Follow along with the biggest moments in April history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.
Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through April.
1984: Motown legend Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father.
1968: Director Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey is released.
1996: The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, is arrested.
1968: Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis.
1994: Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain dies at the age of 27.
1896: The first modern Olympics are held in Athens, Greece.
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1994: The Rwanda Civil War and genocide begins.
1990: Twin Peaks by David Lynch debuts on ABC.
2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.
1970: The Beatles break up when Paul McCartney leaves the band.
2012: The Avengers premieres.
1961: Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space.
1997: At 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters Tournament.
1912: The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sinks the next day, killing over 1,500 passengers.
1947: Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.
2007: Thirty-two people die in a mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
1970: Apollo 13 safely returns to earth after a malfunction forced them to abort a moon landing early.
1906: Most of San Francisco is destroyed after a massive earthquake.
1995: 168 people die in a domestic terrorist attack in Oklahoma City.
1999: Fifteen people die in a school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
1934: The “surgeon’s photograph” showing the purported Loch Ness Monster is published.
1970: The first Earthday is celebrated.
2016: Beyonce releases her Lemonade album.
2013: 1,129 people die in Bangladesh when a garment building collapses.
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2015: Nearly 9,000 people die when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal.
1986: The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurs.
1992: Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK.
1969: Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
1992: Riots erupt in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four police officers charged in the Rodney King beating.
1997: An estimated 42 million watch as Ellen Degeneres publicly declares she’s gay.
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