What Happened in April 1943

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 Jan Dieters (leader of illegal CPN) arrested
  • Apr 5 Allies bomb Mortsel, Belgium's worse lose of life during WWII (936 civilians)
  • Apr 5 Japanese troops conquer Indin
  • Apr 5 Poon Lim found after being adrift 133 days
  • Apr 6 British & US armies link up in Africa during WW II
  • Apr 6 British offensive at Wadi Akarit, South Tunisia
  • Apr 6 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN) arrested

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Apr 7 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini met for an Axis conference in Salzburg

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 7 British/US troops make contact at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia
  • Apr 7 Lt colonel Claus von Stauffenberg seriously wounded at allied air raid
  • Apr 7 NFL adopts free substitution rule
  • Apr 8 Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
  • Apr 8 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Apr 8 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 10 12 Jewish patients of Herren Loo-Lozenoord escape nazis
  • Apr 10 General Montgomery occupies Sfax Tunisia
  • Apr 11 Frank Piasecki, Vertol founder, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft
  • Apr 12 Allies conquer Soussa, North-Africa
  • Apr 12 Dutch Catholic University Nijmegen closed
  • Apr 13 Catholic University Nijegen closes
  • Apr 13 FDR dedicates Jefferson Memorial
  • Apr 13 Nazis discover mass grave of Polish officers near Katyn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Gen Alexander/Eisenhower/Anderson/Bradley discuss assault on Tunis

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Apr 14 James Gow & A d'Usseau's "Tomorrow the World" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 14 A JN-25 decrypt by American intelligence detailing a forthcoming visit by Marshal Admiral Yamamoto to Balalae Island results in his plane shot down 4 days later
  • Apr 15 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
  • Apr 16 40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands (85 killed)
  • Apr 16 Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
  • Apr 17 Marshal Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
  • Apr 17 SS-Gruppenführer (Lt Gen) Jurgen Stoop arrives in Warsaw
  • Apr 19 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
  • Apr 19 SS-lt-gen Jurgen Stoop leads destruction of ghetto of Warsaw
  • Apr 19 Bicycle Day - Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.
  • Apr 20 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
  • Apr 22 German counter attack in North-Tunisia
  • Apr 22 RAF shoots down 14 German transport planes over Mediterranean Sea
  • Apr 23 British & US offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta
  • Apr 25 The Demyansk Shield for German troops in commemoration of Demyansk Pocket is instituted.
  • Apr 27 Lou Jansen & Jan Dieters, leaders of the illegal CPN party in Holland, arrested
  • Apr 27 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"
  • Apr 28 German-Italian counter offensive in North-Africa
  • Apr 28 US 34th Division occupies Djebel el Hara North Tunisia
  • Apr 29 Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrested by nazis
  • Apr 29 Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • Apr 29 US 34th Division occupies Hill 609, North Tunisia
  • Apr 30 Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp for Jews forms
  • Apr 30 Dutch strike against forced labor in Nazi Germany's war industry
  • Apr 30 Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed" premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Glen Dale, [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • Apr 2 Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Apr 3 Jonathan Lynn, Bath England, writer/actor (Greedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy)
  • Apr 3 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer
  • Apr 3 Doreen Tracey, English-born Mouseketeer
  • Apr 4 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • Apr 5 Jonathan Lynn, Bath England, actor (Danny-Doctor in the House)
  • Apr 5 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 6 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • Apr 6 Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster
  • Apr 6 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 7 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • Apr 7 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • Apr 7 Spencer Dryden, rock drummer (Jefferson Airplane-Go Ask Alice), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • Apr 8 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 8 Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
  • Apr 8 Robby Weaver, actor (Stone)
  • Apr 8 Tony Banks, English politician (Lab)
  • Apr 8 William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
  • Apr 8 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 9 Terry Knight, rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Apr 11 E J Dommering, Dutch lawyer
  • Apr 11 John Montagu, 11th Earl of Sandwich, British entrepreneur, politician and nobleman
  • Apr 11 Elmer R Wilsoe, Island mayor (Curacao)
  • Apr 12 Charles Ludlam, playwright/actor (Big Easy), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross
  • Apr 13 Billy Kidd, American skier
  • Apr 14 Clarice Elaine Gaylord, director of research grants (EPA)
  • Apr 14 Yvonne Vriens-Auerbach, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Apr 15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Robert Lefkowitz, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in NYC, New York

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz
  • Apr 16 Dave Peverett, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Ewald Vanvugt, author (Kiss of Delight, Seed of Love)
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Madoc, actress (Hi Di Hi)
  • Apr 17 Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
  • Apr 19 Mike Kelly, rocker (Duprees)
  • Apr 20 Edie Sedgwick, actress (Ciao Manhattan) and socialite, born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1971)
  • Apr 20 Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon)
  • Apr 20 Michael Greer, Galesburg Ill, actor (Bobby Gentry Show)
  • Apr 20 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor
  • Apr 22 Mel Carter, singer (Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, cricketer (NZ Test umpire on international panel)
  • Apr 22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate
  • Apr 23 Carmen von Thyssen, Barcelona Spain, Baroness
  • Apr 23 Herve Villechaize, France, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
  • Apr 23 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, Ontario, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Apr 23 [Gerardus] Bob van Toll, actor/interpreter/director (Pastorale 1943)
  • Apr 24 Richard Sterban, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Apr 26 Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • Apr 26 Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect
  • Apr 27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix)
  • Apr 28 Fantastic Johnny C[orley], US singer (Boogaloo down Broadway)
  • Apr 28 John Oliver Creighton, Orange Tx, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 51G, 36, 48)
  • Apr 28 Jacques Dutronc, French singer and actor
  • Apr 29 Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
  • Apr 30 Bobby Vee, Fargo ND, (Devil or Angel, Night has a Thousand Eyes)
  • Apr 30 Robert L Livingston, (Rep-R-Louisiana, 1977- )
  • Apr 30 Frederick Chiluba, former Zambian president (1991-2001)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico

Actress Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Conrad Veidt, German/US actor (Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies at 50
  • Apr 4 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter/sculptor, dies at 54
  • Apr 4 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 5 Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist (b. 1869)
  • Apr 7 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • Apr 7 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • Apr 8 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • Apr 8 Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
  • Apr 14 Asser B Kleerekoper, SDAP-Second-Member of parliament, dies at 62
  • Apr 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 15 Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1882)
  • Apr 18 I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • Apr 19 Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • Apr 19 Gustave Doret, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Kurt Huber, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • Apr 19 Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • Apr 24 Gerardus H de Hare, socialist vicar, dies at 63
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • Apr 29 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • Apr 29 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 29 Sidney A K Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies at 20
  • Apr 30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • Apr 30 Etty Hillesum, Dutch diarist, dies in Auschwitz
  • Apr 30 Otto Jespersen, Danish philologist (b. 1860)
  • Apr 30 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42