April 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • Apr 2 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • Apr 6 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • Apr 8 Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
  • Apr 10 Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.

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Apr 11 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Apr 13 Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Apr 22 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
  • Apr 22 Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
  • Apr 24 King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • Apr 27 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

Weddings in History

  • Apr 1 Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica
  • Apr 1 Miss Puerto Rico 2003 Joyceline Montero weds architect Hansell Bajuelo at la Iglesia de la Misericordia in Guaynabo City
  • Apr 15 Miss Nigeria 2002 Sylvia Ansa Edem weds businessman Chris Emecheta at the Recreation Park, Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • Apr 2 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • Apr 6 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • Apr 8 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (b. 1929)

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Apr 13 Muriel Spark, Scottish author, dies at 88

Author Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
  • Apr 14 Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 19 Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • Apr 19 Zola Levitt, Messianic Jewish preacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • Apr 21 T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • Apr 23 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)
  • Apr 24 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • Apr 25 Jane Jacobs, American-born Canadian urbanist (b. 1916)
  • Apr 27 Julia Thorne, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)

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Apr 29 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (b. 1908)

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Apr 30 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • Apr 30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist