April 2016 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • Apr 3 Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, world largest 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

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 Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400
  • 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 Zuckerburg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Apr 29 Iranian run-off elections give moderates and reforms a majority in parliament

Deaths in History

  • Apr 10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • Apr 19 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • Apr 22 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • Apr 23 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 28 Conrad Burns, US politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • Apr 30 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85