What Happened in April 1876

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • Apr 2 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
  • Apr 8 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan
  • Apr 11 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks organizes
  • Apr 11 Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan
  • Apr 18 Daniel O'Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hrs 32 min
  • Apr 22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • Apr 22 Tsjaikovsky completes his "Swan Lake" ballet
  • Apr 22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • Apr 25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 5 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer
  • Apr 11 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (d. 1958)
  • Apr 14 Murray Bisset, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910)
  • Apr 17 Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
  • Apr 19 Hendrik W A E, duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin/king of Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Prince William of Orange)
  • Apr 22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (d. 1925)
  • Apr 24 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
  • Apr 24 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)
  • Apr 25 Ruben Marcos Campos, composer
  • Apr 28 Frank Cavanagh, one of football's coaching greats
  • Apr 29 Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)
  • Apr 30 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Paul van Vlissingen, Dutch ship owner, dies at 78
  • Apr 3 Henriette Davidis, writer, dies
  • Apr 9 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), dies at 71
  • Apr 16 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, dies at 65