April 2012 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
  • Apr 2 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
  • Apr 3 Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%
  • Apr 3 Moscow fire kills 17 migrant workers

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 3 US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 4 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns
  • Apr 5 Severe storms in Argentina kill 14 people
  • Apr 5 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens
  • Apr 5 International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
  • Apr 6 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • Apr 7 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
  • Apr 7 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier
  • Apr 8 Günter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai

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Apr 8 Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 10 United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
  • Apr 10 Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 10 Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite

Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • Apr 11 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
  • Apr 11 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer
  • Apr 11 South Korean legislative elections result in the governing Saenuri Party retaining governance
  • Apr 11 Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6

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Apr 11 Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
  • Apr 12 A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect
  • Apr 12 Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet
  • Apr 12 Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president
  • Apr 13 North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website "Pottermore"

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Apr 15 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack
  • Apr 15 China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
  • Apr 15 US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated
  • Apr 16 At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
  • Apr 16 For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction
  • Apr 17 St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book (8th century), purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
  • Apr 18 The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
  • Apr 20 Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people
  • Apr 20 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico
  • Apr 21 Two trains in Sloterdijk, Netherlands, injure 117 people in a head on collision
  • Apr 23 Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections
  • Apr 23 Rangers F.C. owner, Craig Whyte, is banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
  • Apr 26 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama
  • Apr 26 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • Apr 27 Four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, kill 27 people
  • Apr 28 Tent collapse in St Louis, Missouri, kills one and injures 110 people
  • Apr 29 International Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for chemical weapon stockpiles comes into effect
  • Apr 30 The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
  • Apr 30 Spain's economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate
  • Apr 30 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • Apr 2 Elizabeth Catlett, American-born Mexican artist, dies at 96
  • Apr 5 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78
  • Apr 6 Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • Apr 8 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83
  • Apr 10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Ahmed Ben Bella, First president of Algeria, dies at 93
  • Apr 16 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • Apr 21 Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Apr 29 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • Apr 29 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83