What Happened in April 2015

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Penninsula
  • Apr 2 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya
  • Apr 5 Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited
  • Apr 6 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin 68-63
  • Apr 7 34th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 63-53

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Apr 11 Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Apr 11 168th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Many Clouds wins

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Apr 12 Hillary Clinton announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for US President for the 2nd time

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Apr 12 79th Masters Golf Tournament: Jordan Spieth wins, shooting a 270
  • Apr 13 Migrant ship carrying around 550 sinks off the Libyan coast, about 400 drown.

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Apr 13 "Avengers: Age of Ultron", directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Apr 14 The oldest stone tools, at 3.3 million-years old, are found at Lomekwi 3, Kenya

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Apr 17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Apr 17 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history

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Apr 18 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Apr 19 Boat carrying approx. 850 migrants is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean between Italian and Libya, with only 27 migrants rescued.
  • Apr 19 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win
  • Apr 20 2015 Pulitzer Prize: Anthony Doerr's novel All the Light We Cannot See & Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
  • Apr 20 119th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:17 and Caroline Rotich of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 23 Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General
  • Apr 24 Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire
  • Apr 25 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Peninsula landings in Turkey by ANZAC forces during WWI
  • Apr 25 7.8-magnitude earthquake near Kathmandu in Nepal, killing 8000, leaving over 100,000 homeless, destroying many historic sites
  • Apr 26 Nursultan Nazarbayev is re-elected President of Kazakhstan with 97.7% of the vote
  • Apr 26 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win
  • Apr 26 FC Bayern Munich wins the 2014–15 Bundesliga for a 25th time
  • Apr 29 Indonesia executes 8 prisoners, including 7 foreigners, for drug offences at Besi Prison on the island of Nusakambangan
  • Apr 29 German Measles is declared eradicated from North and South America - 1st world region to do so
  • Apr 30 2015 NFL Draft: Jameis Winston from Florida State first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Apr 30 US senator Bernie Sanders announces he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

Famous Weddings

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Apr 11 Pro tennis player Andy Murray (28) weds Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Apr 12 Actor David Arquette (43) weds entertainment host Christina McLarty in a quiet ceremony
  • Apr 12 Fashion designer Tina Knowles (61) weds actor Richard Lawson (68) in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 25 Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson (64) weds multi-generational community developer Dean Wetter in her manager's California backyard
  • Apr 26 "The Vampire Diaries" actor Ian Somerhalder (36) weds Twilight actress Nikki Reed (26) in Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85
  • Apr 1 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97
  • Apr 5 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie - LA Law), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy],American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70

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Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer (leg spinner) and commentator, dies at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Apr 12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, dies at 74

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Apr 13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 15 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48
  • Apr 18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Sawyer Sweeten, American actor (Everyone Loves Raymond), commits suicide at 19
  • Apr 26 Jayne Meadows, American actress and wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76