On This Day

Historical Events in April 2017

Nobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

  • Apr 1 Chinese leaders announce plans to build city in Xiongan New Area, 3x size of New York
  • Apr 2 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead
  • Apr 2 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
  • Apr 2 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships

  • Apr 3 Bomb on St Petersburg metro kills 11, 2nd bomb defused
  • Apr 3 79th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Gonzaga, 71–65; Tar Heels point guard Joel DeWayne Berry II, 22 points
  • Apr 4 Chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria by Syrian government forces kills more than 80 civilians
  • Apr 4 Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong

Historic Event

Apr 4 Alibaba becomes the world's largest retailer according to US Securities and Exchange Commission

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner pulled after criticized for trivializing demonstrations

  • Apr 7 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack

Historic Event

Apr 7 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun

Hall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam inducted

  • Apr 7 Smurfs: The Lost Village is released in the United States
  • Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers
  • Apr 8 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • Apr 8 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
  • Apr 9 Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria attacked by suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead
  • Apr 9 Suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia kills at least 17, Al-Shabaab group claim responsibility
  • Apr 9 81st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Spaniard Sergio García beats Justin Rose of England in a sudden-death playoff, after they completed 72 holes at -9; Garcia's 1st major title in his 74th attempt
  • Apr 9 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage
  • Apr 10 "British Vogue" magazine announces Edward Enninful as new editor; first male and Black person to hold position
  • Apr 10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" directed by James Gunn, and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana premieres in Tokyo, Japan

  • Apr 14 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26

Film Release

Apr 14 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Album Release

Apr 14 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

  • Apr 15 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children

World Record

Apr 16 World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Important Vote

Apr 16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referendum on 18-article constitutional reform package

  • Apr 17 1st living giant shipworm at 3 ft found in the Philippines, really a type of clam
  • Apr 17 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52
  • Apr 18 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election

Sports History

Apr 18 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich

  • Apr 19 Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O'Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment
  • Apr 20 Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured
  • Apr 21 Taliban attack army base at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, killing more than 100

Federation Cup

Apr 22 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

  • Apr 26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Television Debut

Apr 26 "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, based on the book by Margaret Atwood

  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Gwyneth Paltrow brand Goop and Condé Nast announce they will be launching a quarterly publication together

  • Apr 29 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5