On This Day

What Happened in April 1887

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Susanna Madora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor in Argonia, Kansas

Historic Event

Apr 5 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

Historic Event

Apr 10 US President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Illinois

  • Apr 10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen

Historic Event

Apr 12 Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" premieres in Oslo

World's First Motor Race

Apr 20 Georges Bouton wins the world’s 1st motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle, a 'test' organised by French newspaper Le Velocipede

  • Apr 26 Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
  • Apr 30 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Leonard Bloomfield, US linguist
  • Apr 4 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • Apr 5 Hedwig Kohn, Jewish physics pioneer, born in Breslau, Province of Silesia (Poland) (d. 1964)
  • Apr 8 Walter Connolly, American actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • Apr 10 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1971)
  • Apr 10 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1971)
  • Apr 12 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • Apr 13 Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association, born in Gladstone, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • Apr 15 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Apr 21 Lillian Walker, American silent era actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • Apr 21 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Apr 24 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter, born in Kensington, London (d. 1931)

Famous Weddings

Andrew Carnegie

Apr 22 Business magnate Andrew Carnegie (51) weds Louise Whitfield (30) in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 11 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 20 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • Apr 28 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German composer, dies at 71