What Happened in April 1911

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 Harry James Smith's "Mrs Bumsted-Leigh" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 4 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
  • Apr 5 MCC tour match v Jamaica finishes in a tie
  • Apr 5 Waldorf W Aster acquires Daily Observer
  • Apr 12 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
  • Apr 13 Polo Grounds grandstand & left field bleachers go up in flames
  • Apr 13 The US House of Representatives votes to institute direct elections of senators to Congress, a step towards direct democracy
  • Apr 15 Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St NYC

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 15 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 19 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:21:39.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 George Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play" premieres in London

  • Apr 27 Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Indian passive resistance is suspended when Gen. J.C. Smuts enters into negotiations with Mahatma Gandhi.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Apr 30 Portugal approves female suffrage

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 1 Ferdinand J Kranenburg, Dutch Secretary of Defense (soc dem)
  • Apr 1 Gunther Rennert, Essen Germany, opera director/producer
  • Apr 2 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Harold Watkins Shaw, musicologist
  • Apr 3 Michael Woodruff, FRS, surgeon
  • Apr 3 W R Lee, language teacher
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia
  • Apr 4 Max Dupain, Australian photographer (d. 1992)
  • Apr 5 Goddard Lieberson, Hanley Staffordshire England, recording exec
  • Apr 5 Gordon Jones, Alden Iowa, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello)
  • Apr 6 Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, composer
  • Apr 7 Kenneth Oakley, Amersham Buckinghamshire, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax
  • Apr 8 Douglas Hyde, socialist/Christian
  • Apr 8 Emil Mihai Cioran, writer/aphorist
  • Apr 8 Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
  • Apr 9 Albert Remy, Sevres France, actor (Grand Prix, Gigot, Train)
  • Apr 9 Lord Deramore, architect
  • Apr 10 Maurice Schumann, French statesman/writer (La Voix du couvre-feu)
  • Apr 10 Martin Denny, musician (Exotica), born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 Darrell A Amyx, US archaeologist (Greek Ceramics)
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40)
  • Apr 12 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (d. 1976)
  • Apr 13 Nino Sanzogno, composer
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer (d. 1946)
  • Apr 13 Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Jacob Fresco, Dutch architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument)
  • Apr 16 Christine McIntyre, actress (3 Stooges movies)
  • Apr 16 William Stearn, botanist
  • Apr 17 Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin, writer
  • Apr 17 Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
  • Apr 18 Francis Frederick Johnson, architect
  • Apr 18 George Huntington Hartford II, heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer
  • Apr 20 Kukrit Pramoj, politician
  • Apr 21 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Apr 21 Ivan Combe, American inventor (d. 2000)
  • Apr 23 Ronald Neame, director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure)
  • Apr 23 Simone Simon, France, actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love)
  • Apr 24 Jack E Leonard, comedian (Disorderly Orderly), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 24 Karl O Schiller, German economist (Minister of Economics)
  • Apr 24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 24 Sigursveinn David Kristinsson, composer
  • Apr 26 Marianne Hoppe, Rostock Germany (Bei Thea, Liebrauen)
  • Apr 27 Colin Gordon, Ceylon, actor (John-Baron)
  • Apr 27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Asterix, Tintin)
  • Apr 28 Frans Vroons, actor/tenor/director (Neth Opera)
  • Apr 28 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, born in Murii (d. 1984)
  • Apr 30 John-Baptist J Walgrave, [Henricus/Humanus], Flemish, theologist
  • Apr 30 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), born in Pitzling, Bavaria (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Actress Mae West (17) weds fellow vaudevillian Frank Wallace (21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Actress Mae West
Mae West

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 10 Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer, dies at 35
  • Apr 13 George Washington Glick, American politician (b. 1827)
  • Apr 13 John McLane, American politician (b. 1852)
  • Apr 14 Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Apr 14 Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • Apr 15 Georg Knorr, German engineer, dies
  • Apr 25 Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)