On This Day

What Happened in April 1883

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
  • Apr 12 French troops under lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
  • Apr 13 US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism
  • Apr 14 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 16 Paul Kruger chosen as President of Transvaal
  • Apr 23 John Heemskerk Abrahamszoon forms Dutch government
  • Apr 24 28 Surinamers depart to Amsterdam World's Fair

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian Soviet composer, born in Plakhino, Ryazan Governorate (d. 1946) [OS date]
  • Apr 6 Mien Labberton, Dutch poetress
  • Apr 6 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)
  • Apr 7 Gino Severini, Italian painter (d. 1966)
  • Apr 8 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, born in Lexden, Essex (d. 1972)
  • Apr 9 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)
  • Apr 9 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), born in Cashton, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • Apr 11 Leonard Mudie, British actor (Magnetic Monster, British Intelligence), born in Cheetham, England (d. 1965)
  • Apr 12 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1976)
  • Apr 12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Balmain, New South Wales (d. 1959)
  • Apr 13 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, born in Hubivka, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • Apr 15 Stanley Bruce, 8th Prime Minister of Australia, born in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia (d. 1967)
  • Apr 17 Herman Darewsky, British composer, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1947)

Person of interestGetulio Vargas

Apr 19 Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer and dictator, born in São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazilian Empire (d. 1954)

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Apr 19 Richard von Mises, Austrian scientist and mathematician (probability theory), born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • Apr 24 Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (Brave soldier Schweik), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary [or April 30]
  • Apr 26 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Apr 27 Hubert Harrison, West Indian-American writer and freedom fighter, born in St. Croix, Danish West Indies (d. 1927)
  • Apr 30 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician and composer, born in Skewen, Wales (d. 1948)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (Cooper Union, steam locomotive), dies at 92
  • Apr 6 Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (b. 1801)
  • Apr 18 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 22 Octave Fouque, composer, dies at 38

Person of interestEdouard Manet

Apr 30 Édouard Manet, French impressionist painter (Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass) dies at 51

Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet