What Happened in April 1891

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 London-Paris telephone connection opens

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Apr 1 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • Apr 1 The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Apr 7 Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day
  • Apr 11 8-year old Jewish tailor's daughter disappears in Greece, rumor spreads that she was a Christian girl ritually killed by Jews
  • Apr 23 Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 24 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Final Problem"

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Apr 25 US President Benjamin Harrison visits San Francisco

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Max Ernst, German painter/sculptor (founded surrealism)
  • Apr 7 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), born in Filskov, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • Apr 9 John Gobau, Flemish/Dutch actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights)
  • Apr 10 Tim McCoy, American actor (westerns) and soldier, born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Apr 13 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (d. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Nella Larsen, African-American novelist (d. 1964)

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Apr 14 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India (d. 1956)

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • Apr 15 Vaino Raitio, composer
  • Apr 15 Wallace Reid, actor/dir/screenwriter (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 19 Francoise Rosay [Françoise Bandy de Nalèche], French actress (Interlude, Women in Prison, Saraband), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • Apr 19 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian writer/poet (La Ronda)
  • Apr 22 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), born in Milaca, Minnesota (d. 1932)
  • Apr 22 Harold Jeffreys, English astronomer (d. 1989)
  • Apr 22 Nicola Sacco, American anarchist (d. 1927)
  • Apr 22 Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (d. 1965)
  • Apr 23 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)
  • Apr 30 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Swart mar leaflik)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Phineas T Barnum, US circus promoter (B & Bailey), dies at 88
  • Apr 15 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, dies at 49
  • Apr 17 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian general and fieldmarshal, dies at 90
  • Apr 25 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)