April 2010 calendar

April 2010

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2010.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2010: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2010?


  • 01 Apr 2010 The Indian government initiates The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act to provide free and compulsory education to all children aged between 6 and 14 years, making education a fundamental right for millions of children. (The Hindu) (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (The Times) (Press TV)
  • 02 Apr 2010 United States Department of Labor announces second solid growth in jobs since the recession. (Los Angeles Times) (Business Week)
  • 03 Apr 2010 Eugène Terre'Blanche, founder of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, is killed in his hometown of Ventersdorp. (BBC) (RTÉ)
  • 04 Apr 2010 114 miners trapped in a flooded mine for more than a week in Shanxi, China, are rescued. (AP) (Xinhua)
  • 05 Apr 2010 An explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine-South coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA kills 29 workers.
  • 06 Apr 2010 Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.
  • 07 Apr 2010 Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees Bishkek amid fierce rioting, sparking a sociopolitical crisis. Former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva is placed at the head of an interim government as the opposition seizes control.
  • 08 Apr 2010 US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign a landmark nuclear arms treaty in the Czech capital, Prague. The treaty commits the countries to each reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550, 30 percent lower than the previous ceiling.
  • 09 Apr 2010 Rescue efforts continue in Brazil in an attempt to locate around 200 people believed to have been buried in their homes by a large landslide in Morro do Bumba near Rio de Janeiro city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. (BBC)
  • 10 Apr 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczynski.
  • 11 Apr 2010 Aftermath of 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash:
  • 12 Apr 2010 Sudan's landmark elections are extended by two days after delays delivering ballot papers. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Apr 2010 A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
  • 14 Apr 2010 Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.
  • 15 Apr 2010 At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US President Barack Obama announces details of his new policy for the US space agency NASA. New spacecraft with new rocket booster systems are to be built so that by 2025 manned missions can extend beyond the Moon, and to Mars and back by the mid-2030s. New funding would amount to US$6 billion over the next five years.
  • 16 Apr 2010 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges Goldman Sachs Group with fraud over its marketing of a subprime mortgage product. Goldman Sachs shares drop 12.8 percent, closing down $23.57 at $160.70 on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 17 Apr 2010 The ampquotNuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No Oneampquot disarmament conference opens in response to President of the United States Barack Obama's conference in Washington, D.C. (ABC News)
  • 18 Apr 2010 The Dow Live Earth Run for Water started on April 18th. The host cities are: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Hong Kong, Jimbaran, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, New York, Lisboa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore City, Stockholm, Toronto and Washington, D.C.. (The Independent) (Live Earth)
  • 19 Apr 2010 The US Mint releases the first coin in the new 26-coin America the Beautiful quarter dollar coin program to circulation. The 2010-dated coin honors Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
  • 20 Apr 2010 The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last five months.
  • 21 Apr 2010 52 civilians are killed and 55 others are wounded in renewed tribal clashes in Sudan's South Darfur state. (Kazinform) (China Dialy) (China.org)
  • 22 Apr 2010 The Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast sinks into the Gulf of Mexico two days after an explosion tore through it.
  • 23 Apr 2010 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.
  • 24 Apr 2010 The U.S. Coast Guard discovers that an estimated 1000 barrels per day of oil is leaking from the damaged well underneath the rig that exploded off Louisiana's shore on April 20.
  • 25 Apr 2010 The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague orders the British government to pay £400 million to Iran for an arms deal cancelled following the Iranian Revolution. (Ha'aretz) (Press TV) (ABC News)
  • 26 Apr 2010 Belgium's King Albert accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Yves Leterme, ending his government's term and leading to early elections in June 2010. (BBC)
  • 27 Apr 2010 Standard amp Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit rating to junk four days after the activation of a €45-billion EU–IMF bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide and of the euro's value,ref name=quotBBCquot and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.
  • 28 Apr 2010 Niger faces total crop failure worse than that of 2005, according to United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 29 Apr 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 30 Apr 2010 Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China.

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Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Country: United States of America

Wild Target

Wild Target

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett

The Losers

The Losers

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Sylvain White

Starring: Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans


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Game Change by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

Game Change


The gripping inside story of the 2008 presidential election, by two of the best political reporters in the country.“It’s one of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read.

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci

Deliver Us From Evil


From David Baldacci-the #1 bestselling author of The Whole Truth and First Family-comes his most timely, surprising, and heart-stopping thriller, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Evan Waller is a monster .

A River In The Sky by Elizabeth Peters

A River In The Sky


“Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it’s Amelia—in wit and daring—by a landslide.”—New York Times Book ReviewIntrepid archaeologist and superior sleuth Amelia Peabody returns in A River in the Sky.

The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Aloha Quilt


Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her

Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson

Without Mercy


"A Juicy Creep-A-Thon. . .Builds To A Suprising Cliffhanger Ending." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)At first, it sounds like the answer to a parent's prayers: an elite boarding school in