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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2019.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2019: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2019?


Events

  • 01 Apr 2019 2019 Iran floods: The Iranian government announces an emergency in southwestern provinces threatened by flooding and worked to evacuate dozens of villages as forecasters predicted more of the heavy rains that have killed at least 45 people last week. (Reuters)
  • 02 Apr 2019 Google starts deleting consumer accounts from its social network Google+ due to low user engagement and the discovery of security vulnerabilities which potentially exposed user data to developers. (The Verge)
  • 03 Apr 2019 Libyan Civil War (2014–present), 2019 Western Libya Offensive: The Libyan National Army (LNA) launches a surprise offensive in western Libya, moving units towards the Government of National Accord-held capital Tripoli, with reports of clashes in the city of Gharyan. The LNA say their operation, ordered by General Khalifa Haftar, is aimed at "cleansing the western zone from terrorist groups". (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Apr 2019 Libyan Civil War (2014–present), 2019 Western Libya Offensive: Libyan National Army forces continue to advance on the Libyan capital Tripoli, capturing the city of Gharyan, with only light resistance reported. General Khalifa Haftar has ordered the LNA to seize control of Tripoli, prompting the Tripoli-based Presidential Council to declare a general mobilization. (The Guardian) (Middle East Monitor)
  • 05 Apr 2019 Libyan National Army troops reach the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, securing a key military checkpoint known as "Bridge 27". (AFP)
  • 06 Apr 2019 Second Libyan Civil War, 2019 Western Libya offensive: Militias loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord launch a counterattack on Libyan National Army troops in the southern outskirts of Tripoli. (The Washington Post)Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar declares a no-fly zone for military aircraft over western Libya, after LNA forces were targeted by airstrikes from GNA warplanes that took off from Misrata Airport. (Al Arabiya)
  • 07 Apr 2019 The Government of National Accord in Tripoli formally announces the start of a counteroffensive to reclaim all parts of the capital held by the Libyan National Army. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Apr 2019 Forces loyal to the Government of National Accord retake Tripoli International Airport from the Libyan National Army. (Anadolu Agency)
  • 09 Apr 2019 Second Libyan Civil War, 2019 Western Libya offensive: The UN cancels a planned Libyan National Conference that was due to take place later in April for negotiations between different political factions to organise new elections due to the ongoing fighting in Tripoli. (The Guardian)
  • 10 Apr 2019 Second Libyan Civil War, 2019 Western Libya offensive: Aguila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based Libyan parliament which Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army is loyal to, states that no peace agreement or UN-backed conference is possible while Tripoli "is occupied by armed groups". (Fox News)The Libyan National Army says it has shot down a pro-GNA L-39 Albatros over Tripoli. (RT)
  • 11 Apr 2019 The Sudanese military surrounds the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, and takes over state media buildings amid protests against President Omar al-Bashir. Several senior ministers are reportedly arrested, including former Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein. (The National)
  • 12 Apr 2019 2019 Quetta bombing: Twenty one people are killed and about fifty others injured in a suicide bombing at a market in Quetta, Pakistan. (CNN)
  • 13 Apr 2019 Second Libyan Civil War, 2019 Western Libya offensive: Aguila Saleh, the chairman of the Tobruk-based Libyan parliament that rivals the Government of National Accord, stated that the parliament's Libyan National Army will continue advancing on Tripoli in spite of international calls for them to stop the offensive. (Reuters)
  • 14 Apr 2019 Tornadoes of 2019: At least eight people are killed in the Southern United States amid severe storms bringing floods and tornadoes. (ABC News)
  • 15 Apr 2019 2019 Pulitzer Prize: Annapolis, Maryland daily newspaper The Capital is awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a mass shooting inside its own offices on June 28, 2018, that left five of its employees dead. (BBC)
  • 16 Apr 2019 Apple Inc. and Google remove TikTok from their app stores in India after a high court in Madras ruled the app could expose children to sexual content and cyberbullying. (CNN)
  • 17 Apr 2019 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: The Security Service of Ukraine claims to have captured a Russian military intelligence hit squad responsible for the attempted murder of a Ukrainian military spy in the run-up to a presidential election on 21 April. (Daily Express)
  • 18 Apr 2019 2019 Makran massacre: 14 people are killed in a gun attack on a bus in Pakistan. (CNN)
  • 19 Apr 2019 A house deck collapses in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, injuring 40 people, twenty of them severely. (Global News)
  • 20 Apr 2019 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): In Kabul, seven are killed after suicide bombers and gunmen attack the communications ministry. (BBC)
  • 21 Apr 2019 A series of explosions at churches and hotels in four cities in Sri Lanka, including the nation's commercial capital and largest city Colombo, kills at least 359 people and wounds around 500 others. ISIL has since claimed responsibility for the attacks. (BBC)
  • 22 Apr 2019 2019 Luzon earthquake: Sixteen people are killed when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes the municipalities of Porac and Lubao, Pampanga province, Philippines at 17:11 Philippine Standard Time. (The Manila Times)According to PHIVOLCS, the epicenter of the earthquake is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of Castillejos, Zambales. PHIVOLCS originally records the earthquake, which is tectonic in origin, at magnitude 5.7, but later upgrades it to 6.1. (GMA News)
  • 23 Apr 2019 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings: ISIL claims responsibility for the bombings in Sri Lanka that took place on Easter Sunday. (New York Times)Sri Lankan investigators believe that the bombings were revenge for attacks on New Zealand mosques in March. (Reuters)
  • 24 Apr 2019 Floods and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider KwaZulu-Natal province have killed at least 60 people. (BBC)
  • 25 Apr 2019 The parliament of Ukraine passes a language law in a vote of 278 to 38 that will secure the use of Ukrainian as the country's only official language. (RFE/RL)
  • 26 Apr 2019 A large methane explosion at a coal mine in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine leaves 17 miners dead. (UrduPoint)
  • 27 Apr 2019 The official video for Taylor Swift's "Me!", which premiered Thursday night, breaks Vevo's record for the biggest debut of all time, with at least 56.9 million views in 24 hours. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • 28 Apr 2019 Six people are killed when terrorists storm a church in the Soum Province, Burkina Faso. The victims are the pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers. (BBC)
  • 29 Apr 2019 A propaganda video featuring Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is released, in which he references the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings, indicating that he is still alive and that the video was shot very recently. It is the first time he's been seen on video since July 2014, when he addressed a crowd at the now destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul. (Al Jazeera)
  • 30 Apr 2019 2019 Japanese imperial transition: Emperor Akihito abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne in favor of his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. He is the first Emperor to abdicate in over two hundred years, since Emperor Kōkaku in 1817. (The Japan Times) (The New York Times)

Movies

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Sherlock Jr.

Sherlock Jr.

Directed by: Buster Keaton

Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Country: United States of America

The World of Apu

The World of Apu

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Country: United States of America

The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Country: United States of America

Manhattan

Manhattan

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Country: United States of America

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Books

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Stop Apologizing

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Subtitle: "A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals"

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated

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Memoir by a Cambridge Ph.D. who was raised by Idaho survivalists and did not enter a classroom until she was 17

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

The Last Second

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Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine have to stop a disaster that could destroy communications systems; sixth in series

The Savior by J.R. Ward

The Savior

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Dr. Sarah Watkins needs help after the death of her fiancé reveals secrets; 17th in series

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming

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Memoir: The former first lady shares stories from her childhood through to her time at the White House