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  • Kigali, Rwanda
    Wednesday Apr 6, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana

    Kigali, Rwanda
    Wednesday Apr 6, 1994

    The genocide was organised by members of the core Hutu political elite, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government. Most historians agree that a genocide against the Tutsi had been planned for at least a year. However the assassination of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana on 6 April 1994 created a power vacuum and ended peace accords. Genocidal killings began the following day when soldiers, police, and militia executed key Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders.




  • Rwanda
    Wednesday Apr 6, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    A Crisis Committee

    Rwanda
    Wednesday Apr 6, 1994

    Following Habyarimana's death, on the evening of 6 April, a crisis committee was formed; it consisted of Major General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, and a number of other senior army staff officers. The committee was headed by Bagosora, despite the presence of the more senior Ndindiliyimana. Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana was legally next in the line of political succession, but the committee refused to recognise her authority. Roméo Dallaire met with the committee that night and insisted that Uwilingiyimana be placed in charge, but Bagosora refused, saying Uwilingiyimana did not "enjoy the confidence of the Rwandan people" and was "incapable of governing the nation". The committee also justified its existence as being essential to avoid uncertainty following the president's death. Bagosora sought to convince UNAMIR and the RPF that the committee was acting to contain the Presidential Guard, which he described as "out of control", and that it would abide by the Arusha agreement.




  • Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 7, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    Paul Kagame warned the crisis committee and UNAMIR that he would resume the civil war if the killing did not stop

    Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 7, 1994

    On 7 April, as the genocide started, RPF (the Rwandan Patriotic Front) commander Paul Kagame warned the crisis committee and UNAMIR that he would resume the civil war if the killing did not stop.




  • Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 7, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The ICTR prosecution was unable to prove that a conspiracy to commit genocide

    Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 7, 1994

    The ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) prosecution was unable to prove that a conspiracy to commit genocide existed prior to 7 April 1994.




  • Gikondo, Rwanda
    Saturday Apr 9, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The massacre of children

    Gikondo, Rwanda
    Saturday Apr 9, 1994

    On 9 April, UN observers witnessed the massacre of children at a Polish church in Gikondo.




  • Goražde, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sunday Apr 10, 1994

    Bosnian War

    The first time in NATO's history it had conducted air strikes

    Goražde, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sunday Apr 10, 1994

    On 10–11 April 1994, UNPROFOR called in air strikes to protect the Goražde safe area, resulting in the bombing of a Serbian military command outpost near Goražde by two US F-16 jets.




  • Kigali, Rwanda
    Monday Apr 11, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The Official Technical School

    Kigali, Rwanda
    Monday Apr 11, 1994

    Thousands sought refuge in the Official Technical School (École Technique Officielle) in Kigali where Belgian UNAMIR soldiers were stationed. On 11 April, the Belgian soldiers withdrew, and Rwandan armed forces and militia killed all the Tutsi.


  • Nyange, Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    Nyarubuye massacre

    Nyange, Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    One such massacre occurred at Nyarubuye. On 12 April, more than 1,500 Tutsis sought refuge in a Catholic church in Nyange, then in Kivumu commune.


  • Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The Belgian government announced that it was withdrawing

    Rwanda
    Tuesday Apr 12, 1994

    On 12 April, the Belgian government, which was one of the largest troop contributors to UNAMIR, and had lost ten soldiers protecting Prime Minister Uwilingiliyimana, announced that it was withdrawing, reducing the force's effectiveness even further.


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Thursday Apr 14, 1994

    Bosnian War

    Serbs took 150 U.N. personnel hostage

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Thursday Apr 14, 1994

    In retaliation, Serbs took 150 U.N. personnel hostage on 14 April.


  • Goražde, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Friday Apr 15, 1994

    Bosnian War

    the Bosnian government lines around Goražde broke

    Goražde, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Friday Apr 15, 1994

    On 15 April, the Bosnian government lines around Goražde broke.


  • Park Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Apr 18, 1994

    Richard Nixon

    Nixon Suffered a Severe Stroke

    Park Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Apr 18, 1994

    Nixon suffered a severe stroke on April 18, 1994, while preparing to eat dinner in his Park Ridge, New Jersey home. A blood clot resulting from the atrial fibrillation he had suffered for many years had formed in his upper heart, broken off, and traveled to his brain. He was taken to New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, initially alert but unable to speak or to move his right arm or leg. Damage to the brain caused swelling (cerebral edema), and Nixon slipped into a deep coma.


  • Rusumo, Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 28, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The first rumours of RPF killings

    Rusumo, Rwanda
    Thursday Apr 28, 1994

    The first rumors of RPF killings emerged after 250,000 mostly Hutu refugees streamed into Tanzania at the border crossing of Rusumo on 28 April 1994.


  • Tuzla, Bosna and Herzegovina
    Friday Apr 29, 1994

    Bosnian War

    A Danish contingent (Nordbat 2) on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia

    Tuzla, Bosna and Herzegovina
    Friday Apr 29, 1994

    Around 29 April 1994, a Danish contingent (Nordbat 2) on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, as part of UNPROFOR's Nordic battalion located in Tuzla, was ambushed when trying to relieve a Swedish observation post (Tango 2) that was under heavy artillery fire by the Bosnian Serb Šekovići brigade at the village of Kalesija.


  • Rusumo, Rwanda
    Saturday Apr 30, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    The RPF took control of the border crossing at Rusumo

    Rusumo, Rwanda
    Saturday Apr 30, 1994

    After the RPF took control of the border crossing at Rusumo on 30 April, refugees continued to cross the Kagera River, ending up in remote areas of Tanzania.


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