What Happened in April 1906

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
  • Apr 5 St Pius X encyclical "On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland"
  • Apr 6 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
  • Apr 7 Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business
  • Apr 7 Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • Apr 9 3½th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)
  • Apr 13 Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 US President Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in US press, taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Apr 15 The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • Apr 18 Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht

CommunicationSan Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Apr 18 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city

  • Apr 18 The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
  • Apr 19 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
  • Apr 19 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
  • Apr 19 SF Earthquake ends killing 452
  • Apr 22 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece
  • Apr 22 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • Apr 26 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ned Glass, Poland, actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie)
  • Apr 1 Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
  • Apr 3 Kathleen Tillotson, Emeritus Professor of English (Bedford College)
  • Apr 4 Bea Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 4 John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]
  • Apr 5 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist
  • Apr 5 Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)
  • Apr 8 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • Apr 8 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Antal Dorati, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 9 Todd Naylor "Hugh" Gaitskell, MP (Labour)
  • Apr 9 Rafaela Aparicio, Spanish actress (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 Fud Livingston, composer
  • Apr 10 Kathleen Major, principal (St Hilda's College, England)
  • Apr 10 Lili Darvas, actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 11 Dale Messick, American cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 13 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 13 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 13 Bud Freeman, American musician (d. 1991)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd and Hasa (d. 1975)

  • Apr 14 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Apr 15 A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
  • Apr 15 Susan Walker, vice CEO (WRVS)
  • Apr 16 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 16 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist
  • Apr 16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 16 Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Apr 17 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
  • Apr 17 Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poetess (Life with JC Bloem)
  • Apr 18 Edgar Unsworth, Justice of Appeals (Gibralter)
  • Apr 21 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • Apr 22 Eric William Fenby, composer/president (Delius Society)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • Apr 22 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, second in line to the Swedish throne (d. 1946)
  • Apr 23 Marcel Hillaire, actor (Adv in Paradise), born in Cologne, Germany
  • Apr 23 Maria Arnoldo, [Adrianus Broeders], photographer/writer
  • Apr 24 William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • Apr 25 Sally Salminen, writer
  • Apr 25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Apr 25 Zoltan Gardonyi, composer
  • Apr 26 Gracie Allen, Mrs George Burns, comedienne (George Burns Show)
  • Apr 26 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • Apr 27 Mark Alexander Abrams, market researcher
  • Apr 27 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (d. 1966)
  • Apr 28 Bartholomeus J "Bart" Bok, Dutch/US astronomer (Milky Way)
  • Apr 28 Pierre [Louis] Boileau, novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 28 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (d. 1978)
  • Apr 28 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Alexander L Kielland, Norwegian writer (Working People), dies at 57
  • Apr 8 Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer's victim (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Georgi Apollonovitch Gapon, Rus-orthodox clergyman/tsarist agent, dies
  • Apr 11 James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58
  • Apr 11 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (b. 1839)
  • Apr 18 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • Apr 19 Pierre Curie, French physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903), dies
  • Apr 19 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)
  • Apr 20 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
  • Apr 25 John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67