What Happened in April 2017

Historical Events


Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 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 American golfer Lexi Thompson loses ANA Inspiration in Racho Mirage because of TV viewer emailing earlier infringement
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins second major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson
  • Apr 3 Bomb on St Petersburg metro kills 11, 2nd bomb defused
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 7 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
Tupac Shakur
  • Apr 8 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • 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 Masters Golf Tournament: Spanaird Sergio Garcia wins his 1st major after beating Justin Rose in a playoff
  • Apr 9 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • Apr 10 Edward Enninful is announced the new Editor of "British Vogue" its first male and black editor
  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • Apr 15 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Apr 16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referundum 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 18 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election
  • 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

Sport awardFederation Cup

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

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

Appears on tv showTelevision 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 in Cedartown, Georgia
  • 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 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 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), dies at 95
  • Apr 10 Banner Thomas, American rocker (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 13 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • Apr 20 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), dies at 72
  • 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 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 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, pioneering 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