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Historical Events in April 2019

  • Apr 1 China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May
  • Apr 1 Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year

Reiwa Era

Apr 1 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito

  • Apr 1 Major archaeological site announced discovered on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in Andes, dated 8th and 10th centuries AD from Tiwanaku state
  • Apr 1 Methane, a gas usually made by living things, detected on Mars in 2013 by European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported in "Nature Geoscience"
  • Apr 1 US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores
  • Apr 2 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) resigns after 20 years in office after widespread protests over running for another term
  • Apr 2 Canada is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world, according to a federal report, increasing 2.3% in northern Canada
  • Apr 2 70 villages evacuated in Khuzesta province, Iran, after at least 45 killed in flooding after unprecedented rainfall
  • Apr 2 Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago
  • Apr 2 NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024
  • Apr 2 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers
  • Apr 3 San Antonio coach Geg Popovich is ejected after an NBA record low 63 seconds in the Spurs 113-85 loss in Denver; receives 2 technical fouls in a verbal confrontation with a referee
  • Apr 3 Brunei brings into force new Sharia laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, prompting widespread condemnation

Historic Event

Apr 3 Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak goes on trial for the 1MDB corruption scandal in Kuala Lumpur, pleads not guilty

  • Apr 4 Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologises for the kidnapping of thousands of mixed-race children during colonial period in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda
  • Apr 4 US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents
  • Apr 4 Kathie Lee Gifford leaves NBC's "Today" show after 11 years
  • Apr 5 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season during the Thunder's 123-110 win at home over Detroit Pistons
  • Apr 6 Tampa Bay Lightning beats Boston Bruins, 6-3 in the season finale for their 62nd regular season win, tying the NHL record held by Detroit Red Wings (1995-96); 128 points, 4th in NHL history
  • Apr 6 First ever "Marsquake" seismic event on planet Mars detected by NASA's InSight lander
  • Apr 7 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ko Jin-young wins her first major title by 3 strokes over fellow South Korean Lee Mi-hyang
  • Apr 7 Rwanda marks 25 years and the beginning of 100 days of mourning since the genocide that killed 800,000 people
  • Apr 7 Rebel force the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar begins advancing on Tripoli with 21 killed and 27 injured over next few days as they try to take the capital

Historic Event

Apr 7 US President Donald Trump announces Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security is leaving her position

  • Apr 7 38th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 82-81; Lady Bears' point guard Chloe Jackson, 26 points
  • Apr 7 WrestleMania XXXV, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Becky Lynch beats Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown champion Charlotte Flair to win both titles

NBA Record

Apr 7 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix

  • Apr 8 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University
  • Apr 8 81st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Virginia beats Texas Tech, 85-77 OT; Cavaliers first ever National title; forward De'Andre Hunter, 27 points
  • Apr 8 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Apr 8 14 tons of black market Pangolin scales from 36,000 animals discovered in Singapore, one of largest ever found worldwide
  • Apr 8 Record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Apr 8 Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in sex cult NXIVM

Anti Omar al-Bashir Protest

Apr 8 Protests in Sudan against the government of Omar al-Bashir continue with seven killed and 2,500 arrested in Khartoum

  • Apr 9 Wolves have returned to the Netherlands after 140 years claim ecologists
  • Apr 9 Nine prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters found guilty on public nuisance charges for their part in 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
  • Apr 10 China announces move to cull more than 1 million pigs in effort to eliminate African swine fever

1st Photo of a Black Hole

Apr 10 First-ever photo of a black hole announced, taken by The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in 2017 in galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of earth, 55 million light-years away

  • Apr 10 New species of human announced named Homo luzonensis, 3ft tall, remains dated 50-60,000 years old found in cave on island of Luzon, Philippines
  • Apr 10 Four tiny sweat bees removed alive from a woman's eye in world's first operation of its kind at Fooyin University Hospital, Taiwan
  • Apr 10 First home delivery service by drone begins in Canberra, Australia by Wing, part of Google's Alphabet company
  • Apr 10 New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn with 285 cases
  • Apr 11 First day of voting in Indian general elections, the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters in the world's largest-ever election (till 23rd May)

Historic Event

Apr 11 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police and arrested on failure to appear in court on US extradition charges

  • Apr 11 Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashes on the moon

Historic Event

Apr 11 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir overthrown and arrested by the army in Khartoum after 29 years in power

  • Apr 11 EU leaders agree to a six-month extension to Brexit after UK parliament fails to reach any consensus

Historic Event

Apr 11 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution

  • Apr 12 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418
  • Apr 13 Body of 38-year-old Filipino woman discovered in abandoned mine starts the hunt for Cyprus's first serial killer, at least 5 other bodies later discovered
  • Apr 13 Australian super-horse Winx ends extraordinary career with a 3rd Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in Sydney; 33 consecutive race wins, a world record 25 Group One victories and $26.4 million prize money

Music History

Apr 13 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

  • Apr 13 World's largest plane by wingspan at 117m (385 ft), the Stratolaunch, built as a flying launch pad for satellites, takes its first flight from Mojave, California
  • Apr 13 Gregg Popovich surpasses Lenny Wilkens to became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with his 1,413th win as San Antonio Spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 101-96 in Western Conference Playoffs

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 83rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 5th Masters title by 1 stroke from Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson & Brooks Koepka; Woods' 15th major and first in 11 years

  • Apr 14 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg officially announces his presidential campaign in Indiana, first openly gay candidate to run for US president
  • Apr 14 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at center of controversy over comments about 9/11 at speech to Council on American-Islamic Relations after tweet by Donald Trump, defended by Nancy Pelosi
  • Apr 14 Seychelles President Danny Faure makes first-ever live speech from a submersible pleading for better marine protection
  • Apr 14 11 tornadoes hit US southern states killing eight in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana
  • Apr 15 123rd Boston Marathon: Lawrence Cherono of Kenya wins in 2:07:58, just 0.1s ahead of Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa; Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia is women's champion in 2:23.31
  • Apr 15 Measles cases jump 300% in first three months of 2019, according to World Health Organization, largest rise in Africa (700%) with 800 deaths in Madagascar

Music History

Apr 15 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Notre Dame on Fire

Apr 15 Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire, toppling its spire and destroying its roof

  • Apr 15 Los Angeles Clippers overcome an NBA record 31-point deficit to score an improbable 135-131 Game 2 playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland; shooting guard Lou Williams 36 points
  • Apr 15 3 days after winning Hobey Baker Award as top college hockeyplayer, Cale Makar becomes first defenseman to score in NHL debut during the playoffs in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 win over Calgary
  • Apr 16 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history with a 4-year $140m extension including record $65m signing bonus
  • Apr 17 Research showing pigs brains partially brought back to life at Yale University, published in "Nature"

Album Release

Apr 17 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"

  • Apr 17 Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
  • Apr 17 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
  • Apr 18 Irish Journalist Lyra McKee shot to death covering riots in Derry, Northern Ireland with dissident republican group the New IRA claiming responsibility
  • Apr 21 Terror attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in three Sri Lankan cities, Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa kill at least 253 and injure hundreds

Election of Interest

Apr 21 Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky wins the country's presidential election in a landslide

Historic Event

Apr 21 Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at a Extinction Rebellion protest in London amid city-wide climate protests where Waterloo Bridge was occupied over four days

Film Premiere

Apr 22 Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and an ensemble cast, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Apr 23 At least 54 jade miners buried by a mudslide in Kachin state, Myanmar
  • Apr 23 Southampton striker Shane Long scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 7.69 seconds in 1-1 draw at Watford
  • Apr 23 Second of two major earthquakes strikes island of Samar, Philippines, magnitude 6.3, a day after magnitude 6.1 hits Luzon Island killing at least 16 people
  • Apr 23 World's first malaria vaccine, giving partial protection to children, begins in Malawi by the WHO

Historic Event

Apr 25 Former US Vice President Joe Biden announces his campaign for president via video

  • Apr 25 Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon
  • Apr 25 Thousands march in Khartoum, Sudan calling for civilian rule
  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray #1 pick by Arizona Cardinals
  • Apr 25 Cyclone Kenneth strikes Mozambique with winds of 220km/h (140mph) killing at least38 people and damaging nearly 35,000 homes
  • Apr 25 More than 1,600 civilians were killed in US-led coalition air and land strikes on Raqqa in 2017, according to Amnesty International and monitoring group Airwars
  • Apr 26 Six suspected militants connected to Sri Lankan terror attacks killed along with ten others in a shootout with police in Sainthamaruthu
  • Apr 26 "No religion" tops survey of American religious identity for the first time at 23.1% edging out Catholics 23.0% and evangelicals 22.5%, in long-running General Social Survey
  • Apr 26 Waorani people of Pastaza win landmark environmental case against the Ecuadorian government to protect half a million acres of their territory in the Amazon rainforest

Historic Event

Apr 27 Pope Francis donates $500,000 for migrants stranded in Mexico trying to reach the US

  • Apr 27 Shooter opens fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and injuring three

Television Debut

Apr 28 TV series "Game of Thrones: The Long Night" episode debuts with the longest battle ever screened (nearly 80 mins), surpassing "Lord of the Rings" Battle of Helm's Deep (44 mins)

  • Apr 28 American diver Victor Vescovo makes the deepest dive ever to the bottom of the Mariana trench at 10,927m (35,849ft), and finds a plastic bag

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Disney says Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" made estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, first film to make more than 1 billion on opening

  • Apr 28 Largest demonstrations since 2014 in Hong Kong over plans to change law to send suspects to mainland China for trial
  • Apr 28 Spanish general election: no party wins a majority, Socialists under Pedro Sanchez win most with 29%
  • Apr 29 Indonesia is plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta due to the city sinking, according to a government minister
  • Apr 29 Over 300 people declared to have died through overwork in Indonesia's one-day election on April 17th, with over 2,000 fallen sick
  • Apr 29 Over 700 people infected with measles in the US, highest number for 25 years
  • Apr 29 Sports Illustrated features a Muslim model, Halima Aden, in a Burkini for the first time in their swimsuit edition
  • Apr 29 Islamic State releases video showing leader Bakr al-Baghdadi for first time in five years

Historic Event

Apr 30 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day

  • Apr 30 New type of dementia identified and named limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (Late) after misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease