What Happened in April 2006

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • Apr 2 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.

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Apr 3 Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Apr 3 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • Apr 4 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
  • Apr 6 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • Apr 8 Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
  • Apr 8 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 70th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 281

  • Apr 10 Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

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Apr 11 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Apr 13 Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Apr 17 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • Apr 22 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
  • Apr 22 Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
  • Apr 24 King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • Apr 27 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
  • Apr 29 2006 NFL Draft: Mario Williams from North Carolina State first pick from Houston Texans

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 1 Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica
  • Apr 1 Miss Puerto Rico 2003 Joyceline Montero weds architect Hansell Bajuelo at la Iglesia de la Misericordia in Guaynabo City
  • Apr 2 NBC "Weekend Today" anchor Campbell Brown (38) weds FOX News contributor Dan Senor (34) at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • Apr 8 "All of Us" TV actress LisaRaye McCoy (38) weds Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Michael Misick (40) in an $1.5 million beachside wedding in Caribbean
  • Apr 8 Former Miss USA and "Eve" actress Ali Landry (32) weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (28) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Apr 8 Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish gypsy singer Rosario Flores (42) weds "Kingdom of Heaven" first assistant director Pedro Lazaga on a small village Canos de Meca in Cadiz, Spain
  • Apr 8 Spanish model and actress Ines Sastre (32) weds Alexandro Corrias at Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London
  • Apr 15 Miss Nigeria 2002 Sylvia Ansa Edem weds businessman Chris Emecheta at the Recreation Park, Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos
  • Apr 15 "Maria Full of Grace" actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (24) weds lighting technician David Michael Ewell in an intimate civil ceremony in Cartagena de Indies, Colombia
  • Apr 21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 22 "Entourage" actor Kevin Dillon (40) weds model-actress Jane Stuart (28) in Las Vegas
  • Apr 22 "Save The Last Dance" actor Sean Patrick Thomas (35) weds "The Fantastic Four" actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans
  • Apr 23 "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Apr 29 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Apr 29 Ranchera singer Lupillo Rivera weds Mayeli in Garden Grove, California

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 20 Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • Apr 2 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • Apr 5 Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 6 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • Apr 6 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • Apr 8 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 9 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • Apr 9 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • Apr 9 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • Apr 11 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • Apr 12 Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India)(b. 1929)
  • Apr 12 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 13 Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)

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Apr 13 Muriel Spark, Scottish author, dies at 88

Author Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
  • Apr 14 Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 16 Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 19 Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • Apr 19 Zola Levitt, Messianic Jewish preacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • Apr 21 T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • Apr 21 Telê Santana, Brazilian football manager (b. 1931)
  • Apr 22 Alida Valli, Italian actress (b. 1921)
  • Apr 23 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)
  • Apr 24 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • Apr 24 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • Apr 24 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 25 Jane Jacobs, American-born Canadian urbanist (b. 1916)
  • Apr 27 Julia Thorne, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)

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Apr 29 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (b. 1908)

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Apr 30 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • Apr 30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist