April 1926 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta

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Apr 3 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Apr 3 Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
  • Apr 4 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
  • Apr 7 Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo California)

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Apr 7 Mussolini is shot 3 times by Violet Gibson in Rome, only hitting him in the nose

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 11 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
  • Apr 12 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
  • Apr 16 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" & "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Apr 18 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
  • Apr 20 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
  • Apr 22 Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security
  • Apr 25 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
  • Apr 26 Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
  • Apr 26 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
  • Apr 29 France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I

Birthdays in History

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Apr 1 Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Apr 2 Michael Rizzello, sculpter/coin designer
  • Apr 3 Virgil Grissom, Mitchell Ind, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)
  • Apr 5 Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15)
  • Apr 6 Ian Paisley, North Ireland, clergyman/MP
  • Apr 6 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • Apr 7 Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)
  • Apr 8 Henry N. Cobb, American architect
  • Apr 8 Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
  • Apr 9 Graham Hills, principal (Strathclyde University, England)
  • Apr 9 Harris Wofford, (Sen-R-Pennsylvania)

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Apr 9 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Apr 9 Lord Fitt, MP (Belfast Ireland)
  • Apr 9 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association)
  • Apr 13 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner
  • Apr 14 Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director and teacher (d. 1996)
  • Apr 16 Barbara Tizzard, British educator
  • Apr 17 Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
  • Apr 17 G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
  • Apr 17 Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
  • Apr 20 Harriett Elizabeth Byrd, politician (Wyoming house of Reps)

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Apr 21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Apr 22 James Stirling, Scottish D-day-parachutist/architect/knight
  • Apr 23 James P Donleavy, novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 23 Richard Laws, Master (St Edmunds College Cambridge)
  • Apr 24 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, born in Hogsjo (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (d. 2008)
  • Apr 26 Michael Joughin, CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
  • Apr 26 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (d. 2003)

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Apr 28 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Apr 29 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • Apr 30 Edmund Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool's Day)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 6 Giovanni Amendola, antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43

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Apr 11 Luther Burbank, American botanist (b. 1849)

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Luther Burbank
  • Apr 19 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • Apr 23 Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
  • Apr 25 Ellen K S Key, Swedish author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer (b. 1857)