April 2008 calendar

April 2008

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2008.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2008: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2008?


  • 01 Apr 2008 Sri Lankan human rights groups have accused the government of covering up the killings of 17 aid workers and blamed local security forces.
  • 02 Apr 2008 Harriet Harman, Leader of the House of Commons, becomes the first Labour woman to answer Prime Minister's Questions.
  • 03 Apr 2008 ATA Airlines, once the largest U.S. charter airline and passenger airline, declares bankruptcy and suspends all operations.
  • 04 Apr 2008 Ramush Haradinaj, former commander of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army in the 1998-1999 war is exonerated by the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia of war crimes charges.
  • 05 Apr 2008 Charlton Heston, born John Charles Carter, is an American actor (Moses, The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur, Planet of the Apes), and activist (1960s Civil Rights and National Rifle Association). He dies in Beverly Hills at the age of 84. Heston was awarded the Best Actor Academy Award in Ben Hur. Heston was also president of Screen Actors Guild, and chairman of American Film Institute.
  • 06 Apr 2008 Mark Penn has resigned as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. This is in light of allegations that Penn lobbied for the Colombian government regarding a free trade agreement Senator Clinton opposes.
  • 07 Apr 2008 Child Protective Services of Texas removed 401 children from a ranch west of Texas owned by Warren Jeffs, a polygamist leader in prison. Several women were also taken away or expelled in an investigation into child and sexual abuse.
  • 08 Apr 2008 Bahrain is home to the first building that integrates wind turbines.
  • 09 Apr 2008 As the Olympic torch relay through San Francisco falls into chaos, the first runner in an elaborately planned relay disappears into the warehouse at a waterfront pier.
  • 10 Apr 2008 According to Mayor Anders Lago, Sodertalje (Sweden), his small town of around 80,000 houses nearly 6,000 Iraqis. ampquotThere are more refugees in Sweden than in the United States or Canada.
  • 11 Apr 2008 Cuba's President Raul Castro gives thousands of renters title to their houses.
  • 12 Apr 2008 After a week of food riots that saw six deaths, the National Assembly of Haiti expelled Jacques-Edouard Alexis, Haiti's Prime Minister.
  • 13 Apr 2008 The final round of U.S. Masters golf tournament takes place in Augusta, Georgia. Trevor Immelman beat Tiger Woods by three shots. He scored 75 and became the first South African winner of the U.S. Masters for 30 years.
  • 14 Apr 2008 Delta Air Lines announced it would acquire Northwest Airlines for US$3B stock. This will make the airline the largest in the world.
  • 15 Apr 2008 Effectively midnight (MST) marks the expiration of a five-year ban that prevented Anwar Ibrahim, a prominent Malaysian Opposition figure, from running for office.
  • 16 Apr 2008 Heritage Auction Galleries sells the Queller collection. The Mickley specimen from the Class I US 1804 Dollar sells at $3,737,000.500
  • 17 Apr 2008 Heritage Auction Galleries will host the US Coin Signature Auction at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Rosemont, Illinois.
  • 18 Apr 2008 The earthquake, which was centered in Illinois, USA, at 5.2-5.4 magnitude, was felt 350 miles away.
  • 19 Apr 2008 Muqtada Al-Sadr warns of a new rebellion should the United States-Iraqi crackdown on his followers continue.
  • 20 Apr 2008 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • 21 Apr 2008 Bank of America, America's largest retail bank, reported a 77 per cent decline in its quarter ended March 31. This is the third consecutive quarterly loss. This loss was mainly due to credit-related and write-downs that totalled more than US$5 billion.
  • 22 Apr 2008 The United States Air Force has retired the last F-117 Nighthawks in service.
  • 23 Apr 2008 Sri Lankan Civil War. The military declares victory in fighting in the North. 43 soldiers were killed, 33 are missing and more than 100 Tamil Tigers were killed. Rebels claim victory as well, claiming that they killed 100 soldiers, wounded 500, and lost 16 of their own.
  • 24 Apr 2008 Final results from the Nepal Constituent Assembly election showed that the Communist Party of Nepal, (Maoist), won twice the number of seats of its nearest rival party.
  • 25 Apr 2008 After a semitrailer collides with a Chicago Transit Authority station during rush hour, two people are killed and over a dozen others were injured.
  • 26 Apr 2008 Casablanca's Hay Hassani District sees 55 deaths from a fire at a mattress factory.
  • 27 Apr 2008 India breaks a world record when it launches 10 satellites in orbit in one launch.
  • 28 Apr 2008 Berkshire Hathaway and Mars Incorporated team up to purchase Wm Wrigley Jr Company, chewing gum manufacturer. This will create the largest confectionery company in the world. Warren Buffet will lend US$4.4 billion to Wrigley for a 20% stake.
  • 29 Apr 2008 Take-Two Interactive Software has released Grand Theft Auto IV for the PlayStation III in the USA and Xbox 360 in UK. UK sales record: 609,000 copies sold in the first day. Six million copies sold worldwide in the first week, US$500 millions.
  • 30 Apr 2008 Russian scientists have confirmed that two skeletal remains discovered near Ekaterinburg in Russia were the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich and Tsarevich (Russia)
  • 03 Apr 2008 ATA Airlines, once one of the ten largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, files for bankruptcy for the second time in five years and ceases all operations.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 2008?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Bleeding Loveyoutube
  2. - Touch My Bodyyoutube
  3. - Lollipop
  4. - Love In This Club
  5. - Sexy Can I

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mercy
  2. - American Boy
  3. - What's It Gonna Be
  4. - Low
  5. - Rockstar


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 2008?

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture


Many professors give talks entitled "The Last Lecture". Professors are asked about their death and what is most important to them.

Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry

Buckingham Palace Gardens


The Prince of Wales invited four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives into Buckingham Palace to discuss an amazing idea: construction of a railroad of six-thousand miles that would run the full length of the country.

The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

The Third Angel


"Alice Hoffman" is my favorite writer. -Jodi Pioult Alice Hoffman is one our most loved writers. Here on Earth was an Oprah Book Club choice.

Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos

Belong To Me


"Marisa De los Santos's belonged to me is my favorite discovery over the years. It's a fantastic page-turner that's also poignant and funny, surprising, and deeply felt Harlan

Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein

Killer Heat


It's August in New York. Manhattan D.A. is the only thing hotter than the pavement. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life.