On This Day

What Happened in April 1880

Historical Events

  • Apr 9 British Open Men's 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 2 Harold Weekes, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Columbia University; All American 1901), born in Oyster Bay, New York (d. 1950)
  • 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 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, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • Apr 18 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • Apr 26 Mikhail Fokine, Russian choreographer and founder of modern dance, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 7 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 52
  • Apr 13 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist, dies at 67
  • Apr 23 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69