On This Day

What Happened in April 2017

Historical Events

Nobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

  • Apr 1 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • Apr 2 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
  • Apr 2 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships

  • Apr 3 Bomb on St Petersburg metro kills 11, 2nd bomb defused
  • Apr 3 79th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Gonzaga, 71–65; Tar Heels point guard Joel DeWayne Berry II, 22 points
  • Apr 4 Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians
  • Apr 4 Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong

Historic Event

Apr 4 Alibaba becomes the world's largest retailer according to US Securities and Exchange Commission

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

  • Apr 7 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack

Historic Event

Apr 7 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun

  • Apr 7 Smurfs: The Lost Village is released in the United States

Hall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers

  • Apr 8 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • Apr 8 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
  • Apr 9 Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria attacked by suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead
  • Apr 9 Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 17, Al-Shabaab group claim responsibility
  • Apr 9 81st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Spaniard Sergio García beats Justin Rose of England in a sudden-death playoff, after they completed 72 holes at -9; Garcia's 1st major title in his 74th attempt
  • Apr 9 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • Apr 10 "British Vogue" magazine announces Edward Enninful as new editor; first male and Black person to hold position
  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" directed by James Gunn, and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Tokyo, Japan

  • Apr 14 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26

Film Release

Apr 14 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Album Release

Apr 14 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

  • Apr 15 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children

World Record

Apr 16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Important Vote

Apr 16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referendum on 18-article constitutional reform package

  • Apr 17 1st living giant shipworm at 3 ft found in the Philippines, really a type of clam
  • Apr 17 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52
  • Apr 18 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election

Sports History

Apr 18 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich

  • Apr 19 Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O'Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Apr 20 Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured
  • Apr 21 Taliban attack army base at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, killing more than 100

Federation Cup

Apr 22 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

  • Apr 26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Television Debut

Apr 26 "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, based on the book by Margaret Atwood

  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together

  • Apr 29 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 8 Trump's personal aide Omarosa Manigault (43) weds pastor John Allen Newman at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 13 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony
  • Apr 14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Apr 15 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler (28) in Cedartown, Georgia; divorce in 2022
  • Apr 21 Actor David Henrie (27) weds former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill in Southern California
  • Apr 22 "Gotham" star Chris Chalk weds Kimberley Dalton Mitchell at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 29 Actress Carlson Young weds Foster the People member and producer Isom Innis in Fort Worth, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 5 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 8 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), dies at 85
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), dies at 95
  • Apr 9 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72
  • Apr 9 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46
  • Apr 12 Barry “Frosty” Smith, American rock, country and blues touring and session drummer (Lee Michaels; Roky Erikson; Doug Sahm), dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Sylvia Moy, American songwriter ("My Cherie Amour"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"; "It Takes Two"), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Apr 18 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), dies at 86
  • Apr 20 Cuba Gooding, Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies at 72
  • Apr 21 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), dies from cardiac arrest at 44
  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Václav Kučera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo; Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • Apr 24 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • Apr 26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • Apr 30 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40