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April 2019

1 Year (2018)
Apr 02: Deaths - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African activist and politician (b. 1936)
Apr 04: April 4–15 – The 2018 Commonwealth Games are held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Apr 05: Brazil - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is given an arrest warrant after a vote by the Supreme Court voted 6–5 in favor of denying his habeas corpus, due to corruption and other scandals.
Apr 05: Eric Bristow - darts legend dies aged 60
Apr 05: Gender pay gap deadline missed by 1500 firms.
Apr 06: Canada - A semi-truck collides with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey junior team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 and injuring 13 people.
Apr 08: Syria – At least 70 people are reported to have died, with hundreds suffering injuries, after a sarin chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.
Apr 10: Waitrose the first supermarket to ban disposable coffee cups
Apr 11: Algiers – 257 people are killed after an Ilyushin Il-76 belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashes near Algiers.
Apr 14: Syria – The United States, the United Kingdom and France order the bombing of Syrian military bases, in response to the sarin attack allegedly by the Bashar al-Assad regime on civilians in Ghouta.
Apr 17: Deaths - Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States (b. 1925)
Apr 18: In Nicaragua, protests begin against announced reforms of Social Security which would decrease retirement pension benefits. An estimated number of 34 protesters are killed by police.
Apr 18: Saudi Arabia - Cinemas open for the first time since 1983, with the American film Black Panther chosen as the first to be screened.
Apr 18: Dale Winton dies age 62. Dale Winton was the flamboyant and much-loved television presenter, best known for hosting ITV game show Supermarket Sweep in the 1990s, appearing in seven series, and more recently in the BBC lottery show In It To Win It.
Apr 19: Cuba - Miguel Díaz-Canel is sworn in as President of Cuba, marking the first time since 1959 that Cuba has had a president other than Fidel or Raúl Castro.
Apr 20: Death - Avicii (Tim Bergling) 8 September 1989 – 20 April 2018), better known by his stage name Avicii was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer.
Apr 23: Toronto – A vehicle-ramming attack kills 10 people and injures 16 in Toronto. A 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian, is arrested.
Apr 23: UK - A new Prince is born to the duke and duchess of Cambridge.
Apr 23: Alfie Evans life support removed. Alfie's parents lost all legal challenges to a court ruling allowing the hospital to withdraw ventilation, after being in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year.
Apr 27: Korea – Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in, becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the Demilitarized Zone since its creation in 1953.
Apr 28: Toddler Alfie Evans dies a week after life support was withdrawn.
Apr 29: Amber Rudd resigns from post of Home Secretary.
Apr 30: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Iran of not holding up its end of the Iran nuclear deal after presenting a cache of over 100,000 documents detailing the extent of Iran's nuclear program. Iran denounces Netanyahu's presentation as "propaganda".

2 Years (2017)
Apr 03: 14 killed and 45 injured in bomb explosion on underground train in St Petersburg.
Apr 04: Chemical air attack in north-west Syria kills over 80 & injures many others.
Apr 04: UK: Labour Party suspends Ken Livingstone from holding office for another year.
Apr 06: UK: Jon Platt loses legal challenge over taking daughter out of school in term time.
Apr 07: US missile attack from warships at Syrian airfield in response to chemical attack.
Apr 07: 4 killed by lorry crash terrorist attack in centre of Stockholm.
Apr 07: Death of British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, 70 (TV series The Jewel in the Crown).
Apr 08: Basque Separatist Group ETA gives in weapons: militant campaign is over.
Apr 09: Palm Sunday bombings at 2 Coptic Christian churches in Egypt kill at least 45 .
Apr 09: Controversy for United Airlines after passenger dragged off overbooked flight.
Apr 10: Funeral of PC Keith Palmer, killed in Westminster attack on March 22.
Apr 10: Fashion chain Jaeger goes into administration, putting 700 UK jobs at risk.
Apr 11: 3 explosions hit bus with Borussia Dortmund football team, injuring one player.
Apr 13: US strike in Afghanistan with "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) 70 IS militants killed.
Apr 14: Sun's Kelvin MacKenzie suspended over column re Everton footballer Ross Barclay.
Apr 15: Growing military tension continues between North Korea & United States.
Apr 15: World's oldest person, Emma Morano, dies in Italy aged 117 ( b 29.11.1899).
Apr 17: Over 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails begin mass hunger strike against conditions.
Apr 17: Prince Harry admits to counselling 20 years after death of mother, Princess Diana.
Apr 17: Turkish President Recep Erdogan wins extra powers in 'Yes' vote referendum.
Apr 18: UK Prime Minister Theresa May announces snap election for June 08, 2017.
Apr 20: Fox News drops presenter Bill O'Reilly over sexual harassment claims.
Apr 23: Death US actress Erin Moran, aged 56 ('Joanie' in 1970s sitcom 'Happy Days')
Apr 26: Death US film director Jonathan Demme, 73 ('Silence of the Lambs', 'Philadelphia').
Apr 28: Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman freed (shot dead wounded Taliban fighter).

5 Years (2014)
Apr 01: UK formal handover command military operations Helmand, Afghanistan to USA.
Apr 06: Death of Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney aged 93.
Apr 07: Duke & Duchess of Cambridge & son George start tour of New Zealand & Australia.
Apr 07: Death of Peaches Geldof aged 25. Daughter of Bob Geldoff & Paula Yates.
Apr 08: Death of US professional wrestler James Hellwig (The Ultimate Warrior) aged 54.
Apr 08: Irish President Michael Higgins makes 1st state visit to UK by an Irish head of state.
Apr 09: UK: Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns following a row over her expenses.
Apr 10: Death of novelist Sue Townsend aged 68 (creator of 'Adrian Mole').
Apr 14: 276 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria by terrorist organisation Boko Haram.
Apr 18: 16 climbers killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest, Himalayas.
Apr 20: UK: 50th Anniversary of the launch of TV channel BBC 2.
Apr 22: Manchester Utd football club manager David Moyes sacked after 10 months.
Apr 24: Death of Rangers & Scotland footballer Sandy Jardine aged 65.
Apr 26: 5 British servicemen killed in Lynx helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.
Apr 28: UK: Teacher Ann Maguire, 61, dies after stabbing at Catholic College in Leeds.
Apr 28: UK: Sheffield house fire kills three generations of one family.
Apr 28: Publicist Max Clifford, 71, found guilty of 8 indecent assaults on women and girls.
Apr 29: Death of British actor Bob Hoskins aged 71 ('The Long Good Friday', 'Mona Lisa').
Apr 30: Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas break up after two years together.

10 Years (2009)
Apr 01: Helicopter crash in North Sea kills all 16 on board.
Apr 03: UK: BBC fined £150,000 for controversial phone call by broadcaster Russell Brand.
Apr 11: Resignation of Damian McBride, special adviser to UK PM Gordon Brown.
Apr 15: Death of British writer, broadcaster & chef Sir Clement Freud.
Apr 22: UK: Chancellor Alistair Darling introduces 50% tax on earnings over £150,000.
Apr 24: 3 cases of Swine Flu confirmed in England.

15 Years (2004)
Apr 01: Google launches its free email service called Gmail.
Apr 13: Death of British TV presenter Caron Keating aged 41.
Apr 22: Ryongchon Disaster, North Korea. 2 trains collide & explode. Estimated 3,000 killed.
Apr 22: Ryongchon Disaster, N.Korea. 2 trains collide & explode. Estimated 3,000 killed.
Apr 24: Death of US cosmetics businesswoman Estee Lauder.

20 Years (1999)
Apr 01: Labour Government in Britain introduces a National Minimum Wage (hourly rate).
Apr 14: Severe hailstorm in Sydney, Australia causes over £1billion damages.
Apr 20: US: Columbine High School Massacre, Colorado. 13 students & a teacher killed.
Apr 20: USA: Columbine High School Massacre, Colorado. 13 students & a teacher killed.
Apr 26: British TV presenter Jill Dando murdered outside home in London aged 38.
Apr 26: British TV presenter Jill Dando murdered outside her home in London aged 38.
Apr 28: Death former England football manager Sir Alf Ramsey. Won World Cup 1966.
Apr 30: Soho Bombing, London: 3 killed & 30 injured in nail bomb attack Old Compton Street.

25 Years (1994)
Apr 05: Suicide of American rock singer Kurt Cobain aged 27.
Apr 22: Death of former US President Richard Nixon.
Apr 26: 1st full multi-racial election in South Africa. Nelson Mandela elected President.
Apr 26: 1st full multi-racial election in S.Africa. Nelson Mandela elected President.
Apr 28: US: Former CIA Agent Aldrich Ames jailed for life for spying for the Russians.

30 Years (1989)
Apr 01: UK Government introduces Community Charge ('Poll Tax') into Scotland.
Apr 07: Russian submarine 'Komsomolets' catches fire & sinks in Barents Sea. 42 killed.
Apr 12: Death of American champion boxer 'Sugar Ray' Robinson aged 67.
Apr 15: Hillsborough Disaster, Sheffield. 96 Liverpool football fans killed in crush.
Apr 19: Death of English novelist Daphne du Maurier ('Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn').
Apr 26: Death of American TV & film comedy actress Lucille Ball aged 77.
Apr 30: Death of Italian film director Sergio Leone (Spaghetti Westerns).

35 Years (1984)
Apr 04: UK: Anti-nuclear women protestors evicted from Greenham Common airbase.
Apr 04: UK: Anti-nuclear women protestors evicted from Greenham Common airbase, Berkshire.
Apr 09: UK: Violent clashes between police & Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire miners.
Apr 09: UK: Violent clashes between police & miners on strike in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.
Apr 15: Death of British comedian Tommy Cooper collapsing on stage aged 63.
Apr 15: Death of British comedian Tommy Cooper collapses & dies on stage aged 63.
Apr 17: Policewoman Yvonne Fletcher shot & killed outside Libyan Embassy, London.
Apr 27: End of Libyan Embassy Siege, London. 30 Libyan diplomats allowed leave UK.

40 Years (1979)
Apr 01: Religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini declares Iran to be an Islamic Republic.
Apr 04: Deposed Pakistan PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto executed for murder of political opponent.
Apr 11: Deposed Ugandan leader Idi Amin flees to Libya for sanctuary.

45 Years (1974)
Apr 06: Swedish group ABBA win 19th Eurovision Song Contest (Brighton) with 'Waterloo'.
Apr 11: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir announces resignation.
Apr 17: Birth of English singer 'Posh' Spice, Victoria BVeckham (The Spice Girls).
Apr 25: Army coup in Portugal led by General Spinola ends 50 years of dictatorship.
Apr 30: US: 'Watergate': White House releases edited transcripts of President Nixon in office.
Apr 30: 'Watergate': White House releases edited transcripts of President Nixon in office.

50 Years (1969)
Apr 09: UK: Sikh busman in Wolverhampton wins right to wear a turban while on duty.
Apr 09: UK: Sikh busman in Wolverhampton wins right to wear a turban while on duty.
Apr 14: UK: 1st episode of comedy 'The Liver Birds' broadcast on BBC TV.
Apr 15: BBC TV broadcasts 1st episode (pilot) of hit comedy 'The Liver Birds').
Apr 17: UK: 21 yr old Bernadette Devlin is UK's youngest-ever MP as a 'Unity' candidate in N.Ireland.
Apr 17: 21 yr old Bernadette Devlin UK's youngest-ever MP as 'Unity' candidate in N.Ireland.
Apr 28: French Prest Charles de Gaulle resigns after referendum defeat.
Apr 28: French President Charles de Gaulle resigns after 11 years in office after referendum defeat.

55 Years (1964)
Apr 04: Records by 'The Beatles' occupy all top 5 positions in USA music charts.
Apr 05: Death of American WW2 commander General Douglas MacArthur.
Apr 07: Birth of film actor Russell Crowe ('Gladiator').
Apr 13: Black US film actor Sidney Poitier wins Oscar for Best Actor in 'Lilies of the Field'.
Apr 13: Black US film actor Sidney Poitier wins Oscar for Best Actor in 'Lilies of the Field'
Apr 16: British rock group 'The Rolling Stones' release their 1st album in the UK.
Apr 16: UK: 12 Great Train Robbers jailed for a total of 307 years after stealing £2,500,000.
Apr 20: UK: Launch BBC 2 TV channel ruined by power failures. Re-launched following day.
Apr 20: UK: Lanch of BBC 2 TV channel ruined by series of power failures. Re-launched following day.

60 Years (1959)
Apr 09: Death of US architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 91 (Guggenheim Museum , Price Tower).
Apr 14: Kenya nationalist Jomo Kenyatta released from prison after 7 years hard labour.
Apr 14: Kenya nationalist Jomo Kenyatta released from prison after serving 7 years hard labour.
Apr 15: Birth of British actress Emma Thompson.
Apr 17: Birth of English actor Sean Bean ('Lord of the Rings', 'Game of Thrones', 'Sharpe').

65 Years (1954)
Apr 03: Oxford University wins 100th Annual University Boat Race on River Thames.
Apr 09: UK: BBC TV broadcasts 'The Grove Family' the 1st episode of a regular 'soap opera'.
Apr 19: Birth of English footballer Trevor Francis (1st British transfer over £1million).

70 Years (1949)
Apr 04: Signing of North Atlantic Treaty & founding of NATO.
Apr 07: Rodgers & Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' opens on Broadway, New York.
Apr 07: Musical 'South Pacific' opens on Broadway, New York.
Apr 29: Birth of British actress Anita Dobson ('Eastenders').

80 Years (1939)
Apr 07: Birth of US film director Francis Ford Coppola ('The Godfather).
Apr 07: Birth of British broadcaster Sir David Frost.
Apr 14: Publication of the novel 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck.
Apr 16: Birth of British singer Dusty Springfield in London.
Apr 17: Birth of English singer Marty Wilde.
Apr 27: Britain introduces conscription for all fit & able men aged 20-21.
Apr 27: Britain introduces conscription for all fit & able men aged 20-21 (anticipating WW2).

85 Years (1934)
Apr 03: British inventor Percy Shaw patents his 'cats' eyes' road safety device.
Apr 09: Birth of British TV actor Ian Richardson ('House of Cards').

90 Years (1929)
Apr 29: Birth British politician Jeremy Thorpe (Liberal Party leader

95 Years (1924)
Apr 01: German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler jailed for treason.
Apr 03: Birth of American film actor Marlon Brando ('Mutiny on the Bounty', 'The Godfather').
Apr 03: Birth of US film actor Marlon Brando ('Mutiny On The Bounty', 'The Godfather').
Apr 16: Birth of American composer Henry Mancini ('Moon River', 'Pink Panther Theme').
Apr 20: Birth of English comic actor Leslie Phillips ('The Navy Lark').
Apr 23: Opening of the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, London.

105 Years (1914)
Apr 02: Birth British stage & film actor Sir Alec Guiness ('Bridge On The River Kwai').
Apr 02: Birth British stage & film actor Sir Alec Guiness ('Bridge On The River Kwai', 'Smiley's People').
Apr 11: New York premiere of the play 'Pygmalion' by George Bernard Shaw.

125 Years (1894)
Apr 17: Birth of Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev (1958-1964).

130 Years (1889)
Apr 20: Birth in Austria of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler.
Apr 26: Birth US writer Anita Loos ('Gentlemen Prefer Blondes').

145 Years (1874)
Apr 25: Birth Italian physicist & inventor Guglielmo Marconi (wireless telegraph and radio).

150 Years (1869)
Apr 11: Birth Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (designer of Nobel Peace Prize medal).
Apr 25: British & French engineers begin work to build the Suez Canal.

260 Years (1759)
Apr 27: Birth suffragette & writer Mary Wollstonecraft ('A Vindication of The Rights of Women').


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