On This Day

April 2007 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • Apr 4 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • Apr 11 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222

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Apr 14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Apr 16 Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
  • Apr 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision
  • Apr 20 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • Apr 24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime

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Apr 25 Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 26 Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • Apr 27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
  • Apr 29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Istanbul, Turkey

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 Princess Haalah bint Hashim, Princess of Jordan
  • Apr 10 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Dutch Princess, daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 18 Princess Haya Bint Al Hamzah, Princess of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 21 Princess Isabella of Denmark
  • Apr 29 Infanta Sofía of Spain, Princess of Spain

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • Apr 3 Nina Wang, Asia's richest woman (b. 1937)
  • Apr 5 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (Josephine), dies at 83
  • Apr 5 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • Apr 5 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • Apr 8 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • Apr 9 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)

Person of interestKurt Vonnegut

Apr 11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • Apr 11 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 12 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • Apr 14 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 15 Brant Parker, American cartoonist, dies at 86
  • Apr 16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • Apr 16 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • Apr 16 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • Apr 16 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • Apr 16 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 18 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki, dies at 61
  • Apr 19 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • Apr 22 Juanita Millender-McDonald, American congresswoman from southern California, dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Paul Erdman, Canadian-born American economist & author, dies at 74
  • Apr 23 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), dies at 73

Person of interestBoris Yeltsin

Apr 23 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician & 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Apr 28 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist & philosopher, dies at 94
  • Apr 28 Bertha Wilson, Canadian lawyer & the 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, dies at 83
  • Apr 29 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • Apr 29 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • Apr 30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94