What Happened in April 1920

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 4 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
  • Apr 6 To force German evacuation of the Ruhr area, the French occupy Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hanau
  • Apr 8 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Apr 13 1st woman US Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed
  • Apr 15 New Canadian small cent coin is released
  • Apr 17 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • Apr 19 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • Apr 20 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium

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Apr 20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Apr 20 Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
  • Apr 20 Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
  • Apr 20 Phillies mgr Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
  • Apr 21 John Galsworthy's "Skin Game" premieres in London
  • Apr 23 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
  • Apr 23 The national council in Turkey denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.
  • Apr 24 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • Apr 24 Polish troops attack Ukraine
  • Apr 26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 27 Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence
  • Apr 28 Azerbaijan SSR joins USSR (1st time)
  • Apr 30 The British Government ends military conscription

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Joan Frances Will, actress

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Apr 1 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Apr 2 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, Waterbury Conn, pianist (Melody Tour)
  • Apr 3 John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Eric Rohmer, Nancy France, actor (6 in Paris, Collector, Perceval)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
  • Apr 5 Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
  • Apr 5 Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Bernard Carter, British painter/etcher

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Apr 7 Ravi Shankar, British musician (the Pandit), born in Varanasi, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Apr 7 Terence Armstrong, British polar geographer (d. 1996)
  • Apr 8 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • Apr 8 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • Apr 9 Alexander Moulton, English bicycle designer (folding bicycle)
  • Apr 9 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • Apr 9 David Walker, Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
  • Apr 9 F Don Miller, Racine Wisc, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956)
  • Apr 11 Marlen Haushofer, writer
  • Apr 11 Emilio Colombo, Potenza, Italy, Prime Minister (1970-2), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 H R Hewitt, CEO (Johnson Matthey)
  • Apr 12 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Liam Cosgrave, leader (Fine Gael Party)
  • Apr 13 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Claude Cheysson, French politician
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, composer
  • Apr 14 John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 15 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), born in Stuttgart
  • Apr 15 Thomas Szasz, Budapest, Hungary, psychiatrist (The Myth of Mental Illness, The Manufacture of Madness), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor
  • Apr 16 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 16 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo)
  • Apr 17 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • Apr 17 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
  • Apr 18 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 1994)
  • Apr 19 Frank Fontaine, comedian (Crazy Guggenheim), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 20 John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
  • Apr 20 Ronald Speirs, WWII Veteran (d. 2007)
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, Venice Italy, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21]
  • Apr 21 Christopher Dark, NY, actor, Suddenly, Tenderfoot)
  • Apr 21 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • Apr 22 Hal March, actor/TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 22 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological/poet (Misery of the Word)
  • Apr 23 Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, composer
  • Apr 25 Jean Carmet, actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic)
  • Apr 25 Marre, reformer of the bar
  • Apr 26 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)
  • Apr 27 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet
  • Apr 27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • Apr 29 Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster
  • Apr 29 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • Apr 30 Duncan Hamilton, driver
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist/composer

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 3 Novelist and short story writer Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 3 Author F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger (32) weds Annemarie Bertel

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (22) weds Carrie Williamson

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • Apr 8 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • Apr 10 Moritz B Cantor, German mathematician, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • Apr 15 Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74
  • Apr 16 John Conrad Nordqvist, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (b. 1887)
  • Apr 29 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)