What Happened in April 1880

Historical Events

  • Apr 9 British Open Golf, Musselburgh Links: Scotsman Bob Ferguson wins first of 3 straight titles; beats Peter Paxton by 5 strokes
  • Apr 18 An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • Apr 24 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Agha Petros, Assyrian general (d. 1932)
  • Apr 4 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, born in Zara, Kingdom of Dalmatia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1947)
  • Apr 8 Victor Schertzinger, composer/director (Uptown NY)
  • Apr 10 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • Apr 10 Montague Summers, English clergyman and writer (Malleus Maleficarum), born in Clifton, Bristol, England (d. 1948)
  • Apr 10 Mohammed Nadir Shah, King of Afghanistan (1929-33), born in Dehra Dun, British India (d. 1933)
  • Apr 13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner (d. 1955)
  • Apr 18 Sam Crawford, baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Apr 26 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer/founder of modern dance

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Philosopher John Muir (41) weds Louisa Strentzel

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Diederich Krug, German pianist and composer (Le petit Chevalier), dies at 58
  • Apr 13 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist (b. 1813)
  • Apr 23 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69