What Happened in April 1930

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

1st "Blue Angel" starring unknown Marlene Dietrich premieres in America

Singer/Actress Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
  • 2nd 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
  • 3rd Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 3rd Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 2 games

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

3rd 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win

Actress Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
  • 4th Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • 4th Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
  • 4th The Communist Party of Panama is founded.
  • 5th England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • 6th 1st transcontinental glider tow completed
  • 6th Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
  • 10th George Headley scores 223 v England at Kingston
  • 10th Thiokol synthetic rubber 1st produced in Yardley, New Jersey
  • 12th 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • 12th Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • 14th Philip Barry's "Hotel Universe" premieres in NYC
  • 17th Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
  • 17th DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolton invents neoprene using Julius Nieuwland's divinyl acetylene
  • 18th Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da.
  • 19th 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:34:48.2
  • 21st Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
  • 21st Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Moskva Golid" premieres in Moscow
  • 22nd US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • 22nd British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong in Bengal province, British India leaving 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries dead.
  • 25th "All Quiet on the Western Front", based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in New York (Outstanding Production 1930)
  • 28th 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence Kansas
  • 29th 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • 29th North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens
  • 29th Telephone connection Britain-Australia goes into service

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Grace Lee Whitney, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1st Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 2nd Girolamo Arriego, composer
  • 2nd W Hambleden Smith, English newspaper magnate
  • 3rd Helmut Kohl, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Politician and Chancellor of West Germany 1982-90, Reunified Germany 1990-98
  • 3rd Lawton Chiles, (sen/gov-D-Florida, 1971-89/91- )
  • 3rd Max Frankel, journalist (Tables of Id of Organic Compounds)
  • 3rd Wally Moon, American baseball player
  • 4th David Sexton, soccer manager
  • 7th Andrew Sachs, actor (Manuel-Fawlty Towers)
  • 8th Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • 8th John Bartholomew Tucker, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), born in Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 8th John Reardon, baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 8th Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 8th Mary Moore, principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
  • 8th Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma
  • 9th F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (d. 2007)
  • 9th Nathaniel Branden, Canadian psychotherapist
  • 10th Lord Morton, of Shauna, senator (College of Justice, Scotland)
  • 10th Shuja-ud-Din, cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62)
  • 10th Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actor/comedian (d. 2006)
  • 10th Spede Pasanen, Finnish comedian (d. 2001)
  • 11th Carl Franklin, Richmond California, actor (Fantastic Journey)
  • 11th Clive Exton, scriptwriter & playwright
  • 11th James Alan Ferman, secretary (British Board of Film Classification)
  • 11th Joseph Burnett-Stuart, CEO (Robert Fleming Holdings)
  • 11th Kazuo Fukushima, composer
  • 11th Nicholas F Brady, US Secretary of Treasury (1988-93)
  • 11th W G [Bill] Hefner, (Rep-D-NC, 1975- )
  • 11th Anton LaVey, Chicago Illinois, American founder of the Church of Satan
  • 12th Betty Clooney, Maysville Ky, singer (Jack Paar Show)
  • 12th Bryan Magee, British Philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 12th Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant
  • 12th Lou A de Graaf, Dutch asst secretary of Social Affairs (VDA)
  • 12th Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford)
  • 12th Manuel Neri, American artist
  • 13th Jeremiah Harman, British Judge "the kicking Judge"
  • 14th Bradford Dillman, actor (Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), born in San Francisco, California
  • 14th George W Gekas, (Rep-R-PA, 1983- )
  • 14th Jay Robinson, actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 15th Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)
  • 15th Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland
  • 16th Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
  • 16th Herbie Mann, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 16th John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 17th Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 17th Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 18th Clive Revill, actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 19th Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox ], American actor (Bewitched), born in Carmel, California (d. 1994)
  • 20th Alan Oakman, cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956)
  • 21st Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods)
  • 21st Silvana Mangano, actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), born in Rome, Italy
  • 23rd Alan Oppenheimer, actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied), born in NYC, New York
  • 23rd Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
  • 24th Conn Findlay, coxswain (Oly-2 gold/bronze-56, 64, 76), born in Stockton, California
  • 24th Jerome Callet, American musician
  • 25th Dotty Mack, actress (Paul Dixon Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 25th Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 25th Roy Marshall, cricket opener (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI)
  • 26th Derek Waring, actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
  • 26th Justin Gosling, principal (St Edmund Hall Oxford)
  • 26th Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 27th Roelof F "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs
  • 28th Richard C Sarafian, director/actor (Foley Square), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 28th Christopher John Magenis Headington, composer
  • 28th James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 29th Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 29th Jean Rochefort, French actor
  • 30th Raoul de Keyser, [Dekeyser], Flemish painter

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • 1st Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • 2nd Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • 3rd Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 4th Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • 14th Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet, dies at 36
  • 16th José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • 17th Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • 19th Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 21st Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Mother), dies at 79
  • 21st Robert S Bridges, poet laureate (Testament of beauty), dies at 85
  • 21st Robert Bridges, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
  • 22nd Jeppe Aakjaer, Danish poet (b. 1866)