What Happened in April 1904

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • Apr 8 Great Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific
  • Apr 8 British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law.
  • Apr 13 Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Hereros chase away German army
  • Apr 13 US Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin
  • Apr 13 A squadron of the Russian fleet is decoyed out of Port Arthur by Japanese maneuvers, when they realize they are sailing into a trap; their battleship Petropavlovsk hits a mine and sinks, with a loss of 700 men

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Apr 14 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premiered in London

  • Apr 18 L'Humanité, under Jean Jaurès begins publishing
  • Apr 19 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of NY in 2:38:04.4
  • Apr 19 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
  • Apr 20 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres in London
  • Apr 20 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis

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Apr 21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

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Ty Cobb
  • Apr 23 American Academy of Arts & Letters forms
  • Apr 24 President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church
  • Apr 25 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
  • Apr 26 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • Apr 26 John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns; Watson himself will resign in August
  • Apr 26 General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War
  • Apr 27 The Australian Labor Party under Chris Watson becomes the first Labour government in the world
  • Apr 30 Ice cream cone makes its debut

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, born in Alcoy (d. 1994)
  • Apr 3 Iron Eyes Cody, actor (Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 3 Peter Van Steeden, Amsterdam Neth, orchestra leader (Break the Bank)
  • Apr 3 Russel Wright, American industrial designer (d. 1976)
  • Apr 6 Kurt G Kiesinger, German chancellor (Wherever They May Be)
  • Apr 8 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • Apr 8 John R Hicks, British economist (Nobel 1972)
  • Apr 9 Lyle Latell, IA, actor (Not of the Earth, Sky Dragon)
  • Apr 9 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (d. 1972)
  • Apr 11 Arthur Ernest Mourant, haematologist
  • Apr 11 Paul McGrath, actor (Witness, No Time for Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 12 Harald James Penrose, pilot
  • Apr 13 Georges Yves Marie Congar, dominican Theologian cardinal
  • Apr 13 Sir David Robinson, British philanthropist and entrepreneur (d. 1987)

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Apr 14 John Gielgud, actor and director (Arthur, Ages of Man), born in London, England

  • Apr 14 Lionel Birkett, cricketer (WI vice-capt on Australian tour 1930-31)
  • Apr 14 Reinout W van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist
  • Apr 14 Sonia Gaskell, Russian/Neth choreographer
  • Apr 15 Arshile Gorky, Armenian Artist (d. 1948)
  • Apr 16 Clifford Case, (Sen-R-NJ)
  • Apr 16 Fifi D'Orsay, actress (Life Jimmy Dolan, Girl from Calgary), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 17 Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
  • Apr 17 Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman)
  • Apr 18 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)
  • Apr 20 Bruce Cabot, American actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1972)
  • Apr 20 George Stibitz, American scientist (d. 1995)
  • Apr 21 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67)

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Apr 22 [Julius] Robert Oppenheimer, head of Manhattan (A-bomb) Project, born in NYC, New York

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Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Apr 23 Duncan Renaldo, Spain, actor (Cisco Kid)
  • Apr 23 Leslie French, actor/singer (More than a Miracle)
  • Apr 24 Willem De Kooning, Rotterdam Netherland, artist (North Atlantic Light)
  • Apr 26 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, archbishop (Montreal)
  • Apr 27 Arthur F Burns, economist/chairman (Federal Reserve Board)
  • Apr 27 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (d. 1972)
  • Apr 27 Ragnar Skrede, Norwegian poet (Lauvfall)
  • Apr 29 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate
  • Apr 29 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Vasili Vereshtshagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies
  • Apr 16 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
  • Apr 16 Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • Apr 24 Friedrich Siemens, German industrial, dies at 77