April 2015 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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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

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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 13 Migrant ship carrying around 550 sinks off the Libyan coast, about 400 drown.
  • Apr 14 The oldest stone tools, at 3.3 million-years old, are found at Lomekwi 3, Kenya
  • Apr 19 Boat carrying approx. 850 migrants is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean between Italian and Libya, with only 27 migrants rescued.
  • 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 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 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

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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

Deaths in History

  • 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 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 18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91