What Happened in April 1874

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna
  • Apr 5 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, designed by Joseph Paxton, opens in Birkenhead, England
  • Apr 10 14th British Golf Open: Mungo Park shoots a 159 at Musselburgh Links
  • Apr 15 NY legislature passes compulsory education law

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • Apr 18 David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
  • Apr 19 Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
  • Apr 27 White League, Paramilitary white supremacist organization, forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, composer
  • Apr 8 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
  • Apr 9 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet)
  • Apr 14 Count Alexander, of Athlone, gov-gen (South-Africa/Canada)
  • Apr 15 Johannes Stark, Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)
  • Apr 15 George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)
  • Apr 18 Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, German author (d. 1941)
  • Apr 19 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter
  • Apr 19 Ernst Rüdin, Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist (d. 1952)
  • Apr 24 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)
  • Apr 24 Willem E Roelofs, Dutch painter/cartoonist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 25 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian radio inventor (Nobel 1909), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1937)

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Apr 26 J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902)
  • Apr 28 Karl Kraus, satirical writer, born in Jičín, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (d. 1936)
  • Apr 28 Sidney Toler, Warrensburg MO, actor (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight)
  • Apr 30 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian priest/writer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 24 Outlaw Jesse James marries cousin Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch author/engineer on Curacao, dies at 86
  • Apr 19 Owen Jones, architect, dies
  • Apr 20 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (b. 1817)