What Happened in April 1876

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan
  • Apr 11 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks organizes in New York City
  • Apr 11 Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan
  • Apr 18 Daniel O'Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hrs 32 min
  • Apr 22 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Caps beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • Apr 22 Philadelphia native Tim McGinley of the Boston Red Caps scores baseball National League's 1st run, in Philadelphia

Music History

Apr 22 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky completes his ballet "Swan Lake"

  • Apr 25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France (d. 1958)
  • Apr 5 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, born in Svartnäs, Sweden (d. 1953)
  • Apr 9 George Shepstone, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal, South Africa (d. 1940)
  • Apr 11 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1958)
  • Apr 14 Cecil Chubb, English barrister, gifted Stonehenge to the British nation, born in Shrewton (d. 1934)
  • Apr 14 Murray Bisset, South African cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • Apr 17 Ian Hay [John Hay Beith], British novelist and playwright (Pip, Carrying On), born in Rusholme, Manchester (d. 1952)
  • Apr 19 Hendrik Vladimir Albrecht Ernst, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince consort of the Netherlands (1901-34), born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany (d. 1934)
  • Apr 22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, born in Väike-Maarja, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1920)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (The Third Reich), born in Solingen, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1925)
  • Apr 24 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (1928–43), born in Wandsbek, Germany (d. 1960)
  • Apr 25 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • Apr 28 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)
  • Apr 29 Zewditu, Empress of Ethiopia (1916-30), born in Werreyimenu, Wollo, Ethiopia (d. 1930)
  • Apr 30 Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist and politician (Minister of Education), born in Augusta, Italy (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Paul van Vlissingen, Dutch ship owner, dies at 78
  • Apr 3 Henriette Davidis, German cookery writer (Practical Cookbook), dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, Belgian military officer, painter, composer, and librettist, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 27 George Aiken, American playwright and actor famous for writing the most popular stage adaptation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", dies at 45