April 1918 in History

Events in History

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Apr 1 Henry Miller's Theater opens at 124 W 43rd St NYC

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller
  • Apr 1 United Kingdom: the Royal Air Force is created from the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Apr 3 US House of Representatives accepts American Creed written by William Tyler
  • Apr 4 Food riot in Amsterdam
  • Apr 9 Latvia proclaims independence
  • Apr 13 Electrical fire kills 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital
  • Apr 14 Douglas Campbell is 1st US ace pilot (shooting down 5th German plane)
  • Apr 15 Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents
  • Apr 16 The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland

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Apr 20 Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • Apr 21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill
  • Apr 23 Battle of Zeebrugge ends
  • Apr 23 Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
  • Apr 23 National Urban League forms
  • Apr 29 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Earl Jellicoe, chancellor (U of Southhampton)
  • Apr 6 Joan Bernard, Principal (Trevelyan College, Durham)
  • Apr 6 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)

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Apr 8 Betty [Bloomer] Ford, US 1st lady (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Apr 8 Glendon Swarthout, American author (d. 1992)
  • Apr 11 Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber, journalist
  • Apr 11 Richard Wainwright, MP
  • Apr 11 William Perrie, British prison governor
  • Apr 12 18th earl of Derby, English landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Apr 13 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, born in St Pauls Cray, Kent (2002)
  • Apr 18 Roger de Grey, president (Royal Academy)
  • Apr 18 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Maurice Druon, [Kessel], French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
  • Apr 23 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • Apr 25 Gerard Henri de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer (d. 1995)
  • Apr 26 Jack Morpurgo, American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
  • Apr 27 Sten Rudholm, Swedish jurist, member of the Swedish Academy

Weddings in History

  • Apr 12 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian general (b. 1870)

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Apr 21 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, dies at 25 after his plane is shot down

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • Apr 23 Percy Thomson Dean, lt-commander, killed at Zeebrugge, dies
  • Apr 29 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian murderer of arch duke Ferdinand, dies at 22