What Happened in April 1902

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
  • Apr 2 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
  • Apr 2 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 4 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million
  • Apr 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 5 In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517
  • Apr 7 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
  • Apr 8 Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months
  • Apr 8 Growing unrest in Belgian society as people demand better education, better work and living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage, culminate in a demonstration organised by Socialists. In the rioting that ensues, many Belgians are killed
  • Apr 11 Battle at Rooiwal, South-Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 J C Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Apr 15 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
  • Apr 15 Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food.
  • Apr 15 Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries
  • Apr 18 Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
  • Apr 19 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of NY in 2:43:12
  • Apr 20 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
  • Apr 25 Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game
  • Apr 28 Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1, Year Zero occurs at 10:40 AM on this date.
  • Apr 29 Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines
  • Apr 30 Debussy's opera "Pelléas et Mélissande" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • Apr 1 Maria Polydouri, Greek poet (d. 1930)
  • Apr 2 Danilo Svara, composer
  • Apr 2 Jan Tschichold, German typographer (d. 1974)
  • Apr 3 Henri Garat, actor (Congress Dances), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 3 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, composer
  • Apr 4 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poetess/author (Lutin Sauvage)
  • Apr 4 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (d. 1935)
  • Apr 6 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 6 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • Apr 8 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • Apr 8 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 9 Frantisek Suchy, composer [or April 21, 1891]
  • Apr 11 Quentin Reynolds, newscaster (Its News to Me)/author (FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Louis J M Beel, premier of Netherland (1946-48, 58-59)
  • Apr 13 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (Well's Theater), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Apr 13 Philippe de Rothschild, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 14 Menachem A Schneerson, rebee (head of Lubavitcher Jews)
  • Apr 14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1974)
  • Apr 15 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
  • Apr 17 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • Apr 17 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
  • Apr 18 Giuseppe Pella, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
  • Apr 20 Donald Wolfit, England, actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed)
  • Apr 20 Vesselin Stoyanov, composer
  • Apr 21 Bernard J H "Ben" Stroman, recensent/writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard)
  • Apr 22 Megan Lloyd George, English politician
  • Apr 23 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist (d. 1964)
  • Apr 27 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of the Jury, Behind Office Doors), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 28 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (d. 1979)
  • Apr 29 Theodore Chanler, composer
  • Apr 30 Andre-Francois Marescotti, composer
  • Apr 30 Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Esther Morris, suffragist and first female American judge (b. 1814)
  • Apr 8 Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
  • Apr 11 ... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle
  • Apr 12 Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • Apr 17 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • Apr 27 Julius Sterling Morton, who started Arbor Day, dies at 72