What Happened in April 2009

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Croatia and Albania joined 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
  • Apr 4 Eminem Inducts Run-DMC Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • 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

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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

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • Apr 6 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
  • Apr 6 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State, 89-72; Tar Heels' 5th national title; Ty Lawson 21 points

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Director, Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams

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

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Apr 7 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 76-54; Huskies' 6th national title with center Tina Charles MOP
  • Apr 9 Mockumentary "Parks and Recreation" starring Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari debuts on NBC in the US
  • Apr 12 U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth

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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

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 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
  • 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

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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

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
Former New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark
  • 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

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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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Apr 25 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • 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 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • 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 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • Apr 30 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90