What Happened in April 1893

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 1st NSW v Queensland F-C game, at Brisbane Exhibition Ground
  • Apr 5 Cleveland passes Park Act (forerunner of Metroparks)
  • Apr 6 Andy Bowen & Jack Burke box 7 hrs 19 mins to no decision (111 rounds)
  • Apr 6 Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City dedicated
  • Apr 8 The Critic reports that ice cream soda is America's national drink
  • Apr 12 Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa: German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi
  • Apr 22 Francis Dhanis army occupies Kasongo
  • Apr 22 Paul Kruger elected President of Transvaal for 3rd time
  • Apr 26 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
  • Apr 27 Richard "King Dick" Seddon succeeds John Balance as premier of New Zealand and leader of Liberal Party

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1980)
  • Apr 3 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With the Wind, Of Human Bondage), born in London, England (d. 1943)
  • Apr 3 Princess Maud of Fife (d. 1945)
  • Apr 5 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28)
  • Apr 7 Irene Castle, dancer (leader in anti-vivisection movement)
  • Apr 7 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (d. 1969)
  • Apr 8 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Apr 8 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Sereniteit)
  • Apr 11 Dean G Acheson, statesman/US Secretary of State (1949-53)
  • Apr 11 Johannes T Thijsse, Dutch founder (Waterloopkundig lab Delft)
  • Apr 16 Federico Mompou, composer
  • Apr 16 Joseph Yasser, composer
  • Apr 18 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • Apr 20 Harold Lloyd, Burchard Neb, silent comic (Why Worry, Safety Last)
  • Apr 20 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, born in Boskovice (d. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian
  • Apr 20 Joan MirĂ³, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1983)
  • Apr 23 Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
  • Apr 24 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • Apr 26 Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal (d. 1946)
  • Apr 27 Norman Bel Geddes, Adrian Mich, theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End)
  • Apr 27 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Elisaveta Bagrjana, [Beltsheva], Bulgaria, poet
  • Apr 29 Harold C Urey, Ind, physicist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934)

Person of interestJoachim von Ribbentrop

Apr 30 Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister and war criminal, born in Wesel, Rhine Province, German Empire (d. 1946)

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • Apr 9 Disma Fumagalli, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 19 John Addington Symonds, British critic and poet, dies at 52
  • Apr 22 Chaim Aronson, inventor and academic (b. 1825)
  • Apr 27 John Murray Corse, US general (Union), dies on his 58th birthday
  • Apr 27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, dies of intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • Apr 30 Gyula Beliczay, composer, dies at 57