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April 2013 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 9 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Tikrit, Iraq
  • Apr 1 The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan
  • Apr 2 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Apr 2 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 2 Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
  • Apr 2 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
  • Apr 2 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Apr 2 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China
  • Apr 2 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
  • Apr 2 Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Apr 3 46 people are killed and 100 are injured by a court-house suicide bombing in Farah, Afghanistan
  • Apr 3 50 people are killed by flooding across Argentina
  • Apr 3 24 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff in Papua New Guinea
  • Apr 4 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India
  • Apr 4 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India
  • Apr 4 Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka

  • Apr 5 Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years
  • Apr 5 60 people are killed in Nigeria after a bus collides with an oil tanker
  • Apr 6 22 people are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing at an election campaign tent in Baquba, Iraq
  • Apr 6 11 people are killed in an attack on a village in Midlu, Nigeria
  • Apr 6 Bayern Munich win their 23rd German Bundesliga title with 6 games to spare
  • Apr 7 15 people, including 9 children, are killed by an air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force
  • Apr 8 15 people are killed and 53 are wounded by a car bombing in Damascus
  • Apr 8 163 people are killed and 50,000 are displaced after tribal violence erupts in Darfur, Sudan
  • Apr 8 Filip Vujanović’s election as President of Montenegro is confirmed by the electoral commission
  • Apr 9 12 civilians and UN peacekeepers are killed in an ambush in Jonglei, Sudan
  • Apr 9 37 people are killed and 850 are injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Iran
  • Apr 9 13 people are killed and 3 are injured from a shooting spree in Velika Ivanča, Serbia
  • Apr 9 The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage
  • Apr 10 Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
  • Apr 11 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico
  • Apr 11 57 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Daraa Governorate, Syria
  • Apr 11 Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Apr 11 Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China
  • Apr 12 11 people are killed and 30 are injured in mosque attacks across Iraq
  • Apr 12 A man-made 32-foot and 60 tonne monument that is dates around 2000 BC is discovered in the Sea of Galilee

  • Apr 13 8 people are killed after a bomb explodes on a bus in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Apr 13 20 civilians are killed by the government bombing of Saraqib, Idlib
  • Apr 14 20 people are killed in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Apr 14 33 people are killed after a bus tumbled off a cliff in Trujillo, Peru
  • Apr 14 11 people are killed and 50 are injured after a hotel fire in Xiangyang, China

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 14 Justin Trudeau, son of long-serving Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Apr 15 33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 15 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Apr 16 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
  • Apr 16 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana
  • Apr 17 5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack
  • Apr 17 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas
  • Apr 17 North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone
  • Apr 17 Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand
  • Apr 18 27 people are killed and 65 are injured in a cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Apr 18 Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62
  • Apr 19 Boston bombing suspects killed and captured in Boston after 4 days
  • Apr 20 193 people are killed and 11,826 are injured after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Lushan County, China
  • Apr 20 Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy
  • Apr 21 185 people are killed in a conflict between Islamic extremists and the Nigerian military
  • Apr 21 Horacio Cartes is elected President of Paraguay
  • Apr 22 6 people are killed in a shooting rampage in Belgorod, Russia
  • Apr 23 28 people are killed and 70 are injured during clashes between police and Sunni Muslims in Hawija, Iraq
  • Apr 23 21 people are killed during violent unrest in Xinjiang, China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 A 1% flash crash hits the US stock market after a news agency was hacked and claimed injury to President Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Apr 23 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Apr 24 33 people are killed and 115 are injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Apr 24 Deadliest structural failure in history when 1,134, mostly garment workers killed and 2,500 injured after the Rana Plaza building collapses in Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • Apr 25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • Apr 25 38 people are killed in a psychiatric hospital fire in Ramensky, Russia
  • Apr 26 30 people are killed after a bus crashes following a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan
  • Apr 27 10 people are killed and 25 are injured after a bomb attack in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Apr 28 8 people are killed and dozens are injured after Taliban attacks on election candidates in Pakistan
  • Apr 28 3 people are killed and 14 are injured after a gas explosions causes a building to collapse in Reims, France
  • Apr 29 7 people are killed after a Boeing 747 crashes in Bagram, Afghanistan
  • Apr 30 13 people are killed after a bomb explodes in Damascus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years, following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix

King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander
King of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander
  • Apr 30 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
  • Apr 30 Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at 2, becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ

Weddings in History

  • Apr 20 "Hart of Dixie" actor Scott Porter (33) weds Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 Carmine Infantino, American comic book artist, dies at 87
  • Apr 7 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Apr 9 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • Apr 9 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), dies at 93
  • Apr 10 Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96
  • Apr 14 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker, dies from overdose at 30
  • Apr 15 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79
  • Apr 19 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Apr 20 Struther Arnott, Scottish molecular biologist and chemist (cancer research), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, dies at 107

Person of interestShakuntala Devi

Apr 21 Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator known as the "Human Computer", stops calculating at 83 due to complications from severe respiratory problems

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi
  • Apr 23 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman & politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), dies from a heart attack at 69