What Happened in April 2011

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

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Apr 1 Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

  • Apr 4 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
  • Apr 5 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame 76-70
  • Apr 9 A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands.
  • Apr 9 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire aboard Ballabriggs wins
  • Apr 10 75th Masters Golf Tournament: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274
  • Apr 11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • Apr 15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing companies of fraud and money laundering

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

  • Apr 17 "Game of Thrones", based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO
  • Apr 18 115th Boston Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36

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Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 23 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • Apr 25 At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
  • Apr 27 The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

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Apr 27 U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Apr 28 2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton from University of Auburn first pick by Carolina Panthers

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 2 Former Alias star Michael Vartan (42) weds Lauren Skaar at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 2 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 17 Actress and model Torrey Devitto (26) weds actor Paul Wesley (28) in New York
  • Apr 20 "Hollywood Confidential" radio host Leeza Gibbons (54) weds Steven Fenton (41) at the rooftop of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
  • Apr 22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 29 Royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton held at Westminister Abbey, London

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Apr 30 Actor Lorenzo Lamas (53) weds model Shawna Craig at Casa Dorada Resort in Cabo, San Lucas

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist dies aged 100
  • Apr 9 Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 17 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • Apr 19 Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 22 Moin Akhter, Pakistani actor (b. 1950)
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill (b. 1921)
  • Apr 23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer (b. 1946)
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American songwriter and musician (b. 1943)
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • Apr 24 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • Apr 27 Marian Mercer, American actress (b. 1935)
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)