What Happened in April 2007

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75
  • 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 3 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers 59-46
  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • Apr 8 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • 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 14 160th Grand National: Robbie Power aboard Silver Birch wins
  • 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.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 16 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

  • Apr 16 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival
  • Apr 16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:14:13 and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia 1st woman in 2:29:18
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 28 2007 NFL Draft: JaMarcus Russell from LSU first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Instanbul, Turkey

Famous Birthdays

  • 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

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 7 "Scrubs" actor John C. McGinley (47) weds yoga instructor Nichole Kessler at their home in Malibu
  • Apr 14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain
  • Apr 14 Two and a Half Men actress Melanie Lynskey (29) weds actor Jimmi Simpson (31) in a chapel overlooking a vineyard on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Apr 14 "Rocky" film series actor Carl Weathers (59) weds award-winning producer Jennifer Peterson on a seaside wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Apr 20 Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai
  • Apr 21 Bolivian model Carla Moron weds architect Pedro Gantier at la Iglesia San Francisco de Santa Cruz
  • Apr 21 Pop singer sensation Anastacia (38) weds her bodyguard Wayne Newton at the Quinta Real Huatulco in Huatulco, Mexico
  • Apr 28 Reality TV producer Mark Burnett (46) weds former "Touched By An Angel" actress Roma Downey (47) in a private ceremony at their home in Malibu
  • Apr 30 "Timbiriche" pop singer Paulina Rubio (35) weds Spanish public relations executive Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Najera in Cancun, Quintana Roo

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 11 "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (b. 1923
  • Apr 3 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • Apr 3 Nina Wang, Asia's richest woman (b. 1937)
  • Apr 4 Bob Clark, American film director (b. 1941)
  • Apr 4 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 5 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss)(b. 1956)
  • Apr 5 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 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 6 Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (b. 1916)
  • Apr 7 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • Apr 7 Barry Nelson, American actor (Airport), dies at 89
  • 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)
  • Apr 10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (b. 1925)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 13 Don Selwyn, Māori actor and film director (b. circa 1936)
  • Apr 14 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 14 Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 15 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 16 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • 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 17 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, dies at 96
  • Apr 18 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • Apr 19 Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (b. 1932)
  • Apr 19 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 20 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • Apr 21 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • Apr 21 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer and songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 26 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • Apr 28 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), dies of a kidney and heart ailment at 90
  • Apr 28 Tommy Newsom, American bandleader (b. 1929)
  • Apr 28 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (b. 1912)
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 29 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • Apr 29 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor, known as the leader of Olsenbanden
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 29 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • Apr 30 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • Apr 30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • Apr 30 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • Apr 30 Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • Apr 30 Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94