What Happened in April 1889

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
  • Apr 3 Savings Bank of Order of True Reformers opens in Richmond, Va
  • Apr 5 Start of Sherlock Holmes' "Adventure of Copper Beeches" (BG)

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Apr 6 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • Apr 22 Oklahoma land rush officially starts
  • Apr 30 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington's inauguration

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Grigoras Dinicu, composer
  • Apr 6 Barry Macollum, actor (The Trouble with Harry), born in Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Apr 6 Gabriela Mistral [Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga], poet (Noebel Prize 1945) and diplomat, born in Vicuña, Chile (d. 1957)
  • Apr 8 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orch)
  • Apr 9 Efrem Zimbalist, Rostov on Don Russia, composer/violinist
  • Apr 11 Nick LaRocca, US jazz coronetist/composer (Tiger Rag) (d. 1961)
  • Apr 13 Herbert Osborne Yardley, American cryptographer (d. 1958)

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Apr 14 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), born in London (d. 1975)

  • Apr 14 Efim D Bogoljubov, Russian chess player
  • Apr 14 James Stephenson, actor (Letter, Espionage Agent, Nancy Drew)
  • Apr 15 Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union)
  • Apr 15 Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
  • Apr 16 Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin, actor/comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Jessie Street, Austrialian pro womans/aborigine rights fighter
  • Apr 18 John Kilbane, US, featherweight boxing champ (1912-23)
  • Apr 19 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (d. 1946)

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Apr 20 Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45), born in Gasthof zum Pommer, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 20 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist (d. 1996)
  • Apr 21 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • Apr 22 Ludwig Renn, German writer, born in Dresden (d. 1979)
  • Apr 22 Richard Glücks, German SS officer and concentration camp administrator (d. 1945, by suicide)
  • Apr 23 Charles Warrell, big Chief I-Spy writer/teacher
  • Apr 24 [Richard] Stafford Cripps, Engl min of Plane-manufacturing (1942-45)
  • Apr 24 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
  • Apr 25 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricketer (great all-rounder of 1920's), born in Lismore, New South Wales (1944)
  • Apr 26 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria, philosopher (Tractatus)
  • Apr 28 Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, premier/dictator Portugal (1932-68)
  • Apr 28 Bryant Washburn, actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear admiral
  • Apr 30 Acario Cotapos, composer
  • Apr 30 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Thomas T H Jorissen, historian, dies at 56
  • Apr 8 Henry Jupp, cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for Engl in 1877), dies
  • Apr 9 Michel Eugène Chevreul, French chemist (b. 1786)
  • Apr 15 Father Damien, Belgian missionary (b. 1840)
  • Apr 19 Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies
  • Apr 23 Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, French writer (b. 1808)