What Happened in April 1884

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 London prison for debtors closed
  • Apr 10 US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo
  • Apr 20 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"
  • Apr 21 Potters Field reopened as Madison Park
  • Apr 22 Thomas Stevens starts 1st bike trip around world (2 yrs 9 mos)
  • Apr 22 US recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Apr 24 National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Laurette Taylor, [Helen LM Cooney], US actress (Broadway)
  • Apr 2 Sir John Squire, British poet, writer, and historian (d. 1958))
  • Apr 3 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (Aust leg-spinner, two hat-tricks 1912)
  • Apr 4 Isoroku Yamamoto, Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet (WWII), born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)
  • Apr 6 Walter Huston, Tor, actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre)
  • Apr 7 Charles Dodd, English new testament authority
  • Apr 7 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch politician/resistance fighter
  • Apr 9 Franco Vittadini, composer
  • Apr 12 Otto Meyerhof, Germany, psychologist/biochemist (Nobel-1922)
  • Apr 12 Tenby Davies, Welsh world champion runner (d. 1932)
  • Apr 17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob
  • Apr 18 Magda Janssens, Flemish/Neth actress/acting teacher (Maria Stuart)
  • Apr 20 Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1966)
  • Apr 22 Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer
  • Apr 22 John van Capel, oldest man in Netherlands (Died Sept 3, 1992)
  • Apr 26 Harry Sothern, actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers)
  • Apr 27 Louis de Bree, [Louis C Davids], actor (Bluejackets)
  • Apr 30 Albert Israel Elkus, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Carel JCH van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch Cath politician, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian artist and diarist (b. 1860)
  • Apr 5 John Wisden, publisher/cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies
  • Apr 6 Emanuel Geibel, writer, dies at 68
  • Apr 7 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Avondlamp), dies at 80