What Happened in April 1907

Historical Events

  • Apr 11 NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards
  • Apr 12 Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer resigns
  • Apr 12 In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
  • Apr 17 Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive
  • Apr 18 Augustus Thomas' "Witching Hour" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco
  • Apr 19 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Va Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • Apr 30 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Walter Kaufmann, composer
  • Apr 2 Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Isaac Deutscher, Polish/English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography)
  • Apr 4 Nathan M Pusey, Iowa, educator (National Ass for Social Sciences-1963)
  • Apr 5 J Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist/anatomist
  • Apr 8 Maurice Stacey, chemist
  • Apr 10 Pete Desjardins, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • Apr 11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 11 William Henry Swinburne, music teacher
  • Apr 11 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-born sculptor (d. 2003)
  • Apr 12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Harold Stassen, W (Gov-R-Minn) perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 14 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti
  • Apr 14 Otto F A H van Nispen, Dutch mayor (Pannerden)/MP (KVP)
  • Apr 14 Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), born in London, England
  • Apr 15 Gerald Abrahams, author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 15 Nicholas Tinbergen, Neth/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)
  • Apr 16 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (d. 1947)
  • Apr 16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • Apr 18 Miklos Rozsa, movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 18 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing)
  • Apr 19 Alan Wheatley, England, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • Apr 19 Gino Contilli, composer
  • Apr 19 Lina Basquette, Mateo Cal, actress (Paradise Park, Pleasure, Goldie)
  • Apr 20 Miran Bux, cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55)
  • Apr 20 William Dollar, ballet dancer/choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 21 Antoni Szalowski, composer
  • Apr 21 Beatrice Kay, American singer/actress, Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Ivan Efremov, Russian paleontologist and author (d. 1972)
  • Apr 23 Lee (Elizabeth) Miller, Poughkeepsie New York, American photographer
  • Apr 24 Vaclav Trojan, composer
  • Apr 25 Paula Trueman, American actress (Gran-Billy), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 25 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer
  • Apr 26 Theun de Vries, writer (February; PC Hooft prize 1981)
  • Apr 29 Fred Zinneman, Austria, director (From Here to Eternity, Julia)
  • Apr 29 Tino Rossi, Ajaccio France, singer (Deux Amours, Marlene)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 8 Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman philosphy in Neth), dies at 65
  • Apr 23 Alfred Packer, American Cannibal (b. 1842)
  • Apr 26 Pietro Plantania, composer, dies at 79