What Happened in April 2008

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
  • Apr 5 161st Grand National: Timmy Murphy aboard Comply or Die wins
  • Apr 7 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis 75-68
  • Apr 8 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
  • Apr 8 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48
  • Apr 13 72nd Masters Golf Tournament: Trevor Immelman wins, shooting a 280

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • Apr 20 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama
  • Apr 21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
  • Apr 21 112th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:45 and Dire Tune of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:25:25
  • Apr 26 2008 NFL Draft: Jake Long from University of Michigan first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • Apr 30 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 16 Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Apr 19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Apr 20 "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 14 Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 16 Edward Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • Apr 17 Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)