apr 15 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 28 Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • Apr 1 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86
  • Apr 1 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • Apr 3 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
  • Apr 4 Olga Lowina, Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • Apr 5 Aubrey Joseph Watson Sr., bishop, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Marlon Riggs, American writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • Apr 6 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist and architect (Amsterdam), dies of cardiac arrest at 54
  • Apr 6 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994), assassinated by missile strike on the plane he was travelling on over Kigali, Rwanda at 39

MurderJuvénal Habyarimana

Apr 6 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94), assassinated by missile strike on his plane over Kigali, Rwanda at 57

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • Apr 7 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, assassinated by the presidential guard in the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide at 40
  • Apr 7 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • Apr 7 Francois de Grossouvre, French politician and adviser to President Mitterrand, commits suicide at 76
  • Apr 8 Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, dies at 91
  • Apr 8 Walter Arnold, German theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • Apr 9 Cor van Dis jr. [Cornelis Nicolas van Dis jr.], Dutch politician (1971-94), dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Keith Watson, British comic strip artist (Dan Dare), dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Raouf Khayrat, Egyptian general-major, murdered
  • Apr 10 Victor Afanasiev, Rus editor-in-chief of Pravda (1976-89), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 11 Johan Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64
  • Apr 12 Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81
  • Apr 13 Donald Benjamin Harden, British researcher, dies at 92
  • Apr 13 P. J. Engels, Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 70
  • Apr 13 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • Apr 14 Selometsi Baholo, vice-premier of Lesotho, murdered
  • Apr 14 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
  • Apr 15 Walter Clegg, British politician, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), dies at 70
  • Apr 18 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 19 Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member, dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87
  • Apr 21 Clement Merk, animal trainer, dies at 93
  • Apr 22 Denis Pitts, English journalist, dies at 64

Person of interestRichard Nixon

Apr 22 Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (1969-75), dies of a stroke at 81

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Apr 22 Hans Burkhardt, Swiss-American artist, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Cassidy Clinton Cremer, author (John Cremer), murdered at 30
  • Apr 23 Cecile Dreesmann, Dutch textile artist & son of Anton Dreesmann, dies at 74
  • Apr 25 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • Apr 25 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • Apr 26 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Jerome Lejeune, French physiologist, dies at 67
  • Apr 27 John Preston, American writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • Apr 29 Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Italian set designer (Last Emperor), dies at 53
  • Apr 30 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner, dies at 46
  • Apr 30 Richard Scarry, American children's book writer and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), dies at 74