What Happened in April 1896

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Announcement of gold discovery in Yukon
  • Apr 6 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens, Greece. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [3/25 OS]
  • Apr 10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • Apr 12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • Apr 15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 19 Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published
  • Apr 20 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • Apr 25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Apr 25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), born in Boksum, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • Apr 4 Robert Sherwood, American dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1955)
  • Apr 4 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • Apr 7 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • Apr 10 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • Apr 11 Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Quebec novelist (Les Engagés du Grand Portage), born in Berthier, Canada (d. 1967)
  • Apr 15 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • Apr 17 Senor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • Apr 20 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, born in Carberry, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1952)
  • Apr 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)
  • Apr 23 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), born in Hyde Park Gate, London (d. 1967)
  • Apr 26 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, born in Frankfurt am Main, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • Apr 27 Rogers Hornsby, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)
  • Apr 27 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer
  • Apr 29 Walter Mehring, writer
  • Apr 30 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • Apr 30 Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
  • Apr 30 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, born in Kheora, British India (now Bangladesh)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (63) weds Mary Scott (37) at St Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City

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

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 John Rogers Thomas, American composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Alexander Ritter, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Thomas Meik, British civil engineer (b. 1812)
  • Apr 27 Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation (b. 1815)
  • Apr 28 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian, dies
  • Apr 30 Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68