On This Day

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 "Massacre of Hoornkrans": Curt von François, colonial Governor of German South West Africa (now Nambia), leads attack by 225 Schutztruppe soldiers on Nama leader Hendrik Witbooi's headquarters at Hoornkrans; shelling of the village causes tremendous civilian casualties. Witbooi escapes and wages several months of guerrilla warfare against the German forces.
  • Apr 22 Francis Dhanis army occupies Kasongo

Election of Interest

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, Countess of Southesk, born in East Sheen Lodge, Richmond-upon-Thames (d. 1945)
  • Apr 4 Hans Riegel Sr., German sweet inventor (founder of Haribo), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Apr 5 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1500m, 5000m, allround 1924; 500m, 1500m 1928), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1973)
  • Apr 7 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1969)
  • Apr 8 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Untamed, Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Apr 8 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Sereniteit)
  • Apr 11 Dean Acheson, American statesman and U.S. Secretary of State (1949-53), born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1971)
  • Apr 11 Johannes Theodoor Thijsse, Dutch director of Delft Hydraulics Laboratory, born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Federico Mompou, Catalan composer (Música Callada -'The Voice of Silence'), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1987)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Apr 17 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1969)
  • Apr 18 Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • Apr 20 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), born in Burchard, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • Apr 20 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, born in Boskovice (d. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, born in Morgan County, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • Apr 20 Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • Apr 23 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1962)
  • Apr 24 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • Apr 27 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), born in Adrian, Michigan (d. 1958)
  • Apr 27 Draža Mihailović, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal, born in Ivanjica, Serbia (d. 1946)
  • Apr 27 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, born in Bradford, Ohio (d. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet (The Eternal and the Holy), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1991)
  • Apr 29 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), born in Walkerton, Indiana (d. 1981)

Joachim von Ribbentrop

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


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, French-Swiss botanist, dies at 86
  • Apr 19 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), dies at 52
  • Apr 22 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor & academic, dies at 67
  • Apr 27 John Murray Corse, American general (Union), dies on his 58th birthday
  • Apr 27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand & the founder of the Liberal Party, dies of intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • Apr 30 Gyula Beliczay, Hungarian composer and teacher, dies at 57