April 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
  • Apr 2 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • Apr 4 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War

Event of Interest

Apr 9 Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

Coup d'état

Apr 11 An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez.

  • Apr 11 The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia
  • Apr 12 Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
  • Apr 12 Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
  • Apr 13 Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office
  • Apr 14 Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military
  • Apr 15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • Apr 17 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War

Meeting of Interest

Apr 23 Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors

  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • Apr 27 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • Apr 29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years

Important Vote

Apr 30 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 2 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 15 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (Ruth's Chris Steak House in Louisiana), dies at 75

Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002)

Apr 18 Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

  • Apr 23 Gopal Baratham, Singaporean author and neurosurgeon, dies at 66
  • Apr 23 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • Apr 27 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Dutch-Swiss industrialist, dies at 81
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
  • Apr 29 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist, dies at 100
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • Apr 30 Leslie Melville, Australian economist and public servant who helped develop the country's central banking system, dies at 100