April 2007 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • Apr 11 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222
  • Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  • Apr 16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • Apr 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
  • Apr 20 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • Apr 24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

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Apr 25 Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 26 Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • Apr 27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Instanbul, Turkey

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 Princess Haalah bint Hashim, Princess of Jordan
  • Apr 10 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Dutch Princess
  • Apr 18 Hayah bint Hamzah, Princess of Jordan
  • Apr 21 Princess Isabella of Denmark
  • Apr 29 Infanta Sofía of Spain, Princess of Spain

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • Apr 3 Nina Wang, Asia's richest woman (b. 1937)
  • Apr 5 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 5 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • Apr 5 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • Apr 8 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • Apr 9 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)

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Apr 11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • Apr 11 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 12 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • Apr 14 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 15 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • Apr 16 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • Apr 16 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • Apr 16 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • Apr 16 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 18 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • Apr 19 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • Apr 22 Juanita Millender-McDonald, congresswoman from southern California (b. 1938)
  • Apr 23 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • Apr 23 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (b. 1934)

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Apr 23 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 28 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Apr 29 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • Apr 29 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • Apr 30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94