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 (d. 1927)
  • Apr 11 Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist
  • 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 Hoeree, composer
  • Apr 16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • Apr 16 John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • Apr 17 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
  • Apr 17 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • Apr 17 Thornton N Wilder, American novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • 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 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
  • 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 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, linguist (or 1797)
  • Apr 24 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 24 Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • Apr 25 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • Apr 25 VAA Mary, English princess
  • 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 30 Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • Apr 8 George Garrett, 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