On This Day

Historical Events in April 2012

  • Apr 1 Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
  • Apr 1 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins
  • Apr 1 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sun-Young Yoo wins sudden-death playoff on 1st extra hole after I.K. Kim misses a one-foot putt on the 72nd hole for the win

WrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: The Rock defeats John Cena, titled "Once in a Lifetime"

  • Apr 2 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
  • Apr 2 74th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeats Kansas, 67-59; Wildcats guard Doron Lamb, 22 points
  • Apr 3 Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%
  • Apr 3 Moscow fire kills 17 migrant workers

Election of Interest

Apr 3 US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

  • Apr 3 31st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 80-61; Lady Bears' second National title

Music Concert

Apr 3 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Esperanza Spaulding, Bruno Mars, Bryn Terfel, and Bill Clinton

Historic Publication

Apr 4 German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran

  • Apr 4 Somalia's National Theater is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation
  • Apr 4 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns
  • Apr 5 Severe storms in Argentina kill 14 people
  • Apr 5 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens
  • Apr 5 International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
  • Apr 5 A three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians; 16 inning game duration a MLB Opening Day record
  • Apr 6 US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
  • Apr 7 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
  • Apr 7 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier
  • Apr 8 German writer Günter Grass labelled 'persona non grata' by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai, due to his poem "What Must Be Said"

Easter Message

Apr 8 Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

  • Apr 8 76th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen
  • Apr 9 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"
  • Apr 10 United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
  • Apr 10 Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world

Election of Interest

Apr 10 Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite

  • Apr 11 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
  • Apr 11 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer
  • Apr 11 South Korean legislative elections result in the governing Saenuri Party retaining governance
  • Apr 11 Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6

Historic Event

Apr 11 Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Film Premiere

Apr 11 "The Avengers", directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Apr 12 A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect
  • Apr 12 Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet
  • Apr 12 Civilian rule in Mali is returned after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president
  • Apr 13 North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch

Historic Event

Apr 14 J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website "Pottermore"

  • Apr 14 165th Grand National: Daryl Jacob wins aboard Neptune Collonges; beats Sunnyhillboy in a photo finish and the closest ever GN finish

Hall of Fame

Apr 14 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

  • Apr 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beastie Boys; Donovan; Guns N' Roses; Laura Nyro; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The (Small) Faces; The Blue Caps; The Comets; The Crickets; The Famous Flames; The Midnighters; The Miracles; Freddie King; Don Kirshner; Tom Dowd; Glyn Johns; and Cosimo Matassa
  • Apr 15 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack
  • Apr 15 China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
  • Apr 15 US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated

Music Concert

Apr 15 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

Television Premiere

Apr 15 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

  • Apr 16 At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
  • Apr 16 For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction
  • Apr 16 116th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Wesley Korir wins men's section in 2:12:40; Sharon Cherop first woman in 2:31:50

St. Cuthbert Gospel

Apr 17 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

  • Apr 18 The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
  • Apr 20 Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people
  • Apr 20 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico

Film & TV History

Apr 20 People magazine name Eva Mendes as one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age

  • Apr 21 Two trains in Sloterdijk, Netherlands, injure 117 people in a head on collision
  • Apr 21 Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners
  • Apr 22 30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon

Television Premiere

Apr 22 TV political comedy "Veep" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky premieres on HBO

Election of Interest

Apr 23 Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections

  • Apr 23 Rangers F.C. owner, Craig Whyte, is banned for life from any involvement in Scottish football
  • Apr 23 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
  • Apr 26 70 people are killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama
  • Apr 26 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 27 Four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, kill 27 people
  • Apr 28 Tent collapse in St Louis, Missouri, kills one and injures 110 people
  • Apr 29 International Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for chemical weapon stockpiles comes into effect
  • Apr 30 The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
  • Apr 30 Spain's economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate
  • Apr 30 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
  • Apr 30 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history