What Happened in April 2005

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • Apr 4 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
  • Apr 5 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State 84-62
  • Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • Apr 7 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
  • Apr 9 158th Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Hedgehunter wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 10 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • Apr 11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
  • Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • Apr 17 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama
  • Apr 18 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 19 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 23 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Apr 25 The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
  • Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • Apr 25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
  • Apr 26 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • Apr 27 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Apr 28 The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • Apr 29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place.

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Apr 16 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 16 "Survivor: All-Stars" winner Amber Mariano (26) weds The Amazing Race star Rob Mariano (29) at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • Apr 19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Harald Juhnke, German entertainer (b. 1929)
  • Apr 1 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Apr 1 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 3 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 4 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • Apr 5 Dale Messick, American comic strip artist (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Debralee Scott, American actress (b. 1953)
  • Apr 5 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • Apr 6 Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81
  • Apr 7 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Apr 8 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • Apr 10 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 10 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 André François, French cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • Apr 11 Maurice R. Hilleman, American Microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Apr 13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 13 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (b. 1959)
  • Apr 15 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • Apr 16 Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • Apr 16 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 16 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • Apr 19 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 93
  • Apr 19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 19 George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • Apr 19 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 20 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 22 Norman Bird, UK character actor (b. 1920)
  • Apr 22 Robert Farnon, Canadian-born composer and conductor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 22 Erika Fuchs, German translator (b. 1906)
  • Apr 22 Philip Morrison, American physicist (b. 1915)
  • Apr 23 Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (b. 1911)
  • Apr 23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
  • Apr 23 John Mills, English actor (b. 1908)
  • Apr 23 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Apr 24 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • Apr 24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • Apr 26 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Apr 26 Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)
  • Apr 26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • Apr 28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • Apr 28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • Apr 29 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 29 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)