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Events in History in April 1992

  • Apr 1 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • Apr 1 Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs probation
  • Apr 1 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
  • Apr 2 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 2 Mafia boss John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Apr 2 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands

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Apr 4 Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Apr 4 Sali Berisha becomes president and Alexander Meksi premier of Albania

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Apr 5 Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori suspends the constitution and dissolves Congress

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 5 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president
  • Apr 5 Serbian troops begin besieging Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which would become the longest siege in modern warfare
  • Apr 5 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • Apr 6 Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0
  • Apr 6 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • Apr 6 US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography

  • Apr 6 Voting begins on choice of Elvis postage stamps
  • Apr 6 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.
  • Apr 7 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • Apr 8 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" publishes its final issue

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 9 John Major elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
  • Apr 9 US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of 8 out of 10 drug and racketeering charges
  • Apr 9 William O Studeman, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 10 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 10 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 BPAA US Open by Robert Lawrence
  • Apr 11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3
  • Apr 12 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • Apr 12 Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
  • Apr 12 Matt Young no-hits Cleveland, but loses 2-1
  • Apr 12 Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle
  • Apr 13 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • Apr 13 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
  • Apr 13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • Apr 13 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
  • Apr 14 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft

  • Apr 14 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
  • Apr 14 UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
  • Apr 15 Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion
  • Apr 15 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
  • Apr 15 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • Apr 16 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Apr 16 Afghan president Najibullah resigns
  • Apr 16 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
  • Apr 19 Balki & Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
  • Apr 20 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
  • Apr 20 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse
  • Apr 21 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
  • Apr 21 Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders
  • Apr 22 6.0 earthquake in California
  • Apr 22 Gas explodes in sewer, kills 200 in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Apr 22 Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
  • Apr 23 Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, D.C.) let out of prison
  • Apr 23 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • Apr 24 Vinson Pike fined £1000 for distributing obscene computer pictures
  • Apr 25 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marc McDowell

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Apr 26 Alex Haley (Roots) wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • Apr 26 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
  • Apr 27 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed
  • Apr 27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • Apr 28 Italian President Francesco Cossiga formally resigns

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Apr 29 Jury acquits Los Angeles Police Department officers on charges of excessive force in the beating of Rodney King; the decision sparks massive riots in the city
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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
  • Apr 29 Sheena Easton collapses on stage while performing in "Man of LaMancha"
  • Apr 29 Voting ends on choice of Elvis stamps