Historical Events in April 1881

  • Apr 1 Anti-Jewish riots in Jerusalem
  • Apr 1 Kingdom post office in Netherlands opens
  • Apr 5 Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty
  • Apr 11 River ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks in Thames River, Ontario, 180 die
  • Apr 11 Spelman College founded
  • Apr 14 The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight in El Paso, Texas.
  • Apr 16 In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
  • Apr 18 Natural History Museum opens in South Kensington, England

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Apr 18 Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.

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  • Apr 23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
  • Apr 25 250,000 Germans petition to bar foreign Jews from entering Germany
  • Apr 25 French troops occupy Algeria & Tunisia
  • Apr 27 Pogroms against Russian Jews start in Elisabethgrad