On This Day

What Happened in April 1875

Historical Events

  • Apr 17 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • Apr 25 Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3")

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestEdgar Wallace

Apr 1 Edgar Wallace, English novelist, playwright and journalist (The Terror, The Four Just Men) who created King Kong, born in Greenwich, England (d. 1932)

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

Apr 2 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, born in Wamego, Kansas (d. 1940)

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • Apr 2 William Donne, English cricket batsman, (Olympic gold 1900) and administrator (President England Rugby Football Union), born in Wincanton, England (d. 1934)
  • Apr 4 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • Apr 4 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • Apr 8 Albert I, King of Belgium (1909-34), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1934)
  • Apr 13 Ray Lyman Wilbur, American politician and 3rd President of Stanford University, born in Boonesboro, Iowa (d. 1949)
  • Apr 15 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright and novelist (Poverty), born in Amsterdam (d. 1966)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Apr 15 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Apr 18 Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian writer (The Brave Adventures of Lapitch), born in Ogulin, Croatian Military Frontier, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • Apr 24 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Apr 27 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (Un homme si simple), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1932)
  • Apr 27 Freddie Fane, British cricketer (Hobbs' 1st Test opening partner), born in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Lumsden Hare, Irish actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox, Young Bess), born in Ireland (d. 1964)
  • Apr 29 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1950)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Georg Herwegh, writer, dies at 57
  • Apr 11 Heinrich Schwabe, discoverer (11-year sunspot cycle), dies
  • Apr 24 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 25 Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 18
  • Apr 30 Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)