April 1898 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 8 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • Apr 11 President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration
  • Apr 12 Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in SF Bay to Navy
  • Apr 20 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
  • Apr 21 Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain as of this date.
  • Apr 22 1st Spanish-American War action: USS Nashville, takes enemy ship
  • Apr 22 Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry
  • Apr 22 US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors
  • Apr 24 US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines
  • Apr 24 Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • Apr 25 Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April.
  • Apr 30 Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish writer (Stolica)
  • Apr 1 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • Apr 1 William James Sidis, American genius (d. 1944)
  • Apr 3 George Jessel, toastmaster general/entertainer (Diary of Young Comic)
  • Apr 3 Henry R Luce, Tengchow China, publisher (Time, Fortune, Life)
  • Apr 8 Achiel H Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58)
  • Apr 8 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)
  • Apr 12 Grantley H Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands
  • Apr 18 Lord Leatherland, British journalist/Labour peer
  • Apr 19 Sybil Andrews, English/Canadian painter
  • Apr 23 Edwin E Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov)
  • Apr 26 Vicente Aleixandre, Spain, writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 12 Elz√©ar-Alexandre Taschereau, Roman catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1820)
  • Apr 15 Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader
  • Apr 18 Gustave Moureau, painter, dies