What Happened in April 2009

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Croatia and Albania joined NATO
  • Apr 3 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Apr 4 162nd Grand National: Liam Treadwell aboard Mon Mome wins
  • Apr 5 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 5 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • Apr 6 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
  • Apr 6 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State 89-72

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Apr 7 Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 7 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville 76-54
  • Apr 12 U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth.

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Apr 12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Apr 12 73rd Masters Golf Tournament: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
  • Apr 15 Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008
  • Apr 20 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:08:42 and Salina Kosgei of Kenya 1st woman in 2:32:16
  • Apr 23 Gamma ray burst (GRB) 090423 is observed for 10 seconds, the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe

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Apr 25 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival

  • Apr 25 2009 NFL Draft: Matthew Stafford from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 26 55th British Academy Television Awards: "Harry and Paul" Best Comedy, "Wallander" Best Drama
  • Apr 30 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Apr 30 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured.
  • Apr 30 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.

Famous Weddings

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Apr 11 Tennis player champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

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Apr 13 Actor Michael Biehn (52) weds actress Jennifer Blanc (35)

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Apr 17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Apr 25 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, MLB pitcher (b. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)