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 with the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris

Historic Event

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, and educator (Milan Conservatory), born in Como, Italy (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 centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), born in Sydney, Australia (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)

Getulio 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)

  • Apr 19 Richard von Mises, Austrian scientist and mathematician (probability theory), born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • Apr 24 Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (The Good Soldier Švejk), 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 10 Emilie Mayer, German composer of Romantic music, dies at 70
  • Apr 18 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist & composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 22 Octave Fouque, French pianist and composer, dies at 38

Edouard Manet

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