What Happened in April 1934

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 police officers

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 1 Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 and Dove Road near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker's role in the murders was greatly exaggerated, but helped turn public perception against the gang for good

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
  • Apr 6 418 Lutheran ministers arrested in Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
  • Apr 12 Second highest ever wind speed of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington
  • Apr 12 The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
  • Apr 13 4.7 million US families report receiving welfare payments
  • Apr 13 US Congress passes Johnson Debt Default Act
  • Apr 17 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
  • Apr 18 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Tx)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Hitler names Joachim von Ribbentrop ambassador for disarmament

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 19 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Apr 20 Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police
  • Apr 21 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Apr 28 Soccer team Blue White '34 forms
  • Apr 28 Spanish government of Samper forms
  • Apr 28 Tigers' Goose Goslin grounds into 4 straight double plays
  • Apr 29 Pitts is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
  • Apr 30 Austria gets "Austrian facist" constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • Apr 1 Don Hastings, American actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 1 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Apr 1 Vladimir Posner, Russian/French/American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
  • Apr 2 Brian Glover, actor (McGuffin)
  • Apr 2 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Department of Health)
  • Apr 2 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • Apr 2 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Apr 3 David Jones, British reverend/headmaster (Bryanston School)
  • Apr 3 Jane Goodall, ethologist (studied African chimps), born in London, England
  • Apr 3 Jim Parker, NFL guard, tackle (Baltimore Colts)
  • Apr 3 John Lelliott, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 4 Dorothy Lousie Grenfell Williams, broadcaster
  • Apr 5 Stanley Turrentine, jazz saxophonist (Wonderland)
  • Apr 5 Tina Maria Stone, runner (1 year distance record of 15,472 miles)
  • Apr 5 Roman Herzog, German politician
  • Apr 6 Antonius Geesink, Holland, judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Apr 6 Reijo Jyrkiainen, composer
  • Apr 7 Ian Richards, actor (Montgomery-Ike), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 7 Swami Shantananda, Hindu Saint, Philosopher, Disciple of Swami Sivananda, Founder of Temple of Fine Arts
  • Apr 7 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 7 Victor Feldman, jazz musician (drums and piano), born in London UK (d. 1987)
  • Apr 8 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Bill Birch, New Zealand politician
  • Apr 10 David Halberstam, intl correspondent (NY Times/Pulitzer 1964)
  • Apr 10 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged (d. 1997)
  • Apr 11 Dame Anne Poole, chief nursing officer (Department of Health)
  • Apr 11 Mark Strand, American poet/editor/translator (Another Republic)
  • Apr 11 Richard A Garland, artist/photographer
  • Apr 12 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 13 Horace Kay, US singer (Tams-You Lied to Your Daddy)
  • Apr 13 Siegfried Matthus, composer
  • Apr 14 Bruce Pairaudeau, cricketer (WI opening bat in 13 Tests, 115 on debut)
  • Apr 14 Fredric Jameson, American philosopher, cultural theorist
  • Apr 16 Brian Peppiatt, joint CEO (SG Warburg Securities)
  • Apr 16 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • Apr 16 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster
  • Apr 16 Robert Stigwood, producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • Apr 18 Jaap Scherpenhuizen, Groningen, Netherlands, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Apr 18 James Drury, actor (Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Apr 18 Mark Kingston, actor (Intimate Contact)
  • Apr 18 George Shirley, American tenor
  • Apr 19 Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer)
  • Apr 19 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, composer
  • Apr 19 John Roch, high court judge
  • Apr 20 Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian
  • Apr 21 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • Apr 22 David Ratford, diplomat
  • Apr 22 John K Barlow, English rubberplanter/financier/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 22 Nico Ladenis, British restauranteur (Nico at 90)/=
  • Apr 22 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire (d. 1999)
  • Apr 24 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Shirley MacLaine, actress/mystic (Irma la Douce), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • Apr 25 David de Peyer, cancer research campaigner
  • Apr 25 Denny "Scott" Miller, American actor (Wagon Train), born in Bloomington Ind, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 26 J Micheal McCloskey, environmentalist/chairman (Sierra Club)
  • Apr 28 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 29 Pedro Pires, premier (Cape Verde, 1975-91)
  • Apr 29 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 29 Otis Rush, American musician
  • Apr 30 Jerry Lordan, English composer and singer (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Braulio Dueno Colon, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 5 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston
  • Apr 14 Gerald du Maurier, British actor-manager (Unmarried, Escape), dies
  • Apr 14 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (The Big Parade) dies at 47
  • Apr 30 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded John Hopkins Hospital, dies at 75