On This Day

What Happened in April 2005

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Bubba Stewart becomes first African-American to win a major motor sports event when he takes out the Monster Energy AMA Supercross C'ship event in Irving, Texas
  • Apr 2 Newcastle United team mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer are sent off for fighting each other in a 3-0 home defeat to EPL rivals Aston Villa at St. James’ Park

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 3 WrestleMania XXI, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: Batista defeats Triple H; John Cena beats John "Bradshaw" Layfield

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • Apr 4 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois, 75-70; Tar Heels' 4th national championship
  • Apr 5 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State, 84-62; Bears' small forward Sophia Young is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 5 The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season opener, 8-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies; first team to represent the nation's capital since the Washington Senators left after the 1971 season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • Apr 7 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
  • Apr 9 158th Grand National: 9-year-old 7/1 favourite Hedgehunter, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins, win by 14 lengths from 40/1 shot Royal Auclair

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 10 69th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 4th green jacket on the 1st hole of a playoff with Chris DiMarco

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 10 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • Apr 10 At 16 years, 271 days James Vaughan scores for Everton in a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park; becomes youngest goalscorer in EPL history
  • Apr 11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
  • Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • Apr 17 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama
  • Apr 18 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia claims men's section in 2:11:44; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back races and 4th overall women's title in 2:25:12

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

Apr 19 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Apr 25 Final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937
  • Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union
  • Apr 25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan
  • Apr 26 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • Apr 27 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Apr 28 The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation
  • Apr 29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 9 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Apr 16 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 16 "Survivor: All-Stars" winner Amber Mariano (26) weds The Amazing Race star Rob Mariano (29) at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • Apr 19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 8 Prince Joachim of Denmark (35) divorces Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra (40) after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • Apr 1 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Apr 1 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)

Person of interestJohn Paul II

Apr 2 Pope Saint John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 3 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 4 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

Person of interestSaul Bellow

Apr 5 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • Apr 5 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American comic strip artist (Brenda Starr, Reporter), dies at 98
  • Apr 5 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), dies at 52
  • Apr 5 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • Apr 6 Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Geoff Millman, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), dies at 70
  • Apr 7 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, dies at 82
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • Apr 8 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • Apr 8 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • Apr 9 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist (Pornography: Men Possessing Women ), dies of heart failure at 58
  • Apr 9 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), dies of cancer at 63
  • Apr 10 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 10 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, dies at 89
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Maurice R. Hilleman, American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • Apr 13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, dies at 59
  • Apr 13 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor, dies at 46
  • Apr 13 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) & Communist politician, dies at 89
  • Apr 13 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer & producer (Vic Damone Show), dies at 91
  • Apr 14 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • Apr 15 Margaretta Scott, British actress (Crescendo, Where's Charley, Counterblast), dies from pneumonia and breast cancer at 93
  • Apr 15 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • Apr 15 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), dies at 79
  • Apr 16 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
  • Apr 16 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 16 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • Apr 17 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player, dies at 46
  • Apr 18 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (Amer Ballet), dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 93
  • Apr 19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 19 George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • Apr 19 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 22 Norman Bird, English character actor, dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Robert Farnon, Canadian composer & conductor, dies at 87
  • Apr 22 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • Apr 22 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • Apr 23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister, dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), dies from a chest infection at 97
  • Apr 23 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist, dies at 77
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; AL wins leader 1967 Boston Red Sox), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 24 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • Apr 24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • Apr 25 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Mason Adams, American actor, die at 86
  • Apr 26 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • Apr 26 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 95
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • Apr 28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka, dies at 45
  • Apr 28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 29 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)