April 1881 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Alcide de Gasperi, Italian premier (1945..53)
  • Apr 3 Margaret MJ "Daisy" Ashford, English author (Young Sisters)
  • Apr 4 Charles Funk, Ohio, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls)
  • Apr 14 Anton Wildgans, Austrian writer/director (Burg Theater)
  • Apr 16 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax/ambassador to US (1940-46)
  • Apr 17 Anton Wildgans, writer
  • Apr 18 Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter
  • Apr 21 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist (Rocks of Oran)
  • Apr 22 Alexander Kerensky, Simbirsk, Russian PM (1917)
  • Apr 25 Hans Windisch, German new testament expert

Deaths in History

  • Apr 7 Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican MP, dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (Torn Trondal), dies at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 19 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, dies of bronchitis at 76

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • Apr 19 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53
  • Apr 26 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, German general (b. 1815)
  • Apr 27 Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Robert W Ollinger, US warden/last victim of Billy the Kid, dies