A LOOK BACK AT MARCH AND APRIL
Added on: 31st Dec 2016
TONY WARREN DIES
The Coronation Street creator and writer died
aged 79 following a short illness.
PAUL DANIELS DIES
The TV magician and entertainer died aged 77
after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
PARIS ATTACKS SUSPECT ARRESTED
Salah Abdeslam, one of the main suspects behind
the November 2015 Paris attacks, is arrested
following a raid in the Brussels neighbourhood
In three suicide bombings across the Belgian capital,
32 people are killed, as well as the bombers. Many
more people are injured. Two of the blasts happened
at Zaventem Airport at around 8am local time.
A third explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station in
the city centre around an hour later. The attacks
were the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium's
history, with so-called Islamic State claiming
RADOVAN KARADZIC JAILED FOR WAR CRIMES
The former Bosnian-Serb leader is sentenced to
40 years in prison after a UN court convicted him of
war crimes during the Bosnian war of 1992 to 1995,
including genocide for the Srebrenica massacre
in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.
An EgyptAir plane is forced to divert to Cyprus after a
suspected hijacker took several hostages. The
hijacker is eventually arrested and all hostages
released. It later emerged his suicide belt was
fake and he posed for a photo with a British passenger.
TATA STEEL REVIEW ANNOUNCED
British steel maker Tata announces plans to review and
sell off parts of its operation, putting thousands of
jobs at risk. The company has since committed to
turning around its UK operations, but the
future remains uncertain.
RONNIE CORBETT DIES
Hailed as a "true great" of British comedy and best
known as one half of "The Two Ronnies",
Ronnie Corbett died aged 85.
Millions of confidential documents are leaked from
Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, revealing
how the rich and powerful hide their money in
offshore tax havens. Politicians, celebrities, drug deals
and Mafia members are implicated, as well as the
then Prime Minister David Cameron's late father.
Mr Cameron later admitted in an ITV News
interview that he had a stake in his father's
DAVID GEST DIES
Reality TV star and music producer David Gest was
found dead in a London hotel room. It was
later reported that he died from a stroke.
EU REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN BEGINS
Both sides hoping to persuade voters to vote remain
or leave in June's EU referendum launch their
HUNDREDS DIE IN ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Ecuador
left more than 600 people dead and devastated
parts of the country.
VICTORIA WOOD DIES
The much-loved British comedian died aged 62 after a
short battle with cancer. Fellow comedians led tributes
to her, saying she "paved the way" for women
in the industry.
QUEEN'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Celebrations took place across the UK in honour of the
country's longest-serving monarch, with a network of
1,000 beacons set alight. This was followed by a
major event at Windsor Castle in May and a huge
street party at the end of three days of
celebration in June.
Winner of countless awards and one of the best-selling
artists of all time, singer Prince died aged 57. He was
found dead at his home in Minnesota. It was later
revealed he died from an accidental painkiller overdose.
BHS GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION
British Home Stores collapses into administration and
it was later announced that all 164 stores will close,
costing thousands of jobs. A £571 million black hole
in the pensions scheme prompts an official
HILLSBOROUGH INQUEST VERDICT
The 96 people who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football
stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, an inquest
jury ruled, vindicating years of campaigning
by the victims' families.
MASS CASUALTIES IN ALEPPO
Amid the ongoing conflict in Syria, the death of more than
50 people in an airstrike on the al-Quds hospital in
Aleppo caused outrage.