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April 2021

1 Year (2020)
Apr 02: Coronavirus pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 1 million worldwide.
Apr 05: Coronavirus pandemic: The first case of COVID-19 reported in a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
Apr 08: Coronavirus pandemic: China ends the lockdown after 76 days in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
Apr 10: Coronavirus pandemic: The death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 100,000 globally, a ten-fold increase from March 20.
Apr 14: World Economy to shrink 3% according to The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Apr 15: Coronavirus pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 2 million worldwide, just 13 days since the 1 million mark.
Apr 20: Oil prices reach a record low due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Russia–Saudi Arabia oil price war.
Apr 25: Coronavirus pandemic: The death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 200,000 globally, having doubled in 15 days. The U.K. becomes the fifth country to report 20,000 deaths.
Apr 27: Coronavirus pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 3 million worldwide. Confirmed cases in the US passes 1 million.

2 Years (2019)
Apr 04: Climate change: Warning from 'Antarctica's last forests' should serve as warning to world about where climate change could take us if carbon emissions go unchecked.
Apr 04: JK Rowling assistant to pay back fraud money to Harry Potter author
Apr 04: National Trust for Scotland asks public on what new developments would be acceptable near Culloden Battlefield.
Apr 04: Prince Harry and Meghan move into their new home in Windsor ahead of the birth of their first child.
Apr 04: Brexit: Angela Merkel says Germany 'will stand' with Ireland
Apr 04: Alesha MacPhail killer Aaron Campbell lodges appeal against sentence
Apr 14: California - Plane with the largest wingspan designed to act as a flying launch pad for satellites in the world takes flight.

5 Years (2016)
Apr 01: Denise Robertson, resident agony aunt for ITV's This Morning, dies aged 83.
Apr 03: Leak of 11m confidential documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonsecahas.
Apr 04: 1st boat with migrants being deported from Greece under EU plan, arrives in Turkey.
Apr 05: Iceland PM resigns following leaked Panama Papers on offshore finance.
Apr 06: Ex French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen fined 30,000e over holocaust comment.
Apr 07: British PM David Cameron admits receiving historic benefits from offshore funds.
Apr 09: British boxer Anthony Joshua bts Charles Martin (US) to win IBF heavyweight title.
Apr 09: UK Prime Minister David Cameron forced to publish full income & tax accounts.
Apr 10: Golfer Danny Willett 1st Briton to win US Masters in 20 years (Nick Faldo 1996).
Apr 13: Death of British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker aged 83.
Apr 13: UK: Culture Secretary John Whittingdale admits former relationship with an escort.
Apr 14: Death of actor Gareth Thomas aged 71 (star of 1970s BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7).
Apr 20: Death of British comedian, singer and writer Victoria Wood aged 62.
Apr 21: Death British film director Guy Hamilton, 93 ('Colditz Story', 'Goldfinger', 'Battle of Britain')
Apr 21: Death of US singer Prince aged 57.
Apr 21: Death UK film director Guy Hamilton, 93 ('Colditz Story', 'Goldfinger', 'Battle of Britain')
Apr 22: UK: Alton Towers admits breach of safety rules in Smiler Rollercoaster accident 2015.
Apr 25: UK High Street retailer BHS to file for administration threatening over 10,000 jobs.
Apr 26: Inquest says 96 football fans in 1989 Hillsborough Disaster were unlawfully killed.
Apr 26: Mitsubishi Motors admits rigging fuel economy tests since 1991.
Apr 26: UK: Junior doctors stage 1st all-out strike in history of National Health Service.
Apr 26: UK: Menswear retailer Austin Reed enters administration: 1,100 jobs at risk
Apr 27: UK: S.Yorks Chief Constable David Crompton suspended after Hillsborough inquest.

10 Years (2011)
Apr 01: UK: Newspapers Daily Sport & Sunday Sport cease publication.
Apr 09: Death of US film director Sidney Lumet aged 86 ('12 Angry Men', 'Network', 'The Verdict').
Apr 19: Death Norwegian athlete Grete Waitz, aged 57.1st woman to run marathon under 2 1/2 hrs.
Apr 23: Death of TV scriptwriter John Sullivan aged 64 ('Citizen Smith', 'Only Fools and Horses').
Apr 29: Royal Wedding: William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine Middleton (Westminster Abbey).

15 Years (2006)
Apr 05: Death of US singer & songwriter Gene Pitney aged 66 ('24 Hours from Tulsa').
Apr 06: 1st case of H5N1 avian flu ('bird flu') confirmed on a dead swan in Fife, Scotland.
Apr 07: Author Dan Brown wins legal case over copyright of 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Apr 11: Death of American singer June Pointer ('The Pointer Sisters').
Apr 11: European Space Agency's 'Venus Express' reaches and begins orbiting Venus.
Apr 12: UK: Prince Harry 'passes out' as officer, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Apr 18: UK: Peugeot announces plans to close 60 year old car factory at Ryton, Coventry
Apr 21: UK: Prince Charles TV tribute to mother, Queen Elizabeth II on her 80th birthday.

20 Years (2001)
Apr 01: Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic arrested for corruption & genocide.
Apr 05: UK: Dutch driver jailed for 14 yrs for deaths of 58 Chinese in back of his lorry at Dover.
Apr 11: Death Welsh singer & comedian Sir Harry Secombe, 79 ('The Goon Show'').
Apr 11: Death Welsh singer & comedian Sir Harry Secombe, 79 ('The Goon Show', 'Songs of Praise').
Apr 15: UK: Manchester Utd win Premier League championship title for 3rd time in a row.
Apr 23: Jane Andrews, ex assistant to Duchess of York, on trial for murder of boyfriend.
Apr 23: Jane Andrews, former assistant to Duchess of York, goes on trial for murder of boyfriend.
Apr 23: UK: Manchester Utd pay British record fee of £19m for 24 yr old Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Apr 25: Italian racing driver Michele Alboreto killed in test drive in Germany aged 44.
Apr 27: UK: Channel 4 broadcasts 3,000th edition of quiz programme 'Countdown'.

25 Years (1996)
Apr 03: Boeing 737 military jet crashes in Croatia. US Sec of Commerce among 35 killed.
Apr 06: Death British-born US actress Greer Garson, 91 ('Mrs Miniver', 'Goodbye Mr Chips').
Apr 06: Death of British-born US actress Greer Garson aged 91 ('Mrs Miniver', 'Goodbye Mr Chips').
Apr 11: Start of 'Operation Grapes of Wrath': 16 days' Israeli bombing of Beirut, Lebanon.
Apr 18: Cairo: 17 Greek tourists shot & killed by Islamic terrorists outside Europa Hotel.
Apr 20: Death British bookseller & writer Christopher Robin Milne. Son of A.A.Milne.
Apr 21: Romano Prodi wins Italian general election replacing Silvio Berlusconi.
Apr 21: Centre-Left leader Romano Prodi wins Italian general election replacing Silvio Berlusconi.
Apr 23: Auction of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's 5,000 possessions. Raises $35m.
Apr 23: Death of children's writer P.L.Travers (creator of 'Mary Poppins').
Apr 24: PLO & Israel cease calling for abolition of each other's state.
Apr 28: Port Arthur Massacre, Tasmania. Local resident Martin Bryant shoots dead 35.

30 Years (1991)
Apr 01: UK businessman Roger Cooper freed. Held in Iran for 5 years on espionage charges.
Apr 01: UK businessman Roger Cooper freed: held 5 yrs in Iran on espionage charges.
Apr 03: Death of British novelist Graham Greene ('Brighton Rock', 'The Third Man').
Apr 04: Children in care after 'Satanic Abuse' allegations, Orkney allowed home.
Apr 04: Children in care following 'Satanic Abuse' allegations on Orkney are allowed to go home.
Apr 07: UK: 1st episode of 'Prime Suspect' (Helen Mirren) shown on ITV.
Apr 09: Georgia declares independence from Soviet Union.
Apr 16: Death film director Sir David Lean ('Lawrence of Arabia', 'Dr Zhivago').
Apr 16: Death of film director Sir David Lean ('Lawrence of Arabia', 'Dr Zhivago').
Apr 20: Death of American film director Don Siegal ('Dirty Harry').
Apr 20: Death of British rock musician Steve Marriott ('The Faces').
Apr 26: Death of US composer Carmine Coppola ('Apocalypse Now', 'The Godfather').
Apr 30: Police arrest 'Unabomber' Ted Kacynski for 17-year bombing campaign in USA.

35 Years (1986)
Apr 05: Berlin Disco Bombing: Libyan terrorists kill 3 in disco popular with US troops.
Apr 05: Berlin Disco Bombing: Libyan terrorists kill 3, injure 200 in disco popular with US troops.
Apr 07: Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair sells company to Amstrad for £5m.
Apr 08: Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood elected Mayor of Carmel, California.
Apr 15: US retaliation bombing of Libya. 60 killed including Col Gaddafi's daughter, Hanna.
Apr 17: British journalist John McCarthy kidnapped in Beirut. (Released 1991).
Apr 23: Death England cricketer Jim Laker. Took 19 wickets v Australia (Old Trafford,1956).
Apr 23: Death of film director Otto Preminger aged 80.
Apr 23: Death of US popular music composer Harold Arlen ('The Wizard of Oz').
Apr 24: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster. 31 killed. Widespread radiation.
Apr 24: Death Wallis Simpson,89. Wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor (ex Edward VIII).
Apr 24: Death Wallis Simpson,89. Wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII).
Apr 29: Funeral Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson. Buried alongside King Edward VIII in Windsor.
Apr 29: Funeral Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson. Buried in Windsor.

40 Years (1981)
Apr 04: British group 'Bucks Fizz' wins Eurovision Song Contest ('Making Your Mind Up')
Apr 04: British group 'Bucks Fizz' wins Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with 'Making Your Mind Up'.
Apr 10: IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone.
Apr 11: Start 3 days' rioting in Brixton after arrest of local black man. Over 300 police injured.
Apr 11: UK: Start of 3 days' rioting in Brixton after arrest of local black man. Over 300 police injured.
Apr 12: Launch of 'Columbia', the first shuttle spacecraft to fly in space.

45 Years (1976)
Apr 01: Apple Computer founded in California by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak & Ronald Wayne.
Apr 01: Founding of Apple Computer (now Apple Inc) in California.
Apr 05: Death of American billionaire, business tycoon & aviator Howard Hughes aged 70.
Apr 05: James Callaghan elected Labour leader (& PM) after Harold Wilson resigns.
Apr 05: James Callaghan elected Labour leader (& Prime Minister) after Harold Wilson resigns.
Apr 07: UK: Disgraced MP John Stonehouse resigns leaving Labour Government with majority of 1.
Apr 07: UK: Disgraced MP John Stonehouse resigns leaving Labour Govt majority of 1.
Apr 25: Death British film producer & director Sir Carol Reed aged 69 ('The Third Man').
Apr 26: Death of South-African born British actor Sid James aged 62 ('Carry On' films).

50 Years (1971)
Apr 10: UK: 1st showing of comedy programme 'The Two Ronnies' on BBC TV.
Apr 22: Death of Haiti ruler Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier aged 64.

55 Years (1966)
Apr 02: Death English historical novelist C.S.Forester. (Creator of 'Horatio Hornblower').
Apr 03: Soviet Union 'Luna 10' is 1st spacecraft to orbit the Moon.
Apr 10: Death of British satirical novelist Evelyn Waugh ('Brideshead Revisted').

60 Years (1961)
Apr 01: UK ITV broadcasts 1st edition of pop music programme 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'.
Apr 11: Israel: Start of trial of Nazi Gestapo leader Adolf Eichman for crimes against humanity.
Apr 12: Russian Yuri Gargarin becomes 1st man in space. Orbits earth for 108 mins.
Apr 17: 1,500 Cuban exiles, backed by US, land at Bay of Pigs in attempted invasion of Cuba.
Apr 17: 1,500 Cuban exiles, backed by US, land Bay of Pigs in attempt invasion of Cuba.
Apr 27: Sierra Leone, West Africa, gains independence from UK after 150 years colonial rule.

65 Years (1956)
Apr 01: Elvis Presley's record 'Heartbreak Hotel' reaches No 1 in US music charts.
Apr 18: Film actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Apr 21: Elvis Presley's record 'Heartbreak Hotel' reaches No 1 in US music charts.
Apr 29: UK naval diver Lionel 'Buster' Crabb controversially reported dead.

70 Years (1951)
Apr 02: General Dwight D.Eisenhower appointed NATO Supreme Commander.
Apr 16: British submarine HMS Affray sinks in English Channel. All 75 crew killed.
Apr 17: Britain sets up 1st national Park: The Peak District National Park.
Apr 19: 1st Miss World beauty contest held in London.

75 Years (1946)
Apr 18: Birth of British actress Hayley Mills ('Tiger Bay', 'The Parent Trap', 'Polyanna').
Apr 18: Birth of British actress Hayley Mills.
Apr 18: League of Nations dissolved. All activities transferred to United Nations.
Apr 21: Death of British economist John Maynard Keynes.
Apr 29: Far East Military Tribunal convenes to try alleged Japanese war criminals.

80 Years (1941)
Apr 06: WW2: Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia.
Apr 12: Birth of West Ham & England footballer Bobby Moore. World Cup winner 1966.
Apr 24: WW2: Germany takes the Greek capital, Athens.

85 Years (1936)
Apr 06: Universal Pictures release 1st episode of science fiction serial 'Flash Gordon'.
Apr 23: Birth of American singer/songwriter Roy Orbison.

90 Years (1931)
Apr 04: Death French industrialist Andre Michelin, 78 (inventor detachable pneumatic tyre).
Apr 14: UK introduces the 'Highway Code' for drivers, cyclists & pedestrian road users.

95 Years (1926)
Apr 21: UK: Birth of Queen Elizabeth II (Princess Elizabeth).
Apr 28: Birth of American author Harper Lee ('To Kill A Mockingbird').

105 Years (1916)
Apr 05: Birth of American award-winning actor Gregory Peck ('To Kill A Mockingbird').
Apr 05: Birth of US award-winning actor Gregory Peck ('To Kill A Mockingbird').
Apr 11: Birth of American film & TV director Howard W.Koch.
Apr 17: Birth of Sirimavo Bandaranaike. World's 1st female Prime Minister (Ceylon).
Apr 22: Birth of violin virtuoso & conductor Yehudi Menuhin.
Apr 24: Start of 5-day Republican Easter Uprising in Dublin against British Rule.
Apr 28: Birth of Italian industrialist & luxury sports car maker Ferruccio Lamborghini.

115 Years (1906)
Apr 13: Birth of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett ('Waiting for Godot').

125 Years (1896)
Apr 06: First modern Olympic Games opens in Athens, Greece.
Apr 08: Birth of New York born lyricist Yip Harburg (songs for 'Wizard of Oz').
Apr 27: Birth US chemist Wallace Carothers (inventor of nylon: the world's 1st synthetic fibre).

130 Years (1891)
Apr 07: Death of US showman & circus impresario P.T.Barnum.

155 Years (1866)
Apr 09: USA: Civil Rights Act comes into law protecting rights of all citizens.

205 Years (1816)
Apr 21: Birth of English novelist Charlotte Bronte ('Jane Eyre').

405 Years (1616)
Apr 23: Death of English playwright William Shakespeare.


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