On This Day

Famous People Born in April 1888

  • Apr 3 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, born in Rusholme, Manchester, England (d. 1975)

Tris Speaker

Apr 4 Tris Speaker, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians 1919-26), born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)

  • Apr 4 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1975)
  • Apr 6 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Svarta Ballader)
  • Apr 8 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • Apr 8 Dennis Chavez, American politician, 1st US Hispanic Senator elected to serve full term, born in Los Chavez, New Mexico Territory (d. 1964)
  • Apr 9 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize, 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • Apr 9 Sol Hurok, American theatrical impresario, born in Pogar, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • Apr 11 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Apr 12 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), born in Athea, Ireland (d. 1942)
  • Apr 15 Florence Bates, American actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1954)
  • Apr 15 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet, born in Berlin (d. 1904)
  • Apr 18 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), born in Madras, India (d. 1974)
  • Apr 18 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • Apr 19 William Axt, American film score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • Apr 23 Georges Vanier, French Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1967)
  • Apr 26 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, born in Sisson, California (d. 1981)
  • Apr 27 Florence La Badie, Canadian-American actress (Cinderella, The Evidence of the Film), born in NYC, New York (d. 1917)

Harry Crerar

Apr 28 Harry Crerar, Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1965)

  • Apr 30 John Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (God Without Thunder), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1974)