Most unfortunate things that happened in April in world history
Did you consider the month of March as the worst so far? Well, April is considered as a lousy month because of the various unfortunate events that took place in the world history. Though we have come across only few days of April, there are proofs that suggest that the month is unfortunate and brings bad luck.
Let us have a look at the 9 horrible events of the world history that took place in April.
1 Sinking of Titanic ship
It was on 14th April 1912 followed by the morning of 15th April 1912 that resulted in the sinking of the Titanic. It resulted in the death of around 1500 people out of around 2300 people on board. It was the collision with an iceberg that resulted in one of the deadliest maritime disasters of the world. Titanic was the largest passenger liner of the time designed in an advanced manner, but it couldn’t survive the iceberg shock.
2 Oklahoma City Bombing
There was a domestic terror attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995. According to the reports, 324 buildings were destroyed within the 16 block radius, along with 86 cars that got burnt and glasses of 258 buildings were broken. The intensity of the bombing was quite high to create such destruction around. The incident killed 168 people and injured more than 700 people.
3 Virginia Tech University shooting
The massacre shooting on the campus of the Virginia Tech University took place on April 16th, 2007. This was a single gunman shooting incident that shook the world. It was executed by a senior of the university, Seung-Hui Cho. He carried out two separate attacks where 32 people were killed and 17 got injured. His second attack targeted 6 people while they were trying to escape from windows.
4 Bay of Pigs Invasion
This was a failed military invasion of Cuba that took place from 17th April to 19th April, 1961. The invasion was launched by the CIA sponsored paramilitary group, Brigade 2506. The counter military force was trained and funded by the USA’s CIA that eventually defeated the Communist government of Fidel Castro.
5 Death of Shakespeare
Similar to his birth, Shakespeare’s exact date of death is still a mystery to the world. It is believed that he died on 23rd April, 1616 but there is no such record. The date of his funeral on April 25th, 1616 is recorded though. In fact, even T.S. Eliot once mentioned that April is the cruelest month of all.
6 Tax day also falls in April
Do you know April 15th is the last day for filing your taxes? In 1913, the deadline was fixed on March 1st, which was moved to 15th March in 1918 and then 15th April in 1955 and since then it continues. In case, April 15th falls on Saturday, Sunday or any other civil holiday, the deadline is extended to the next holiday.
7 Assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King
The United States President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865, on a Good Friday while he was attending a play on Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre. He was fatally shot by a popular stage actor, John Wilkes Booth. He is the first President to get assassinated.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Civil Rights leader who was fatally shot on April 4th, 1968. His use of non-violence and civil disobedience movement bagged him the Noble Peace. The location was Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
8 Crowning of Edward, the Confessor
His coronation took place on 3rd April, 1043 at the Cathedral of Winchester. He was among the last Anglo-Saxon Kings of England. He reigned from 1043 to 1066 and was considered as the last King of the House of Wessex.
9 Birth of Adolf Hitler
The famous German Politician and the leader of Nazi Group took birth on 20th April, 1889. He was a powerful dictator who initiated the World War II in Europe. Under his dictatorship, genocide was practiced, that led to the death of millions of Jews and other civilians. His rule traumatized the world.
The above mentioned are some of the 9 incidents of the world history that took place in the month of April.