What Happened in April 2009

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Croatia and Albania join NATO
  • Apr 3 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Apr 4 162nd Grand National: French-bred 100/1 outsider Mon Mome, ridden by Liam Treadwell, wins by 12 lengths from defending champion Comply or Die

Hall of Fame

Apr 4 Eminem inducts Run-DMC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Apr 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Beck; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Metallica; Run-D.M.C.; Bobby Womack; Wanda Jackson; Bill Black; DJ Fontana; and Spooner Oldham

Music Awards

Apr 5 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

Golf Major

Apr 5 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles the final hole to win her first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Cristie Kerr

  • Apr 5 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

WrestleMania

Apr 5 WrestleMania XXV, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX (72,744): The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels; John Cena beats Edge and The Big Show; Triple H downs Randy Orton

Film Premiere

Apr 6 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Austin, Texas

  • Apr 6 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State, 89-72; Tar Heels' 5th national title; Ty Lawson 21 points
  • Apr 6 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
  • Apr 7 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 76-54; Huskies' 6th national title with center Tina Charles MOP

Historic Event

Apr 7 Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces

Television Debut

Apr 9 Mockumentary "Parks and Recreation" starring Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari debuts on NBC in the US

  • Apr 12 73rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his 2nd major title in a playoff with Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry; Cabrera, first Masters champion from Argentina and South America

Historic Event

Apr 12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue

  • Apr 12 U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth

Murder of Interest

Apr 13 US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

  • Apr 15 Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008

Laureus Awards

Apr 16 Laureus World Sports Awards, (ceremony cancelled GFC): Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: China Olympic team

United Nations

Apr 17 Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark becomes the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organization

  • Apr 20 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia wins men's event in 2:08:42; Salina Kosgei of Kenya women's champion in 2:32:16
  • Apr 23 Gamma ray burst (GRB) 090423 is observed for 10 seconds, the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe

Film & TV History

Apr 25 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival

  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 26 55th British Academy Television Awards: "Harry and Paul" Best Comedy, "Wallander" Best Drama
  • Apr 30 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Apr 30 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured
  • Apr 30 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq

Famous Weddings

Roger Federer

Apr 11 Tennis champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

Michael Biehn

Apr 13 Actor Michael Biehn (52) weds actress Jennifer Blanc (35)

Andy Roddick

Apr 17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

  • Apr 25 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 82
  • Apr 2 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), dies at 79
  • Apr 2 Peter Anderson, English footballer (Plymouth Argyle), dies at 72
  • Apr 5 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), dies at 88
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), dies of cancer at 61
  • Apr 8 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • Apr 8 Lennie Bennett [Michael Berry], British comedian and TV game show host (Lucky Ladders), dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 10 Richard Arnell, English classical composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), dies at 81
  • Apr 12 Edward Harper, English composer and pianist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Kirby Laing, English Construction head (John Laing & Son), dies at 92
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), dies from melanoma at 69
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", dies at 54
  • Apr 14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88
  • Apr 17 Martin Garrod, British Commandant General Royal Marines, dies at 73
  • Apr 18 Enrique Franco, Spanish pianist, composer (Cuerda de presos), music promoter, and broadcaster (National Spanish Radio; Radio Clásica), dies at 89
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress, dies at 22
  • Apr 19 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), dies of prostate cancer at 78
  • Apr 21 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, dies at 83
  • Apr 22 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 24 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 61
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur [Bernice Frankel], American Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress (Mame; Maude; The Golden Girls), and singer, dies of lung cancer at 86
  • Apr 25 John J. Marchi, American politician (NY Senate 1957-2006), dies at 87
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress & model, dies at 25
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • Apr 30 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90