What Happened in April 1899

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 NC Mutual opens doors for business
  • Apr 4 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • Apr 11 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • Apr 18 John McGraw, at 36, managerial debut as Oriole manager

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Apr 18 The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • Apr 19 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38

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Apr 20 David Beatty is appointed executive officer of the HMS Barfleur, a small battleship and flagship of the China Station

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • Apr 3 Cees Lasseur, Dutch actor/owner (Hague Comedy)
  • Apr 3 David Jack, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • Apr 4 William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)
  • Apr 5 William Hornby Steer, barrister/judge
  • Apr 7 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • Apr 9 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado

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Apr 11 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • Apr 12 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), born in Muskogee, Indian Territory (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer
  • Apr 13 Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor (Scrabble)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher
  • Apr 16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)
  • Apr 17 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • Apr 19 George O'Brien, American actor (d. 1985)
  • Apr 21 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer
  • Apr 21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Martyn Green, actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England
  • Apr 23 Vladimir Nabokov, novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Apr 24 Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 26 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, TX, actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail)

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Apr 27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel

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Apr 29 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Apr 29 Karl Yngve Skold, composer
  • Apr 29 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • Apr 30 Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal, author (regional novels)
  • Apr 30 Lucie Mannheim, German actress (East Meets West, 39 Steps), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 16 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b 1875)
  • Apr 17 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolf, German artist (b. 1820)
  • Apr 21 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer, dies at 80
  • Apr 22 E J (Ned) Gregory, cricketer (one Test for Aust), dies