April 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000
  • Apr 6 1st Scottsboro (Ala) trial begins - 9 blacks accused of rape
  • Apr 7 Seals Stadium opens in SF
  • Apr 8 "White Horse Inn" opens in London
  • Apr 8 Dmitri Shostakovitch's ballet "The Arrow" premieres
  • Apr 12 Spanish voters reject the monarchy
  • Apr 14 Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
  • Apr 15 1st backwards walk across American begins
  • Apr 22 Egypt & Iraq sign peace treaty
  • Apr 27 100°F (38°C), Pahala, Hawaii (state record)
  • Apr 29 Cleve Indian Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Deputy)
  • Apr 1 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Denis Frank Owen, Natural historian
  • Apr 4 Harold L Volkmer, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • Apr 4 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director
  • Apr 5 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • Apr 7 Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower (Pentagon Papers)/patriot
  • Apr 7 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • Apr 9 Martin Rogers, director (Farmington Institute for Christian Studies)
  • Apr 9 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (d. 1991)
  • Apr 10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • Apr 13 Beverley Cross, playwright
  • Apr 15 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • Apr 16 Piet de Visser, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Apr 17 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • Apr 17 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • Apr 17 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • Apr 17 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • Apr 19 Denis Henry, British high court judge
  • Apr 19 Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice
  • Apr 19 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (d. 2004)
  • Apr 20 Lee H Hamilton, Daytona Beach Fla, (Rep-D-Ind, 1965- )
  • Apr 22 Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP)
  • Apr 22 Ronald Hynd, British choreographer (English National Ballet)
  • Apr 24 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art)
  • Apr 25 David Shepherd, painter
  • Apr 25 Felix Berezin, Russian mathematician (d. 1980)
  • Apr 29 Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
  • Apr 29 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • Apr 30 William L [Bill] Clay, (Rep-D-MO, 1969- )

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
  • Apr 10 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
  • Apr 16 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, dies of tuberculosis at 40