April 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • Apr 1 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
  • Apr 1 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • Apr 3 Netherlands-German postal relations resume
  • Apr 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • Apr 7 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • Apr 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • Apr 10 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France
  • Apr 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • Apr 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • Apr 16 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • Apr 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • Apr 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 18 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • Apr 18 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
  • Apr 19 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • Apr 21 Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • Apr 22 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • Apr 24 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • Apr 25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • Apr 25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • Apr 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 1 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian football coach
  • Apr 2 Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who)
  • Apr 2 Lynda Carr, educationist
  • Apr 3 Carlos Salinas de Gortari, president (Mexico, 1988-94)
  • Apr 3 Dee Murray, rocker (Elton John Band)
  • Apr 4 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
  • Apr 5 Jennifer Penney, ballerina
  • Apr 5 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
  • Apr 9 Philip Wright, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • Apr 13 Roy Loney, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • Apr 14 Tom Monteleone, US writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • Apr 15 Wayne Gilchrest, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • Apr 16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, AK (d. 2014)
  • Apr 17 J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
  • Apr 18 Harvey Kagan, American rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • Apr 18 Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • Apr 19 Leon Wessels, South African lawyer/underminister of Law & Order
  • Apr 19 Viktor Viktorovich Zabolotsky, Russia, cosmonaut (BST-02)
  • Apr 19 Mary Jo Slater, American casting director
  • Apr 22 Archy Kirkwood, MP (L-D)
  • Apr 22 Dectuplets, Bacacay Brazil, 8 males & 2 females
  • Apr 22 John Waters, director (Hairspray)
  • Apr 22 Louise Harel, Quebec politician
  • Apr 25 Peter Sutherland, CEO (Allied Irish Banks)
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Zhirinovsky, [Edelstein], Russian nationalist/anti-semite
  • Apr 29 Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • Apr 30 Karl XVI Gustav F H, King of Sweden (1973- )
  • Apr 30 Bill Plympton, American animator

Weddings in History

  • Apr 26 Father Divine, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • Apr 12 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • Apr 12 F Guicciardi, writer, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 21 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62

  • Apr 22 Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice Supreme Court (1941-46), dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Hermann Keyserling, count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • Apr 28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)