On This Day

What Happened in April 1890

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 French troops under capt Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
  • Apr 7 Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal, Japan
  • Apr 11 Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station
  • Apr 14 Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Washington, D.C.)
  • Apr 18 NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Garden, NYC (now known as Castle Clinton) [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 5 Fie Carelsen [Sophia de Jong], Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Apr 6 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • Apr 6 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)
  • Apr 7 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, environmentalist (1st Lady of Everglades)
  • Apr 7 Victoria Ocampo, Argentine writer and publisher (Sur magazine), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1979)
  • Apr 11 Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, born in Predappio, Romagna, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Frank Murphy, American politician and 56th United States Attorney General, born in Harbor Beach, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Fred Root, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC, Worcestershire CCC), born in Somercotes, England (d. 1954)
  • Apr 17 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • Apr 18 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • Apr 19 Lou Bandy [Lodewijk Ferdinand Dieben], Dutch revue-artist (Look for the Sun), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • Apr 20 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (d. 1959)
  • Apr 23 Donald Tweedy, American composer, and educator, born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • Apr 23 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • Apr 26 Edgar Kennedy, American actor and director (My Old Dutch), born in Monterey County, California (d. 1948)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 David Wilber, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 69
  • Apr 2 Marinus Frederik Andries Gerardus Campbell, Dutch bibliographer, dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (1st Premier of Quebec), dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Edmond Hébert, French geologist, dies at 77
  • Apr 8 Junius Spencer Morgan, American merchant and philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", dies of asphyxia at 27
  • Apr 13 Samuel J. Randall, American politician (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), dies at 61
  • Apr 16 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), dies at 87
  • Apr 22 Magnus Huss, Swedish physician who coined the word alcoholism and was the first to define it as a disease, dies at 82