What Happened in April 2013

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 9 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Tikrit, Iraq
  • Apr 1 The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
  • Apr 2 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Apr 2 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 2 Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
  • Apr 2 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
  • Apr 2 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Apr 2 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China
  • Apr 2 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
  • Apr 2 Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Apr 3 46 people are killed and 100 are injured by a court-house suicide bombing in Farah, Afghanistan
  • Apr 3 50 people are killed by flooding across Argentina
  • Apr 3 24 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff in Papa New Guinea
  • Apr 4 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India
  • Apr 4 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India
  • Apr 4 Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 5 Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years
  • Apr 5 60 people are killed in Nigeria after a bus collides with an oil tanker
  • Apr 6 22 people are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing at an election campaign tent in Baquba, Iraq
  • Apr 6 11 people are killed in an attack on a village in Midlu, Nigeria
  • Apr 6 Bayern Munich win their 23rd German Bundesliga title with 6 games to spare
  • Apr 6 48th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert & Jason Aldean win
  • Apr 6 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania aboard Auroras Encore wins
  • Apr 7 15 people, including 9 children, are killed by an air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force
  • Apr 7 Sweden wins the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship defeating Canada
  • Apr 8 15 people are killed and 53 are wounded by a car bombing in Damascus
  • Apr 8 163 people are killed and 50,000 are displaced after tribal violence erupts in Darfur, Sudan
  • Apr 8 Filip Vujanović’s election as President of Montenegro is confirmed by the electoral commission
  • Apr 8 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan 82-76
  • Apr 9 12 civilians and UN peacekeepers are killed in an ambush in Jonglei, Sudan
  • Apr 9 37 people are killed and 850 are injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Iran
  • Apr 9 13 people are killed and 3 are injured from a shooting spree in Velika Ivanča, Serbia
  • Apr 9 The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage
  • Apr 9 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville 93-60
  • Apr 10 Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
  • Apr 11 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico
  • Apr 11 57 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Daraa Governorate, Syria
  • Apr 11 Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Apr 11 Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China
  • Apr 12 11 people are killed and 30 are injured in mosque attacks across Iraq
  • Apr 12 A man-made 32-foot and 60 tonne monument that is dates around 2000 BC is discovered in the Sea of Galilee
  • Apr 13 8 people are killed after a bomb explodes on a bus in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 13 20 civilians are killed by the government bombing of Saraqib, Idlib
  • Apr 14 20 people are killed in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Apr 14 33 people are killed after a bus tumbled off a cliff in Trujillo, Peru
  • Apr 14 11 people are killed and 50 are injured after a hotel fire in Xiangyang, China
  • Apr 14 77th Masters Golf Tournament: Adam Scott wins, shooting a 279

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 14 Justin Trudeau, son of long-serving Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Comedian Kevin Hart is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Apr 15 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • Apr 15 33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • Apr 15 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela
  • Apr 15 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:10:22 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:26:25
  • Apr 16 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
  • Apr 16 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana
  • Apr 17 5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack
  • Apr 17 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas
  • Apr 17 North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone
  • Apr 17 Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand
  • Apr 18 27 people are killed and 65 are injured in a cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Apr 18 Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 18 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

  • Apr 19 Boston bombing suspects killed and captured in Boston after 4 days
  • Apr 20 193 people are killed and 11,826 are injured after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Lushan County, China
  • Apr 20 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • Apr 20 Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy
  • Apr 21 185 people are killed in a conflict between Islamic extremists and the Nigerian military
  • Apr 21 Horacio Cartes is elected President of Paraguay
  • Apr 21 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Apr 21 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • Apr 22 6 people are killed in a shooting rampage in Belgorod, Russia
  • Apr 22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League
  • Apr 23 28 people are killed and 70 are injured during clashes between police and Sunni Muslims in Hawija, Iraq
  • Apr 23 21 people are killed during violent unrest in Xinjiang, China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 A 1% flash crash hits the US stock market after a news agency was hacked and claimed injury to President Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Apr 23 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Apr 23 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)
  • Apr 24 33 people are killed and 115 are injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Apr 24 256 people are killed and 1,000 are injured after a building collapses Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • Apr 25 2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher from Central Michigan first pick by Kansas City Chiefs
  • Apr 25 38 people are killed in a psychiatric hospital fire in Ramensky, Russia
  • Apr 26 30 people are killed after a bus crashes following a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan
  • Apr 27 10 people are killed and 25 are injured after a bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Apr 28 8 people are killed and dozens are injured after Taliban attacks on election candidates in Pakistan
  • Apr 28 3 people are killed and 14 are injured after a gas explosions causes a building to collapse in Reims, France
  • Apr 29 7 people are killed after a Boeing 747 crashes in Bagram, Afghanistan
  • Apr 30 13 people are killed after a bomb explodes in Damascus
  • Apr 30 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years
  • Apr 30 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
  • Apr 30 Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at 2, becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 20 "Hart of Dixie" actor Scott Porter (33) weds Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 24 Actress and director Melissa Gilbert (48) weds actor Timothy Busfield (55) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 27 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73
  • Apr 2 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • Apr 3 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born British and American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • Apr 4 Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, dies at 87
  • Apr 4 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league player, dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • Apr 7 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 8 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Apr 8 Annette Funicello, American singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • Apr 9 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • Apr 10 Jimmy Dawkins, American electric blues musician, dies at 76
  • Apr 10 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Grady Hatton, American baseball player and manager, dies from natural causes at 90
  • Apr 11 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 11 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, dies at 88

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • Apr 11 Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor, dies from natural causes at 87
  • Apr 12 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • Apr 12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • Apr 13 Chi Cheng, American Bassist (Deftones), dies at 42
  • Apr 14 Colin Davis, English conductor, dies at 85
  • Apr 15 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79
  • Apr 15 Richard LeParmentier, American actor, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 16 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Apr 17 Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer, dies at c. 100
  • Apr 18 Storm Thorgerson, English graphic designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • Apr 19 Allan Arbus, American actor, dies from heart failure at 95
  • Apr 19 Mike Denness, Scottish cricketer, dies from cancer at 72
  • Apr 19 Patrick Garland, British director, writer, and actor, dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Francois Jacob, French biologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Apr 20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • Apr 21 Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, dies at 107
  • Apr 22 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Apr 23 Robert Edgar, American Congressman, dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Apr 25 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59
  • Apr 25 Virginia Gibson, American actress, dies at 88
  • Apr 26 George Jones, American country musician, dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • Apr 28 János Starker, Hungarian cellist, dies at 88
  • Apr 29 John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93
  • Apr 30 Deanna Durbin, Canadian singer and actress, dies at 91 (announcement date)