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April 1, 2002

  • Various April Fool's hoaxes are perpetrated throughout the world, as is custom.

April 6, 2002

April 7, 2002

April 11, 2002

  • Ten nations deposit their ratifications for the International Criminal Court at a United Nations ceremony, bringing the total to 66, well above the 60 needed to bring the Statute into force. The ICC will therefore come into force on 1 July 2002.
  • More than half a million people march on the streets of Caracas protesting against the Venezuelan government.
  • An empty American Airlines jet parked outside a hanger at Los Angeles International Airport rolled through a fence before coming to a stop on a service road.

April 12, 2002

  • Coup d'état in Venezuela. President Hugo Chávez is brought to military barracks. Military announces transitional government consisting of mix of civilians and military headed by leader of the Chamber of Commerce (FEDECAMARAS), Pedro Carmona, who immediately repeals constitution, dissolves supreme court and parliament.

April 13, 2002

Left Handers' Day

April 14, 2002

April 18, 2002

April 21, 2002

  • Extreme-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen qualifies for second round of French Presidential Elections. Right-wing incumbent Jacques Chirac places first. Socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin places third and announces his retirement from politics. Thousands take to the street all over France to protest against Le Pen.
    • Chirac (19.9%), Le Pen (17.4%), Jospin (16.3%), Bayrou (6.5%), Lauguiller (6.3%), Mamere (5.5%), Chevenement (5.3%), Besancenot (4.5%), Saint-Josse (4.0%), Hue(3.6%). Turnout 75%.

April 25, 2002

Singer/rapper Lisa Lopes, better known as "Left Eye" of the group TLC, dies in a car accident in Honduras.

April 26, 2002

  • In Erfurt, Germany, a nineteen-year-old runs amok at his high school, killing 13 teachers, two other pupils, a police officer and himself. The event sparks a discussion about stricter weapons laws in Germany, and about banning violent computer games and movies.

April 28, 2002


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