Historical Events in April 2016

  • Apr 3 Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca expose widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world's elite in the world's largest ever data leak
  • Apr 3 ICC World Twenty20 won by the West Indies, beating at England by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare at Eden Gardens in Kolkata
  • Apr 5 Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigns after the Panama Papers leak show a conflict of interest
  • Apr 5 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
  • Apr 5 PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation
  • Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 6 US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Apr 6 France passes legistration making it illegal to pay for sex

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Apr 6 Protests in Lima, Peru by 30,000 against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on 24th anniversary of her father Alberto Fujimori's coup

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 6 First baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico
  • Apr 7 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • Apr 10 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England's Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283
  • Apr 10 Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400

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Apr 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy political party Demosistō established by Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong
  • Apr 11 UN-backed ceasefire comes into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces
  • Apr 11 Updated "Tree of Life" published in "Nature Microbiology" by scientists from Berkeley University in California

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Apr 12 Breakthrough Starshot: Scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg

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Apr 21 US President Barack Obama begins a 4 day visit to the UK with Michelle Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Apr 22 Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 26 CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, announces that he will be giving his employees 10% of the shares in Chobani
  • Apr 29 Iranian run-off elections give moderates and reforms a majority in parliament
  • Apr 29 "Views" 4th studio album by Drake is released
  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)