On This Day

What Happened in April 2011

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

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Apr 1 Alan Rickman's last performance in "Seminar" on Broadway

  • Apr 2 Cricket World Cup, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: India beats Sri Lanka by 6 wickets; first country to win on home soil; Yuvraj Singh, Player of Series
  • Apr 3 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Stacy Lewis shoots final round 69 to win her first major, 3 strokes ahead of defending champion Yani Tseng

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 3 WrestleMania XXVII, Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA (71,617): Edge defeats Alberto Del Rio; The Undertaker downs Triple H; The Miz beats John Cena

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • Apr 4 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler, 53-41; Huskies' point guard Kemba Walker scores 16 points
  • Apr 5 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame, 76-70; Aggies center Danielle Adams scores 22 of her 30 points in the 2nd half
  • Apr 9 Gunman murders five people, injures eleven, and commits suicide in a mall in the Netherlands
  • Apr 9 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire wins aboard Irish 14/1 shot Ballabriggs; first GN win for trainer Donald McCain Jr., son of 4-time winning trainer Ginger McCain
  • Apr 10 75th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdies the final 4 holes to win his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Australian pair Adam Scott and Jason Day
  • Apr 11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • Apr 15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing companies of fraud and money laundering

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

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Apr 17 "Game of Thrones", based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO

  • Apr 18 115th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Mutai wins men's race in record 2:03:02; Caroline Kilel takes women's section in 2:22:36

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Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 23 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • Apr 25 At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
  • Apr 27 The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

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Apr 27 U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton first pick by Carolina Panthers

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 2 Former Alias star Michael Vartan (42) weds Lauren Skaar at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 2 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 17 Actress and model Torrey Devitto (26) weds actor Paul Wesley (28) in New York
  • Apr 20 "Hollywood Confidential" radio host Leeza Gibbons (54) weds Steven Fenton (41) at the rooftop of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
  • Apr 22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 29 Royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton held at Westminister Abbey, London

Wife of Prince William Kate Middleton
Wife of Prince William
Kate Middleton
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Apr 30 Actor Lorenzo Lamas (53) weds model Shawna Craig at Casa Dorada Resort in Cabo, San Lucas

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), dies at 82
  • Apr 2 Larry Finch, American college basketball coach (University of Memphis 1986-97), dies at 60
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • Apr 7 Pierre Gauvreau, Canadian painter, television writer and producer, dies at 88
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • Apr 9 Sidney Lumet, American film director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), dies at 86
  • Apr 9 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan, John Denver), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 76
  • Apr 14 William Lipscomb, American chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry (Nobel 1976), dies at 91
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist, dies at 36
  • Apr 16 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • Apr 16 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, dies at 87
  • Apr 16 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • Apr 16 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), dies at 82
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 17 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • Apr 17 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), dies at 70
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer, dies at 25
  • Apr 18 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89
  • Apr 18 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)
  • Apr 19 Grete Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (world record holder; 9-time NYC Marathon champion), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer (I Love Lucy), dies at 90
  • Apr 22 Moin Akhter, Pakistani actor, dies at 60
  • Apr 22 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American songwriter & musician, dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Max van der Stoel, Dutch politician & Minister of Foreign Affairs (PvdA), dies at 86
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • Apr 24 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • Apr 26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • Apr 28 William Campbell, American actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), dies at 87
  • Apr 29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukaemia at 85
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • Apr 30 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105