On This Day

What Happened in April 2021

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Seven democracy protesters convicted for unauthorized assembly in Hong Kong including Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai
  • Apr 2 New study suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago created South America's tropical rainforests [1]
  • Apr 4 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand wins her first LPGA Tour event by 2 strokes from NZ's Lydia Ko who cards a 10-under-par final round
  • Apr 5 India records over 100,000 new COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown
  • Apr 5 Tropical Cyclone Seroja causes floods and landslides in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, killing at least 113 people according to local authorities [1]
  • Apr 5 Italy scraps its 1914 film censorship law that could ban films on moral and religious grounds
  • Apr 6 Jeff Bezos, worth $177 billion, tops Forbes Billionaires list of 2,755 people, including new entry Kim Kardashian
  • Apr 7 Recording-breaking price of $3.25 million for a comic book as Action Comics #1, that introduced Superman for the first time, sells at auction [1]
  • Apr 7 UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 now the dominant variant in the US according to the CDC, as 108 American have received at least one vaccine dose [1]
  • Apr 8 US President Joe Biden says "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic" as he unveils package of executive actions including restrictions on "ghost guns"
  • Apr 8 Dr. Anthony Fauci thanks American health workers for their sacrifice during the pandemic, acknowledging their more than 3,600 deaths
  • Apr 8 Seventh night of unrest in Belfast, Northern Ireland even after joint call for calm by UK PM and Irish Premier
  • Apr 8 Egyptian archaeologists announce their most important find since Tutankhamun's tomb - discovery of a lost 'golden city' the 3,000-years-old ancient city of Aten near Luxor
  • Apr 9 Uganda opposition party National Unity Platform Party, headed by Bobi Wine, claims 623 people have been abducted and tortured by the government of President Yoweri Museveni [1]
  • Apr 9 La Soufrière volcano begins erupting on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent with a plume of ash 20,000 feet into the sky
  • Apr 10 China orders Alibaba pay a record fine of 18.2 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) after anti-trust regulations say it has been acting as a monopoly
  • Apr 11 74th BAFTAS held virtually; Nomadland" best film, Chloé Zhao best director, Frances McDormand, Anthony Hopkins best acting awards
  • Apr 11 85th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Hideki Matsuyama become first Japanese male to win a golf major; hangs on to beat American Will Zalatoris by 1 stroke
  • Apr 11 Tropical cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Australia near the town of Kalbarri with winds up to 170km/h (105mph)
  • Apr 11 20-year-old Daunte Wright shot and killed at a traffic stop by police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, who says they mistook their gun for a taser
  • Apr 12 Great Britain loosens its COVID-19 restrictions, opening pubs and shops after 175 days, the world's longest period of restrictions
  • Apr 12 Worst frost conditions in half a century will affect 80% of French vineyards according to industry officials [1]
  • Apr 13 US, South Africa and the EU authorities temporarily stop administrating Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after six women developed blood clots (out of 6.8 million)
  • Apr 13 White voice actor Hank Azaria apologizes for voicing Indian character Apu on The Simpsons for 30 years

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), dies at 71
  • Apr 2 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Gloria Henry [McEniry], American actress (Dennis the Menace), dies at 98
  • Apr 3 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), dies of COVID-19 at 78
  • Apr 7 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), dies from cancer at 70
  • Apr 7 James Hampton, American actor (F Troop - "Bugler Dobbs"; Teen Wolf), writer, and director, dies from Parkinson’s disease complications at 84
  • Apr 7 Anne Beatts, American comedy writer (National Lampoon magazine; Saturday Night Live, 1975-79; Square Pegs), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Viktor Kurentsov, Belarusian weightlifter (Olympic gold middleweight 1968; silver 1964; 5 x World C'ship gold middleweight), dies at 80
  • Apr 8 Conn Findlay, American rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1956, 64) and sailer (Olympic bronze Tempest 1976), dies at 90
  • Apr 8 Diána Igaly, Hungarian sport shooter (Olympic gold women's skeet 2004; bronze 2000), dies from COVID-19 at 56

Person of interestPrince Philip

Apr 9 Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Great Britain's Elizabeth II, dies at 99

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • Apr 9 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die), dies of a heart attack at 50 [1]
  • Apr 9 Ekkehard Fasser, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold, four-man 1988; World C'ship gold 1983; World Cup champion 1985-86), dies at 68
  • Apr 11 Massimo Cuttitta, Italian rugby union prop (69 caps [captain 16]; Milano, Harlequins, Bologna), dies from COVID-19 at 54
  • Apr 11 Colin Baker, Welsh soccer wing half (7 caps; Cardiff City 298 games), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Marco Bollesan, Italian rugby union number 8 (47 caps; CUS Genova, Partenope) and coach (Italy 1985-88), dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), dies at 88