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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2013.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2013: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2013?


Events

  • 01 Apr 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A suicide attacker blows up a tanker lorry at the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least nine people. Three people are killed in a separate shooting in Baghdad. (CNN)
  • 02 Apr 2013 Mexican Drug War:: The Mexican police find 9 mutilated bodies inside a SUV with Texas license plates in the northern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. (EFE via GlobalPost)
  • 03 Apr 2013 Israeli–Palestinian conflict:: Israeli warplanes strike targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire, the first air strikes launched by Israel since an informal ceasefire ended eight days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza in November 2012. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 04 Apr 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: An airstrike conducted by NATO kills at least five people in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni. (BBC)
  • 05 Apr 2013 Mexican Drug War:: Recent report from Stratfor indicates that at least 60 people were killed in Tamaulipas state in March, after the Gulf Cartel leaders Miguel El Gringo Villarreal and Mario Ramírez Treviño fought for control of the organization. (Proceso)
  • 06 Apr 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: At least 22 people are killed and more than 60 others injured when a suicide bomber blows himself up in a busy election campaign tent in the Iraqi city of Baquba. (Reuters)
  • 07 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: An air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force kills 15 people, including nine children. (Euronews) (Al Arabiya)Syrian Armed Forces fire OTR-21 Tochka missiles at Baraza region of Damascus. (Al Arabiya)
  • 08 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: A car bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 15 people and wounding 53 others. (BBC)
  • 09 Apr 2013 South Sudan internal conflict (2011–present):: Gunmen kill 12 United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff in an ambush in Jonglei, South Sudan. (AFP via Google News) (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
  • 10 Apr 2013 Worldwide sales of personal computers fall 14% during the first quarter of 2013, the largest drop on record since tracking began in 1994. (eWeek) (The New York Times)
  • 11 Apr 2013 Mexican Drug War:: At least 14 people are killed in a series of clashes between alleged drug traffickers and police in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The government states that a high-profile drug lord was killed in the battle. (AP via The Washington Post)
  • 12 Apr 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Thirteen soldiers of the Afghan National Army are killed and one is injured in an ambush in the eastern Kunar Province. (CNN) (AP via ABC News)
  • 13 Apr 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A bomb explodes on a bus in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least eight people. (BBC) (AP via USA Today)
  • 14 Apr 2013 Somali Civil War (2009–present):: At least 20 people are killed in a series of bombings and gun attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia. (BBC) (Los Angeles Times) (AP via Fox News)
  • 15 Apr 2013 Boston Marathon bombings:: Two explosions in Boston, United States, near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon leave 3 people dead and 183 injured. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)The Pakistani Taliban denies any involvement in the Boston marathon bombings. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 16 Apr 2013 2013 ricin attacks:: Mail to the US Senate is suspended after letter sent to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) tests positive for the poisonous substance ricin at an offsite Congressional mail facility. The letter is being sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for further testing. (NBC News) (The New York Times)
  • 17 Apr 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A United States drone attack kills at least five people in the Pakistani city of Wana, located in the South Waziristan Agency. (The Nation)
  • 18 Apr 2013 Boston Marathon bombing:: U.S. President Barack Obama visits the city of Boston in the wake of the recent marathon attack. (Los Angeles Times)The Federal Bureau of Investigation posts photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (BBC) (Reuters) (FBI)A campus police officer is shot dead in his vehicle at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. (ABC News Australia) (Reuters)
  • 19 Apr 2013 The Boston Police Department chases two carjacking suspects in the MIT shooting death of a campus policeman to the nearby suburb of Watertown where, after a gunfight that included explosives, an MBTA officer is injured, one suspect is dead, and the other flees but is later captured. (Boston Herald)
  • 20 Apr 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A female suicide bomber kills four and injures four outside a hospital in Khaar, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. (PTI via The Hindu)
  • 21 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: Locals and activists in Damascus report that the Syrian Army killed over 500 people in the suburb of Jdeit al-Fadel. (CNN)
  • 22 Apr 2013 2013 Belgorod shooting:: A man goes on a shooting rampage outside a firearm shop in Belgorod, Russia, killing six. (BBC)
  • 23 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: An Israeli military intelligence analyst states that Syria has used chemical weapons repeatedly over the past month. He also criticizes the international community for not responding to the use of the weapons. (The New York Times)Two Orthodox Christian bishops kidnapped by gunmen in a rebel-held area in northern Syria are released. (BBC)
  • 24 Apr 2013 A 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes 25 kilometers from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, leaving 33 people dead and another 115 injured. Heavy damage of buildings are reported across Nangarhar Province. (Voice of America)
  • 25 Apr 2013 Boston Marathon bombings:: Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, claims that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation briefed him that suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said that the bombers intended to attack New York City next. (CBC)
  • 26 Apr 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Six police officers are poisoned and fatally shot in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan while another one is missing. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 27 Apr 2013 Syrian Civil War:: The Free Syrian Army accuses the government of Iraq of conducting an airstrike against its forces in Deir ez-Zor, a town in eastern Syria. (The New York Times)
  • 28 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: Syrian rebels capture three military airbases in the north. (The Washington Post)
  • 29 Apr 2013 War in North-West Pakistan:: A suicide bomber kills at least four people in an attack on a police station in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP via Fox News)
  • 30 Apr 2013 Syrian civil war:: A bomb explodes in the center of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 13 people. (BBC)A purported chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian army kills at least 2 people in Saraqib, Idlib. (United Press International)
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Thrift Shop
  2. - When I Was Your Man
  3. - Just Give Me A Reason
  4. - Harlem Shake
  5. - Suit & Tie

Movies

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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Country: United States of America

Vertigo

Vertigo

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Country: United States of America

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Country: United States of America

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Country: United States of America

Paper Moon

Paper Moon

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Country: United States of America

Books

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A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy

A Week In Winter

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Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on

Manuscript Found In Accra by Paulo Coelho

Manuscript Found In Accra

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The #1 International Bestselling author of THE ALCHEMIST reveals in this deeply thoughtful novel that the great wisdom of life is that we can be masters of the things that try to enslave us. “There

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Dinner

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"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street JournalAn internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bet

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Includes a special sneak peek of THE WAGER by Rachel Van Dyken! The #1 New York Times bestseller... "I have a proposition for you."

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia

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In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her