What Happened in April 1912

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 metres.
  • Apr 2 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China
  • Apr 2 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
  • Apr 4 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
  • Apr 4 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
  • Apr 6 Electric starter 1st appeared in cars
  • Apr 8 Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
  • Apr 9 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)
  • Apr 10 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage
  • Apr 11 RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for NY
  • Apr 11 Cornerstone of Technion laid in Haifa, Palestine
  • Apr 11 The UK Parliament introduce a Irish home rule bill, granting Ireland its own bicameral parliament and be required to send a representative to the British House of Commons; Protestants in Ulster resist
  • Apr 13 Royal Flying Corps forms (later Royal Air Force)
  • Apr 14 RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland
  • Apr 15 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on
  • Apr 16 Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to fly across English Channel
  • Apr 16 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
  • Apr 17 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
  • Apr 18 The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • Apr 18 Tripolitan War: in continuing hostilities, Turkey closes the Dardanelles Straits after an Italian naval bombardment of the coastline
  • Apr 19 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan of NY in 2:21:18.2
  • Apr 20 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
  • Apr 20 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleve Indians 6-5
  • Apr 26 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
  • Apr 27 Relief laws in Netherlands replace those of 1854
  • Apr 29 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
  • Apr 29 Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 3 Addeke H Boerma, Dutch dir-gen (FAO)
  • Apr 3 Bert Bakker, Dutch publisher (Free Netherlands)
  • Apr 5 John Le Mesurier, Bedford England, actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army)
  • Apr 6 Endre Szekely, composer
  • Apr 6 Wilhelmus H L "Willem" Tollenaar, actor/director (Don Carlos)
  • Apr 7 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
  • Apr 8 Sonja Henie, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 8 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • Apr 9 Lew Kopelew, Russian author (d. 1997)
  • Apr 10 Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers)
  • Apr 10 Roy Hofheinz, engineer (Houston Astrodome)
  • Apr 11 John Larkin, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 12 Eric Feldary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 12 Georges Franju, France, director (Judex, L'homme sans visage)
  • Apr 12 Harold Maguire, British air marshal
  • Apr 12 Walt Gorney, American actor (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Roy Winsor, producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • Apr 14 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orch)
  • Apr 14 Robert Doisneau, photographer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

Founder and Dictator of North Korea Kim Il-sung
Founder and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Il-sung
  • Apr 15 Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)
  • Apr 16 David Langton, Scotland, actor (Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship)
  • Apr 16 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)
  • Apr 16 Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (d. 1997)
  • Apr 17 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
  • Apr 18 John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer
  • Apr 18 Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
  • Apr 19 Glenn T Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951)
  • Apr 19 William Murray, teacher/educationalist
  • Apr 20 David Townsend, cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935)
  • Apr 20 Ed Jones, (Rep-D-TN, 1969- )
  • Apr 20 Frederick Craig Riddle, violist
  • Apr 20 Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
  • Apr 21 Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
  • Apr 21 Marcel Camus, French director, Orfeu negro)
  • Apr 21 Nell [Petronella GS] Koppen, actress, Kniertje-Op Hoop van Zegen)
  • Apr 21 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 22 Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer
  • Apr 22 Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
  • Apr 25 Gladys L Presley, mother of Elvis
  • Apr 26 A. E. van Vogt, Canada, sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn) (d. 2000)
  • Apr 27 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), born in Seraing, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • Apr 27 Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist
  • Apr 27 Renato Rascel, actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria)
  • Apr 28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WW II)
  • Apr 29 Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor
  • Apr 29 Richard Carlson, MN, actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi)
  • Apr 29 Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic
  • Apr 30 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, soldier/politician

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (22) weds Natalie Talbert

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

Famous Deaths

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Apr 12 Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Clara Barton
  • Apr 13 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author (b. 1886)
  • Apr 14 Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)
  • Apr 15 Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)
  • Apr 15 John Jacob Astor IV, billionaire (b. 1864)
  • Apr 15 William T. Stead American author and journalist. (b. 1849)

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Apr 20 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies at 64

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • Apr 24 Justin M'Carthy, politician/novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 František Kmoch, Czech composer, dies at 63