Historical Events in April 2009

  • Apr 1 Croatia and Albania join NATO
  • Apr 3 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Apr 4 162nd Grand National: French-bred 100/1 outsider Mon Mome, ridden by Liam Treadwell, wins by 12 lengths from defending champion Comply or Die

Hall of Fame

Apr 4 Eminem inducts Run-DMC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Apr 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Beck; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Metallica; Run-D.M.C.; Bobby Womack; Wanda Jackson; Bill Black; DJ Fontana; and Spooner Oldham

Music Awards

Apr 5 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

Golf Major

Apr 5 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles the final hole to win her first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Cristie Kerr

  • Apr 5 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

WrestleMania

Apr 5 WrestleMania XXV, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX (72,744): The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels; John Cena beats Edge and The Big Show; Triple H downs Randy Orton

Film Premiere

Apr 6 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Austin, Texas

  • Apr 6 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State, 89-72; Tar Heels' 5th national title; Ty Lawson 21 points
  • Apr 6 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
  • Apr 7 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 76-54; Huskies' 6th national title with center Tina Charles MOP

Historic Event

Apr 7 Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces

Television Debut

Apr 9 Mockumentary "Parks and Recreation" starring Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari debuts on NBC in the US

  • Apr 12 73rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his 2nd major title in a playoff with Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry; Cabrera, first Masters champion from Argentina and South America

Historic Event

Apr 12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue

  • Apr 12 U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth

Murder of Interest

Apr 13 US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

  • Apr 15 Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008

Laureus Awards

Apr 16 Laureus World Sports Awards, (ceremony cancelled GFC): Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: China Olympic team

United Nations

Apr 17 Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark becomes the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organization

  • Apr 20 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia wins men's event in 2:08:42; Salina Kosgei of Kenya women's champion in 2:32:16
  • Apr 23 Gamma ray burst (GRB) 090423 is observed for 10 seconds, the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe

Film & TV History

Apr 25 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival

  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 26 55th British Academy Television Awards: "Harry and Paul" Best Comedy, "Wallander" Best Drama
  • Apr 30 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Apr 30 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured
  • Apr 30 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq