What Happened in April 1883

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
  • Apr 6 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Speckled Band" (BG)
  • Apr 12 French troops under lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
  • Apr 13 US prospecter 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 Azn forms Dutch government
  • Apr 24 28 Surinamers depart to Amsterdam World's Fair

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor
  • Apr 1 Lon Chaney, American actor, "man of 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • Apr 6 Mien Labberton, Dutch poetress
  • Apr 6 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1950)
  • Apr 7 Gino Severini, Italian painter (d. 1966)
  • Apr 8 R. P. Keigwin, English academic (d. 1972)
  • Apr 9 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)
  • Apr 11 Leonard Mudie, England, British actor (Magnetic Monster, British Intelligence), born in Cheetham, England (d. 1965)
  • Apr 12 Imogen Cunningham, photographer (1965 ASMP award)
  • Apr 12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Balmain, New South Wales (d. 1959)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Alexandrov, composer
  • Apr 13 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, born in Hubivka, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • Apr 15 Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
  • Apr 17 Hermann Darewsky, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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-born mathematician (d. 1953)
  • Apr 24 Jaroslav Hasek, Czech writer (Brave soldier Schweik) [or April 30]
  • Apr 25 Elsa Maxwell, writer (Jack Paar Show), born in Keokuk, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Apr 27 Hubert Harrison, St Croix Virgin Island, writer/freedom fighter
  • Apr 30 David John de Lloyd, composer

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, composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 22 Octave Fouque, composer, dies at 38

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet