On This Day

April 2005 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day

  • Apr 7 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
  • Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County

Papal Inauguration

Apr 19 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

  • Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Apr 25 Final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937
  • Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union
  • Apr 25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan
  • Apr 26 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • Apr 27 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Apr 28 The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation
  • Apr 29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place

Weddings in History

  • Apr 16 "Survivor: All-Stars" winner Amber Mariano (26) weds The Amazing Race star Rob Mariano (29) at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • Apr 19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California

Divorces in History

  • Apr 8 Prince Joachim of Denmark (35) divorces Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra (40) after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator MIT, University of Massachusetts), and government administrator (US Housing and Urban Development; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), dies of stomach cancer at 81

John Paul II

Apr 2 Pope Saint John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

  • Apr 4 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

Saul Bellow

Apr 5 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

  • Apr 5 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American comic strip artist (Brenda Starr, Reporter), dies at 98
  • Apr 5 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)

Rainier III

Apr 6 Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81

  • Apr 8 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • Apr 9 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist (Pornography: Men Possessing Women), dies of heart failure at 58
  • Apr 10 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • Apr 11 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, dies at 89
  • Apr 11 Maurice R. Hilleman, American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) & Communist politician, dies at 89
  • Apr 16 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • Apr 19 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 21 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader (ÖTV (Öffentliche Dienste, Transport und Verkehr - Public service, transport and traffic) president, 1964-82)., dies at 80
  • Apr 22 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • Apr 22 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor and pop art pioneer (mosaics Tottenham Court Rd tube), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • Apr 23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister, dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist, dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • Apr 24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • Apr 26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka, dies at 45
  • Apr 30 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)