What Happened in April 2010

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Apr 5 72nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Butler 61-59
  • Apr 6 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford 53-47
  • Apr 10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.
  • Apr 10 163rd Grand National: Tony McCoy aboard Don't Push It wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 74th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 272

  • Apr 12 A train derailed near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people.
  • Apr 14 Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier
  • Apr 15 Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 18 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

  • Apr 19 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:05:52 and Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:11
  • Apr 20 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 21 "Shrek Forever After" directed by Mike Mitchell with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival

  • Apr 22 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford from University of Oklahoma first pick by St. Louis Rams

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 26 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 3 "Love and Theft" country trio Eric Gunderson weds Emily Hagar (24) at sunset on the front porch of the historic Hazel Path mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Apr 9 Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (30) weds Julie Lesicki at St. Augstine Catholic Church in Philadelphia

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 2 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Apr 2 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 6 Wilma Mankiller, Native-American activist, chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1945)
  • Apr 6 Corin Redgrave, British actor and political activist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician (b. 1946)
  • Apr 8 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 8 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • Apr 10 Dixie Carter, an American actress (b.1939)
  • Apr 10 Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
  • Apr 10 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60
  • Apr 12 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele, American musician. (b. 1968)
  • Apr 15 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • Apr 19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 20 Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist, dies at 98

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (b. 1920)
  • Apr 25 Dorothy Provine, loving grandmother, (b. 1935)
  • Apr 25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)