On This Day

Historical Events in April 2014

  • Apr 1 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • Apr 3 Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is elected President of Malta

Canonization

Apr 3 Pope Francis canonizes François de Laval, first bishop of Quebec, as a Catholic saint

  • Apr 4 President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years
  • Apr 5 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell wins aboard Pineau de Re; sixth French-bred horse to win the GN
  • Apr 5 Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire picks up the 1,000th win of his MLB career as the Twins score a 7 - 3 victory over the Cleveland Indians

Election of Interest

Apr 6 Viktor Orbán's Fidesz is re-elected Prime Minister of Hungary

Music Awards

Apr 6 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

  • Apr 6 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Dhaka: captain Meg Lanning's 44 from 30 balls leads Australia to 106/4; beat England 105/8 to win by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining); 3rd consecutive T20 WC
  • Apr 6 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 19 year old Lexi Thompson shoots a bogey-free final round 68 to win her first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Michelle Wie
  • Apr 6 WrestleMania XXX, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA (75,167): Daniel Bryan defeats Batista and Randy Orton in Triple Threat title match
  • Apr 7 76th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky, 60-54; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year

Sports History

Apr 8 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

  • Apr 8 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 79-58; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year
  • Apr 9 Stuart Parkin is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on magnetic storage
  • Apr 10 88 civilians are killed by barrel bombs from Syrian war planes in Aleppo, Syria
  • Apr 10 The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres in London

Hall of Fame

Apr 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; Nirvana; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; The E Street Band; Brian Epstein; and Andrew Loog Oldham

  • Apr 12 The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced
  • Apr 13 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon

US Masters Golf

Apr 13 78th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins his 2nd Masters, 3 shots ahead of runners-up Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 13 Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title

Television Premiere

Apr 15 US TV series "Fargo" created by Noah Hawley, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman premieres on FX

  • Apr 16 Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
  • Apr 16 South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.
  • Apr 17 Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins a fourth term as President of Algeria

Music Concert

Apr 17 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, and Bryn Terfel

  • Apr 18 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest
  • Apr 21 118th Boston Marathon: American Meb Keflezighi men's champion in 2:08:37; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins her 2nd women's title in 2:18:57
  • Apr 22 David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United
  • Apr 23 60 people are killed & 80 are injured after a train crashes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Music Single

Apr 27 Ariana Grande's first single from her album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released

Television Premiere

Apr 27 "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Craig Ferguson announces he will leave "The Late Late Show" at the end of 2014

  • Apr 30 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine