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 7 Sweden wins the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship defeating Canada
  • 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
  • Apr 15 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela
  • 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

Person of interestMargaret Thatcher

Apr 8 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

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 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 Francois Jacob, French biologist and Nobel laureate, 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
  • Apr 23 Robert Edgar, American Congressman, dies from a heart attack at 69