Historical Events in April 2018

  • Apr 2 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament championship game: Villanova defeat Michigan 79–62 in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 4 21st Commonwealth Games open in the Gold Coast, Australia
  • Apr 7 Suspected gas attack on Douma by Syrian government airforce kills more than 40 people and injuries more than 500
  • Apr 7 Canadian Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team involved in a bus crash outside Tisdale, Saskatchewan that kills 16
  • Apr 8 Hungarian parliamentary election won by right-wing Fidesz–KDNP alliance with Viktor Orbán remaining Prime Minister
  • Apr 8 82nd Masters Golf: Patrick Reed wins his first major title shooting 273
  • Apr 9 US Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes the first senator to give birth while in office
  • Apr 9 Fleetwood Mac announce new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell after firing long-standing member Lindsey Buckingham

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Apr 10 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins testifying before US Congress about data use and security

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Apr 14 National Gardening Day, since 2018 and according to the National Day Calendar

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 14 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

  • Apr 14 US, UK and French forces carry out airstrikes on sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons program, in response to Douma gas attack
  • Apr 16 Desiree Linden becomes the first American to win the women's Boston marathon title since 1985
  • Apr 17 Former F.B.I. director James Comey publishes his political autobiography “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”
  • Apr 17 Protests across India at the rape and murder of an 8-year old Muslim girl in Kathua, Bengalu
  • Apr 18 Protests begin in Managua, Nicaragua, over proposed changes to social security, protesters beaten by suspected pro-government gangs

  • Apr 18 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened

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Apr 19 Miguel Diaz-Canel is elected Cuba's new president after former president Raúl Castro steps down

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Apr 19 Senator Tammy Duckworth is the first parent to bring a baby into the US Senate a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber's floor

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Apr 20 Mexican court bars sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo
  • Apr 20 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager

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Apr 20 Commonwealth countries decide Prince Charles will suceed Queen Elizabeth as the next head of the Commonwealth

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Apr 20 Actress Allison Mack arrested on charges of sex trafficking in relation to sex cult NXIVM in New York
  • Apr 20 King Mswati III of Swaziland changes the name of Swaziland to eSwatini, or “land of the Swati”
  • Apr 21 Oakland A's left hander Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 22 Bus crash in North Korea kills 36, with most Chinese tourists
  • Apr 22 Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills more than 20 at a wedding in northwestern Yemen
  • Apr 22 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah is named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year

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Apr 22 Monte Carlo Tennis Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to extend his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Apr 22 Gunman opens fire at Waffle House in Nasville, Tennessee, killing four with James Shaw Jr. wrestling rifle from gunman's hands

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 23 Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and large ensemble cast premieres in Los Angeles

  • Apr 23 Van deliberately driven into pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, killing 10 and injuring 13
  • Apr 23 Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan resigns after 10 years in office after mass protests against him beginning an unconstitutional third term
  • Apr 23 Mario Abdo Benítez is elected President of Paraguay

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Apr 24 US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Apr 24 Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England
  • Apr 24 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

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Apr 24 Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • Apr 24 Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo arrested and charged with eight murders after being identified through genealogy websites
  • Apr 25 Indian religious leader Asaram Bapu is sentenced to life for raping a 16-year old girl
  • Apr 25 Danish inventor Peter Madsen found guilty of killing and desecrating body of journalist Kim Wall aboard submarine, sentenced to life imprisonment

  • Apr 26 Serial killer "Golden State Killer" identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California

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Apr 26 Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: 4 quarterbacks are taken in the top 10 selections for the first time in history

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Apr 27 Historic Korean summit, the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end Korean war and rid peninsula of nuclear weapons

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Apr 27 Swedish band ABBA announce they have recorded new songs for the first time since 1982

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Apr 27 German leader Angela Merkel has a 1-day trip to Washington meeting US President Donald Trump

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 27 Mass protests across Spain after 5 men convicted of sexual abuse but not rape of teenage girl during Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona
  • Apr 27 More than 40 Tuareg killed over two days by suspected jihadists in Menaka region, Mali
  • Apr 28 Shaquem Griffin is the first one-handed person to be drafted into the NFL, for the Seattle Seahawks

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Apr 28 Danny Devito Day declared in Jersey for 17th November by Mayor John Moor of Asbury Park

  • Apr 28 World's largest child sacrifice, 140 remains uncovered by archaeologists near Trujillo, Peru, dating back 550 years to Chimú civilisation
  • Apr 28 Indian government announces electricity has now reached every Indian village
  • Apr 29 UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigns amid immigration scandal involving the Windrush generation
  • Apr 29 Sweden's official Twitter account confirms Swedish meatballs actually originated in Turkey
  • Apr 29 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title

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Apr 29 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses "Gunsmoke"'s 635-episode count to have highest episode count of any series on TV

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria

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Apr 29 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses "Gunsmoke"'s 635-episode count to have highest episode count of any series on TV

Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria
Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • Apr 30 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide

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Apr 30 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Apr 30 World's oldest known spider, a female trapdoor, dies after being killed by a wasp sting in Western Australia, aged 43
  • Apr 30 Coordinated double suicide attack kills 36 in Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine journalists
  • Apr 30 Etienne Terrus art museum in Elne, France, reveals half of its collection are fakes
  • Apr 30 Sajid Javid is named UK Home Secretary by Prome Minister Teresa May
  • Apr 30 Pakistani city of Nawabshah sets global record for an April temperature, recording high of 50.2C