Friday 23 April 2010
It was Friday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of April people in US were listening to Rude Boy by Rihanna.
Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010
while The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the important events of 23 April 2010 ?
- Saint Gerard (d.1138)
- UNESCO International Day of the Book in honor of Shakespeare's and Cervantes's death on April 23, 1616.
- Turkey - National Sovereignty and Children's Day (1920)
- Israel - Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) for 2007: (the observed date of this national holiday is determined by the Jewish Calendar).
- Independence Day for the Conch Republic
- National Beer Day in Germany
- Feast Day of Saint George: Patron saint and National Day of England
- Patron saint of the Spanish region of Arag=n
- Celebrated as St. Jordi's Day in Catalonia, presents of books and roses. See above.
- Catalonia - Lover's Day. Men receive a book as a gift from their romantic interest, while women receive roses. The book is in honor of Shakespeare's and Cervantes's death on April 23, 1616.
- Saint Adalbert of Prague
- Jurgi festival, in ancient Latvia
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- The X-37B unmanned military prototype spaceplane is launched atop an Atlas V rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 9m long reusable spaceplane is about one-quarter the size of the space shuttle.
- 80 people die after drinking illegal home-made banana gin (waragi) laced with methanol in Kabale, Uganda (TMC)
- Dozens of people are killed and more than 100 others are wounded by a series of bomb explosions in Baghdad, mostly near Shia mosques around the time of Jumu'ah (Reuters)
- Seven people, including six police officers and a civilian, are killed and two other officers are injured in a shoot-out with suspected gang hitmen in Ciudad Juárez. (''The New York Times'')
- Two supporters of defeated independent state candidate Angelina Teny are killed by police and four others are injured during post-election protests in Bentiu. (Reuters)
- In a major transfer of power in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, Zhang Chunxian replaces Wang Lequan as the region's Party Committee Secretary Wang has served in the post since 1994. (Xinhua)
- Red Shirt leader Veera Musikapong agrees to end the protests in Bangkok if the government agrees to dissolve parliament and hold elections within 90 days. (''The Guardian'')
- Greece activates the €45 billion aid package it was offered by Europe earlier in the month to combat the country's debt crisis. (''Washington Post'')
- A Spanish hospital claims to have performed the world's ampquotfirst full-face transplantampquot. (AP)
- Response to child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church:
- Bishop of Bruges since 1984 Roger Joseph Vangheluwe admits sexually abusing a boy and resigns with immediate effect. (Al Jazeera)
- A guest visit by Colombian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos to a prominent Catholic church in Washington, D.C. is canceled after the decision to invite the controversial Cardinal was criticized by survivors of child abuse. (''The Irish Times'')
- The Boy Scouts of America are ordered to pay $18.5 million in damages following the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy. (CNN)
- Keflavík International Airport, Iceland's largest airport, is shut down due to volcanic ash. (Al Jazeera)
- Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu resists calls from the United States to stop construction in Jerusalem the United Nations claims Israel's blockade of Gaza prevents it from educating thousands of Palestinian children. (MSNBC)
- A car bomb explodes outside a police station in Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. (''People's Daily Online'')
- North Korea seizes five properties owned by South Korea in Kŭmgangsan. (Al Jazeera)
- President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opens a trade fair in Bulawayo on his tour of Zimbabwe as the country's President Robert Mugabe back's Iran's ampquotjust causeampquot for developing nuclear energy. (Al Jazeera)
- Police issue a French Muslim woman with a fine of €22 for wearing a burqa while driving in Nantes, causing controversy and threatening her husband's status. (iAfrica)
- A Frenchman and his Algerian driver are kidnapped by armed men in Niger. (News24)
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