What Happened in April 1909

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 1st credit union forms in US
  • Apr 6 North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson
  • Apr 9 The US Congress pass the Payne-Aldrich bill, raising certain tariffs on goods entering the United States
  • Apr 11 Establishment of Tel Aviv by Jewish settlers (named 1910)
  • Apr 12 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
  • Apr 13 In Constantinople the primarily Albanian First Army Corps seizes the parliament building and telegraphs offices, forcing the Ottoman statesman Hilmi Pasha to resign
  • Apr 14 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
  • Apr 15 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • Apr 19 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of NH in 2:53:36.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • Apr 19 A convention with Turkey recognizes Bulgarian independence
  • Apr 24 Harry Hillman & Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds
  • Apr 27 Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Abner Biberman, director/actor (Imhook-Kodiak), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 1 Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orch)
  • Apr 2 Jean Kurt Forest, composer
  • Apr 5 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Gerald Bond, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16)
  • Apr 6 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • Apr 6 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • Apr 7 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • Apr 8 Olavi Pesonen, composer
  • Apr 8 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
  • Apr 8 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • Apr 9 Domenico Enrici, Apostolic Nuncio
  • Apr 9 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer
  • Apr 9 Robert Helpmann, Mount Gambier, Australia, actor/dancer (Second Time Lucky, The Red Shoes)
  • Apr 13 Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • Apr 13 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI)
  • Apr 13 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, willife conservationist
  • Apr 13 Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian
  • Apr 17 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
  • Apr 17 Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
  • Apr 20 Guido Alberti, literary patron/businessman
  • Apr 20 Richard Stubbs, publicity adviser
  • Apr 21 Rollo May, American psychologist, Love & Will)
  • Apr 22 Ralph Byrd, actor (Dick Tracy TV Show), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 22 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
  • Apr 24 Bernhard Grzimek, zoologist (West Germany)
  • Apr 24 Irven Spence, animator
  • Apr 25 Jaroslav Doubrava, composer
  • Apr 26 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
  • Apr 27 Muriel C Bradbrook, English writer (That Infidel Place)
  • Apr 29 Daniel Raphael Mayer, journalist and resistance leader
  • Apr 29 Tom Ewell, [S Yewell Tompkins], Ky, actor (Tom Ewell Show, 7 Yr Itch)
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of Netherlands (1948-80)
  • Apr 30 F. E. McWilliam, Irish sculptor (d. 1992)

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 15 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Charles Conder, artist, dies
  • Apr 9 Helena Modrzejewska, Polish-American actress, dies from Bright's disease at 68
  • Apr 10 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet, dies at 72
  • Apr 12 Hermann Kotzchmar, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Whitley Stokes, British lawyer (b. 1830)