On This Day

April 1998 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 6 Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
  • Apr 10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • Apr 12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • Apr 20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • Apr 20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 7 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Person of interestPol Pot

Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) & revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91

Person of interestJames Earl Ray

Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer & mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher & media baron, dies at 47
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist, dies at 90
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)