What Happened in April 2014

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • Apr 3 Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is elected President of Malta
  • Apr 4 President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years
  • Apr 5 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Pineau de Re wins
  • Apr 6 Viktor Orbán's Fidesz is re-elected Prime Minister of Hungary
  • Apr 6 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win
  • Apr 7 76th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky 60-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Apr 8 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 79-58
  • Apr 9 Stuart Parkin is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on magnetic storage
  • Apr 10 88 civilians are killed by barrel bombs from Syrian war planes in Aleppo, Syria
  • Apr 10 The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 10 "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres in London, UK

Actress Emma Stone
Emma Stone

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 11 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • Apr 12 The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced
  • Apr 13 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon
  • Apr 13 78th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 280

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 13 Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title

  • Apr 16 Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
  • Apr 16 South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.
  • Apr 17 Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins a fourth term as President of Algeria
  • Apr 18 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest
  • Apr 21 118th Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi of United States 1st man in 2:08:37 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:18:57
  • Apr 22 David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United
  • Apr 23 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 27 Ariana Grande's first single from her second debut album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Craig Ferguson announces he will leave "The Late Late Show" at the end of 2014

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • Apr 30 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 1 Media personality Willard Scott (80) weds Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Apr 3 Who's the Boss actor Danny Pintauro (38) weds partner Wil Tabares in Dana Point, California
  • Apr 4 TV personality Taylor Armstrong (42) weds attorney John Bluher at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Apr 11 Actor and painter Titus Welliver (53) weds former model Jose Stemkens at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, California
  • Apr 12 Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (35) weds actor Josh Dallas (32) in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 12 Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter (34) weds long term girlfriend Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 19 Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Joe Lo Truglio (43) weds Beth Dover in in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 26 Actor Brian Baumgartner (41) weds Celeste Ackelson in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • Apr 5 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 8 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 10 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 11 Bill Henry, American baseball player, dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Apr 12 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Apr 20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Apr 25 Earl Morrall, American football player, dies from complications from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies from cancer at 89
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91