Historical Events in April 2013

  • Apr 1 9 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Tikrit, Iraq
  • Apr 1 The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
  • Apr 2 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
  • Apr 2 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Apr 2 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China
  • Apr 2 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 2 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Apr 2 Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
  • Apr 2 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
  • Apr 2 Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Apr 3 24 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff in Papua New Guinea
  • Apr 3 46 people are killed and 100 are injured by a court-house suicide bombing in Farah, Afghanistan
  • Apr 3 50 people are killed by flooding across Argentina
  • Apr 4 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India
  • Apr 4 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India
  • Apr 4 Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka
  • Apr 5 60 people are killed in Nigeria after a bus collides with an oil tanker
  • Apr 5 Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis becomes 4th player to homer in first 4 games of a MLB season; 8th-inning grand slam propels Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Twins; his RBI total of 16 a MLB record
  • Apr 5 Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years
  • Apr 6 11 people are killed in an attack on a village in Midlu, Nigeria
  • Apr 6 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania wins aboard 66/1 Auroras Encore for trainer Sue Smith
  • Apr 6 22 people are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing at an election campaign tent in Baquba, Iraq

Sports History

Apr 6 Bayern Munich win their 23rd German Bundesliga title with 6 games to spare

  • Apr 7 15 people, including 9 children, are killed by an air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force
  • Apr 7 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Inbee Park wins her 2nd major title, 4 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu; first of Park's 3 straight major victories in 2013
  • Apr 7 Sweden wins the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship defeating Canada

WrestleMania

Apr 7 WrestleMania XXVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (80,676): John Cena defeats The Rock to win his record 11th WWE Championship

  • Apr 8 15 people are killed and 53 are wounded by a car bombing in Damascus
  • Apr 8 163 people are killed and 50,000 are displaced after tribal violence erupts in Darfur, Sudan
  • Apr 8 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan, 82-76; Cardinals' forward Luke Hancock hits 22 points
  • Apr 8 Filip Vujanović’s election as President of Montenegro is confirmed by the electoral commission
  • Apr 9 12 civilians and UN peacekeepers are killed in an ambush in Jonglei, Sudan
  • Apr 9 13 people are killed and 3 are injured from a shooting spree in Velika Ivanča, Serbia
  • Apr 9 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 93-60; Huskies' 8th National title
  • Apr 9 37 people are killed and 850 are injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Iran
  • Apr 9 The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage
  • Apr 10 Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
  • Apr 11 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico
  • Apr 11 57 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Daraa Governorate, Syria
  • Apr 11 Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China
  • Apr 11 Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Apr 12 11 people are killed and 30 are injured in mosque attacks across Iraq
  • Apr 12 A man-made 32-foot and 60 tonne monument that is dates around 2000 BC is discovered in the Sea of Galilee
  • Apr 13 20 civilians are killed by the government bombing of Saraqib, Idlib
  • Apr 13 8 people are killed after a bomb explodes on a bus in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 14 11 people are killed and 50 are injured after a hotel fire in Xiangyang, China
  • Apr 14 20 people are killed in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Apr 14 33 people are killed after a bus tumbled off a cliff in Trujillo, Peru
  • Apr 14 77th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Adam Scott wins his first major title and becomes first Australian Masters champion with a 2nd hole sudden death playoff win against Ángel Cabrera

Film & TV History

Apr 14 Comedian Kevin Hart is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California

Election of Interest

Apr 14 Justin Trudeau, son of long-serving Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

  • Apr 15 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25
  • Apr 15 33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • Apr 15 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line

Election of Interest

Apr 15 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela

  • Apr 16 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana
  • Apr 16 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
  • Apr 17 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas
  • Apr 17 5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack
  • Apr 17 North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone
  • Apr 17 Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand

Film Premiere

Apr 18 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

  • Apr 18 27 people are killed and 65 are injured in a cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq

Hall of Fame

Apr 18 28th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Heart; Albert King; Randy Newman; Public Enemy; Rush; Donna Summer; Quincy Jones; and Lou Adler

  • Apr 18 Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62
  • Apr 19 Boston bombing suspects killed and captured in Boston after 4 days
  • Apr 20 193 people are killed and 11,826 are injured after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Lushan County, China
  • Apr 20 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • Apr 20 Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy
  • Apr 21 185 people are killed in a conflict between Islamic extremists and the Nigerian military
  • Apr 21 Horacio Cartes is elected President of Paraguay
  • Apr 21 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • Apr 22 6 people are killed in a shooting rampage in Belgorod, Russia
  • Apr 22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League

Film Premiere

Apr 23 "Star Trek Into Darkness" directed by J. J. Abrams starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Sydney

  • Apr 23 21 people are killed during violent unrest in Xinjiang, China
  • Apr 23 28 people are killed and 70 are injured during clashes between police and Sunni Muslims in Hawija, Iraq

Historic Event

Apr 23 A 1% flash crash hits the US stock market after a news agency was hacked and claimed injury to President Obama

  • Apr 23 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage

Sports History

Apr 23 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

  • Apr 24 33 people are killed and 115 are injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Apr 24 Deadliest structural failure in history when 1,134, mostly garment workers killed and 2,500 injured after the Rana Plaza building collapses in Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • Apr 25 38 people are killed in a psychiatric hospital fire in Ramensky, Russia
  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • Apr 26 30 people are killed after a bus crashes following a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan

Music History

Apr 26 Cory Monteith is reported to have completed treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility

  • Apr 27 10 people are killed and 25 are injured after a bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Apr 28 3 people are killed and 14 are injured after a gas explosions causes a building to collapse in Reims, France
  • Apr 28 8 people are killed and dozens are injured after Taliban attacks on election candidates in Pakistan
  • Apr 29 7 people are killed after a Boeing 747 crashes in Bagram, Afghanistan
  • Apr 30 13 people are killed after a bomb explodes in Damascus
  • Apr 30 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
  • Apr 30 Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna is declared "The First Superstar of Indian cinema" at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
  • Apr 30 Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at 2, becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ

Historic Event

Apr 30 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years, following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix