What Happened in April 1912

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 3rd Addeke H Boerma, Dutch dir-gen (FAO)
  • 3rd Bert Bakker, Dutch publisher (Free Netherlands)
  • 5th John Le Mesurier, Bedford England, actor (Jabberwocky, Dad's Army)
  • 6th Endre Szekely, composer
  • 6th Wilhelmus H L "Willem" Tollenaar, actor/director (Don Carlos)
  • 7th John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
  • 8th Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36)
  • 8th Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 9th Lew Kopelew, Russian author (d. 1997)
  • 10th Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers)
  • 10th Roy Hofheinz, engineer (Houston Astrodome)
  • 11th John Larkin, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California
  • 12th Eric Feldary, Budapest Hungary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep)
  • 12th Georges Franju, France, director (Judex, L'homme sans visage)
  • 12th Harold Maguire, British air marshal
  • 12th Herbert Mills, singer, (Mills Brothers)
  • 12th Walt Gorney, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 13th Roy Winsor, producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 14th Belinda Quirey, dance historian/teacher
  • 14th Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orch)
  • 14th Robert Doisneau, photographer
  • 15th Kim II Sung, Eternal President ("The Great Leader") of North Korea (1945-94)
  • 15th Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)
  • 16th David Langton, Scotland, actor (Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship)
  • 16th John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 16th Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 16th Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (d. 1997)
  • 17th Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
  • 18th John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer
  • 18th Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
  • 19th Glenn T Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951)
  • 19th William Murray, teacher/educationalist
  • 20th David Townsend, cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935)
  • 20th Ed Jones, (Rep-D-TN, 1969- )
  • 20th Frederick Craig Riddle, violist
  • 20th Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
  • 21st Feike P Asma, Dutch organist
  • 21st Marcel Camus, French director, Orfeu negro)
  • 21st Nell [Petronella GS] Koppen, actress, Kniertje-Op Hoop van Zegen)
  • 21st Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 22nd Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer
  • 22nd Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
  • 25th Gladys L Presley, mother of Elvis
  • 26th A. E. van Vogt, Canada, sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn) (d. 2000)
  • 27th Franz Weyergans, Belgian literary (Les Gens Heureux)
  • 27th Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist
  • 27th Renato Rascel, actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria)
  • 28th Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WW II)
  • 29th Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor
  • 29th Richard Carlson, MN, actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi)
  • 29th Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic
  • 30th Eve Arden, Mill Valley California, actress (Connie-Our Miss Brooks)
  • 30th Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, soldier/politician

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

Famous Deaths

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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