What Happened in April 1897

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world's oldest annual marathon.
  • Apr 22 NYC Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
  • Apr 24 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
  • Apr 27 Grant's Tomb (famed of song & legend) dedicated

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Willem H van de Pol, Dutch theologist (Christian Dilemma)
  • Apr 4 Pierre Fresnay, actor (Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 7 Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • Apr 7 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • Apr 8 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • Apr 11 Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist
  • Apr 13 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
  • Apr 14 Barbara Wootten, U.K. baroness
  • Apr 14 Claire Windsor, American actress (d. 1972)
  • Apr 16 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoeree, composer
  • Apr 16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • Apr 16 John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • Apr 17 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
  • Apr 17 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • Apr 17 Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • Apr 18 Pedro Regas, actor (Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour) [or Apr 12]
  • Apr 18 Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • Apr 19 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor/art benefactor
  • Apr 19 Vivienne Segal, Broadway actress (Pal Joey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
  • Apr 20 Gregory Ratoff, Petrograd Russia, actor/director (Corsican Brothers)
  • Apr 23 Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
  • Apr 23 John Wengraf, actor (12 to Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 23 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23 Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Lee Whorf, linguist (or 1797)
  • Apr 24 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 24 Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • Apr 25 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • Apr 25 VAA Mary, English princess
  • Apr 26 Olga Chekova, Russia, actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children)
  • Apr 26 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
  • Apr 28 Ye Jianying, Chinese general and politician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 30 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • Apr 8 George Garrett, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • Apr 23 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25