April 1920 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
  • Apr 4 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
  • Apr 6 To force German evacuation of the Ruhr area, the French occupy Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hanau
  • Apr 13 1st woman US Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed
  • Apr 15 New Canadian small cent coin is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Apr 20 Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
  • Apr 21 John Galsworthy's "Skin Game" premieres in London
  • Apr 23 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
  • Apr 23 The national council in Turkey denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.
  • Apr 24 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • Apr 24 Polish troops attack Ukraine
  • Apr 26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 27 Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence
  • Apr 28 Azerbaijan SSR joins USSR (1st time)
  • Apr 30 The British Government ends military conscription

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
  • Apr 5 Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
  • Apr 5 Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Bernard Carter, British painter/etcher
  • Apr 7 Terence Armstrong, British polar geographer (d. 1996)
  • Apr 9 David Walker, Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
  • Apr 11 Marlen Haushofer, writer
  • Apr 11 Emilio Colombo, Potenza, Italy, Prime Minister (1970-2), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 H R Hewitt, CEO (Johnson Matthey)
  • Apr 13 Liam Cosgrave, leader (Fine Gael Party)
  • Apr 13 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Claude Cheysson, French politician
  • Apr 14 John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 15 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), born in Stuttgart
  • Apr 15 Thomas Szasz, Budapest, Hungary, psychiatrist (The Myth of Mental Illness, The Manufacture of Madness), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor
  • Apr 16 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 16 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo)
  • Apr 17 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • Apr 17 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
  • Apr 18 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 1994)
  • Apr 20 John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
  • Apr 20 Ronald Speirs, WWII Veteran (d. 2007)
  • Apr 22 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological/poet (Misery of the Word)
  • Apr 23 Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
  • Apr 25 Marre, reformer of the bar
  • Apr 27 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet
  • Apr 27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1997)

Weddings in History

  • Apr 3 Novelist and short story writer Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 3 Author F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger (32) weds Annemarie Bertel

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

Deaths in History

  • Apr 7 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • Apr 10 Moritz B Cantor, German mathematician, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • Apr 15 Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74
  • Apr 26 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (b. 1887)
  • Apr 29 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)