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April 2005 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • 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.

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

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

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 9 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 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 (b. 1923)

Person of interestJohn Paul II

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 4 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

Person of interestSaul Bellow

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

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 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)

Person of interestRainier III

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

Prince of Monaco Rainier III
Prince of Monaco
Rainier III
  • 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 22 Erika Fuchs, German translator, dies at 98
  • Apr 22 Philip Morrison, American physicist, dies at 89
  • 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)