What Happened in April 1908

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
  • Apr 3 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • Apr 5 British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
  • Apr 8 Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
  • Apr 12 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
  • Apr 13 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)
  • Apr 16 Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell, Utah)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Apr 20 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
  • Apr 20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • Apr 21 Frederick A Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn't)
  • Apr 22 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
  • Apr 23 Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord
  • Apr 24 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m
  • Apr 27 4th modern Olympic games opens in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Abraham H Maslow, US psychologist (humanistic psychology)
  • Apr 2 Buddy Ebsen, Belleville Il, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
  • Apr 4 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author (Cheaper by the Dozen)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Apr 5 George Schick, Prague Czech, conductor (Chicago Symphony)
  • Apr 5 Grady Sutton, Chattanooga Tn, actor (Pruitts of South Hampton)
  • Apr 5 Herbert von Karajan, Austria, Nazi/conductor (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • Apr 5 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 6 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • Apr 7 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician
  • Apr 7 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)
  • Apr 8 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
  • Apr 9 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • Apr 9 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian/French painter/author (Op Art)
  • Apr 10 Aidan Crawley, CEO (London Weekend TV)
  • Apr 11 Karel Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto)
  • Apr 11 Leo Rosten, writer/humourist
  • Apr 11 Masura Ibuka, industrialist
  • Apr 12 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president of Colombia
  • Apr 12 John T Hughes, Bishop to Forces
  • Apr 12 Virginia Cherrill, actress (Lake Extra, Brat, City Lights, Delicious)
  • Apr 12 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American Air Force pilot (d. 2006)
  • Apr 15 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Lita Grey, Hollywood California, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

Actress Lita Grey
Lita Grey
  • Apr 18 Edward Roberts, bishop (Ely)
  • Apr 18 Henry Guinness, missionary
  • Apr 18 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele)
  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • Apr 20 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Hertogenbosch
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, orchestra leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below)
  • Apr 21 Louis Hostin, France, Light Heavyweight, Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
  • Apr 23 Frederick Hawkins, dancer
  • Apr 23 Herbert Telley, British actuary
  • Apr 23 Myron Waldman, American animator (d. 2006)
  • Apr 24 Heddy Bouber, [Hermanus G Blom], actor (Bluejackets)
  • Apr 24 Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Edward R Murrow, Pole Creek NC, newscaster (Person to Person)
  • Apr 28 Arnoud Breeveld, Suriname bishop
  • Apr 28 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (Australian opener of 30's)
  • Apr 28 Michael T Fitzmaurice, actor (Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler
  • Apr 29 Jack [Stewart] Williamson, US, sci-fi author (Cometeers)
  • Apr 29 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
  • Apr 30 Eve Arden [Eunice Mary Quedens], American actress (Our Miss Brooks), born in Mill Valley, California, (d. 1990)
  • Apr 30 Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic foreign and later prime minister (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 11 Henry Bird, English Chess player and author (b. 1829)
  • Apr 20 Henry Chadwick, sports reporter (baseball), dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British premier (1905-08), dies