On This Day

What Happened in April 1898

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • Apr 10 First Navy Law is passed by the German Reichstag
  • Apr 12 US Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to Navy
  • Apr 18 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • Apr 20 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
  • Apr 21 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat
  • Apr 21 Spanish–American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain
  • Apr 22 1st Spanish–American War action sees the USS Nashville capture a Spanish ship
  • Apr 22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • Apr 22 Cincinnati Red Theodore Breitenstein no-hits Pirates 11-0
  • Apr 22 Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry
  • Apr 22 US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors

Historic Event

Apr 24 US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines

  • Apr 24 Spanish–American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • Apr 25 Spanish–American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April
  • Apr 30 Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish writer (Stolica)
  • Apr 1 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • Apr 1 William James Sidis, American genius (d. 1944)
  • Apr 3 George Jessel, American stage and screen actor, singer, producer and host known as "The Toastmaster General", born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Apr 3 Henry Luce, American magazine publisher (Time, Fortune, Life), born in Tengchow, China (d. 1967)
  • Apr 4 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • Apr 5 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, born in Butte, Montana (d. 1976)
  • Apr 6 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • Apr 8 Achiel H. Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Apr 8 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)

Curly Lambeau

Apr 9 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

  • Apr 9 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • Apr 12 (Alice) "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • Apr 14 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)
  • Apr 15 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • Apr 15 Marian Jordan, American actress, radio comedienne (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • Apr 15 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • Apr 18 Charles Leatherland, Baron Leatherland, British journalist and Labour Party politician, born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • Apr 19 Constance Talmadge, American comedienne and actress (Intolerance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • Apr 19 Sybil Andrews, English-Canadian painter, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d. 1992)
  • Apr 21 Steve Owen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (NY Giants) and coach (NFL C'ship 1927, 34, 38; NY Giants), born in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma (d. 1964)
  • Apr 23 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Apr 25 Fred Haney, American baseball player, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 1977)
  • Apr 26 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (Drifters), born in Deanston, Stirling, Scotland (d. 1972)
  • Apr 26 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1984)
  • Apr 28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands (d. 1971)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 8 William Polk Hardeman, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
  • Apr 9 James Ronald Chalmers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Roman catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1820)
  • Apr 15 Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader, dies in his 70s
  • Apr 18 Gustave Moureau, French illustrator, dies at 72
  • Apr 21 Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, dies at 78