On This Day

April 2011 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
  • Apr 9 Gunman murders five people, injures eleven, and commits suicide in a mall in the Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • Apr 15 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accusing companies of fraud and money laundering

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 23 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • Apr 25 At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.
  • Apr 27 The deadliest day of the 2011 Super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak, in United States history.

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Apr 27 U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Weddings in History

  • Apr 2 Former Alias star Michael Vartan (42) weds Lauren Skaar at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 29 Royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton held at Westminister Abbey, London

Wife of Prince William Kate Middleton
Wife of Prince William
Kate Middleton
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American scientist, (1976 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine, for work on Hepatitis B), dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 14 William Lipscomb, American chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry (Nobel 1976), dies at 91
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist, dies at 36
  • Apr 16 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Bijan, Iranian men's apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • Apr 16 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, dies at 87
  • Apr 16 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • Apr 18 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, dies at 92
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 Max van der Stoel, Dutch politician & Minister of Foreign Affairs (PvdA), dies at 86
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)