April 2012 calendar

April 2012

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2012.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2012: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2012?


  • 01 Apr 2012 2011-2012 Syrian uprising: Dozens are killed as the Syrian army bombards the city of Homs with artillery fire. (ABC News)
  • 02 Apr 2012 The Colombian leftist group FARC releases its last remaining police and military captives. (BBC)
  • 03 Apr 2012 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising: Fears are expressed for the life of Abdulhadi Khawaja, one of the several opposition leaders sentenced to life imprisonment. (CNN) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 04 Apr 2012 2012 South Sudan–Sudan border conflict: The Sudan People's Liberation Army says it shot down a Sudanese MiG-29 jet fighter in South Sudan's Unity state. (CNN)
  • 05 Apr 2012 A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai desert hits the Israeli city of Eilat but causes no injuries or property damage. (Reuters)
  • 06 Apr 2012 The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad unilaterally declares the independence of Azawad from Mali.
  • 07 Apr 2012 The airport at the Yemeni capital Sana'a is closed after forces loyal to General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, the former Chief of the Air Force and half-brother of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, threaten to attack aircraft. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Apr 2012 Syrian uprising:
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  • 11 Apr 2012 2012 South Sudan–Sudan border conflict: Sudan says that after a battle South Sudan controls Heglig, its largest oil field. (BBC)
  • 12 Apr 2012 Mutinous soldiers in Guinea-Bissau stage a coup d'état and take control of the capital city, Bissau. They arrest interim President Raimundo Pereira and leading presidential candidate Carlos Gomes Júnior in the midst of a presidential election campaign.ref name=quotapquot
  • 13 Apr 2012 Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3, a North Korean Earth observation satellite, explodes shortly after launch. The United States and other countries had called the impending launch a violation of United Nations Security Council demands.ref name =quotNK_satellitequot/ The launch was planned to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the republic.ref name =quotNK_satellitequot
  • 14 Apr 2012 Anti-austerity demonstrators take place at the ruling Labour Party's centenary conference with protesters using a coffin draped in the Irish tricolour. (The Belfast Telegraph) (The Irish Times) (Irish Examiner)
  • 15 Apr 2012 2011-2012 Syrian uprising:
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  • 18 Apr 2012 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising:
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  • 23 Apr 2012 At least two people are killed and hundreds of others injured in clashes between police and protestors during a nationwide strike in Bangladesh, which was triggered by the unexplained disappearance of opposition politician Ilyas Ali. (Al Jazeera)
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  • 25 Apr 2012 Pakistan successfully tests the Shaheen-1A nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which is able to reach targets in India. (Reuters)
  • 26 Apr 2012 Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
  • 27 Apr 2012 At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured. (BBC)
  • 28 Apr 2012 2011 Syrian uprising:
  • 29 Apr 2012 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kill four members of Colombian Army on a mission to destroy cocaine laboratories in Caquetá Department with another four soldiers, a police officer and a French journalist missing. (BBC)
  • 30 Apr 2012 Two bombs explode in the northern Syrian town of Idlib killing at least eight people. (AP via Yahoo! News)

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The Avengers

The Avengers

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Country: United States of America

Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami

Starring: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden


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Beastly Things by Donna Leon

Beastly Things


The twenty-first Commissario Brunetti mystery and Donna Leon’s biggest New York Times bestseller yet It’s no wonder that Donna Leon’s latest mystery debuted on the New York Times bestseller list

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One


In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Fair Game


Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, “always enchants her readers" (Lynn Viehl). Now her Alpha and Omega series—set in a world of shifting

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat


Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband