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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

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

Apr 11 President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration
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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 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 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American actress (Blood & Sand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 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 toastmaster general and entertainer (Diary of Young Comic), 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 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)
  • Apr 8 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)

Person of interestCurly 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)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Apr 9 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • Apr 12 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) 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 operette 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 NFL tackle and coach (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