On This Day

Historical Events in April 2002

  • Apr 1 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana, 64-52; Terrapins' first title in first title game
  • Apr 1 The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
  • Apr 1 "Stop to Love" compilation album by Luther Vandross is released
  • Apr 2 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • Apr 4 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War
  • Apr 6 155th Grand National: 8-year-old 20/1 shot Bindaree, ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies wins by 1¾ lengths from What's Up Boys
  • Apr 6 France beats Ireland 44-5 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; their 13th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Apr 11 The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia

BattleCoup d'état

Apr 11 An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez .

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Apr 12 Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
  • Apr 12 Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
  • Apr 13 Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 66th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods becomes the 3rd player to claim back-to-back Masters, 3 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen of South Africa

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 14 Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
  • Apr 15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • Apr 15 106th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Rodgers Rop claims men's event in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo women's winner in 2:20:43
  • Apr 17 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War
  • Apr 20 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans
  • Apr 21 48th British Academy Television Awards: "The Sketch Show" Best Comedy, "Cold Feet" Best Drama

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 23 Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • Apr 27 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • Apr 28 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Superstition Mountain G&CC: Jim Thorpe wins his lone career major title with birdie on first playoff hole against John Jacobs
  • Apr 29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years
  • Apr 30 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years