What Happened in April 1897

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world's oldest annual marathon.
  • Apr 22 NYC Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
  • Apr 24 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
  • Apr 27 Grant's Tomb (famed of song & legend) dedicated

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Willem H van de Pol, Dutch theologist (Christian Dilemma)
  • Apr 4 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 7 Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • Apr 7 Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • Apr 8 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)
  • Apr 11 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1962)
  • Apr 13 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
  • Apr 14 Barbara Wootten, U.K. baroness
  • Apr 14 Olga Chekhova, Russian-German actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children), born in Aleksandropol, Erivan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1980)
  • Apr 14 Claire Windsor, American actress (The Blot), born in Cawker City, Kansas (d. 1972)
  • Apr 15 Pedro Regas, Greek stage actor (Only Angels Have Wings, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour), born in Goranoi, Greece (d. 1974)
  • Apr 16 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Apr 16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Apr 16 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1986)
  • Apr 17 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), born in Wijlre, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • Apr 17 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • Apr 17 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Ray), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • Apr 18 Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • Apr 19 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor/art benefactor
  • Apr 19 Vivienne Segal, American Broadway actress (Pal Joey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Apr 19 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), born in Samara, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Apr 23 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)

Person of interestLester B. Pearson

Apr 23 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, born in Marietta, Georgia (d . 1978)
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist (the relation of language to thinking and cognition), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • Apr 24 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 24 Manuel Ávila Camacho, 45th President of Mexico (1940-46), born in Teziutlán, Puebla, Mexico (d. 1955)
  • Apr 25 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, born in Ganja, Azerbaijan (d. 1966)
  • Apr 25 Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, born in York Cottage, Sandringham (d. 1965)
  • Apr 25 Paula Trueman, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • Apr 26 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Apr 28 Ye Jianying, Chinese general and politician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 29 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • Apr 30 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • Apr 8 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • Apr 23 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25