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, Countess of Southesk, born in East Sheen Lodge, Richmond-upon-Thames (d. 1945)
  • Apr 5 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1973)
  • 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 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, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1987)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1981)
  • Apr 18 Violette Morris, French athlete (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 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 19 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), dies at 52
  • Apr 22 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor and academic, dies at 67
  • 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