What Happened in April 1900

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st edition of Dutch newspaper "The People"
  • Apr 2 1st edition of The Volk published (Amsterdam)
  • Apr 4 Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
  • Apr 4 British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet
  • Apr 5 Attempted assassination of Edward Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 6 James J. Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland is purchased by the U.S. Navy

  • Apr 12 The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 May)
  • Apr 14 Veteran's Hospital at Ft Miley forms
  • Apr 15 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens (till 12th Nov)
  • Apr 15 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs
  • Apr 16 US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
  • Apr 17 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
  • Apr 19 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4
  • Apr 19 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
  • Apr 23 1st know occurrence of word "hillbillie" (NY Journal)
  • Apr 26 AL opener in Cleveland draws 6,500
  • Apr 30 165 lb Robert Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb Ed Dunkhost in a boxing match
  • Apr 30 Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in"Ballad of Casey Jones")

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Robert McDowell, Mayor of Maryborough, Queensland (d. 1988)
  • Apr 2 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist
  • Apr 2 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (d. 1942)
  • Apr 3 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon

Person of interestSpencer Tracy

Apr 5 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

  • Apr 6 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Leo Robin, American writer (Thanks For the Memory)
  • Apr 7 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, England, 50K walker (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Apr 9 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1974)
  • Apr 10 Jean Duvieusart, premier (Belgium 1950)
  • Apr 11 Sandor Marai, Hungarian writer (d. 1989)
  • Apr 13 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer (d. 1976)
  • Apr 14 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1969)
  • Apr 16 Polly Adler, Russian bordello proprieter/author (House is not a Home)
  • Apr 18 Louise Tazewell, [Louise Skiller Tazewell], entertainer
  • Apr 19 Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth)
  • Apr 19 Roland Michener, Governor General of Canada (d. 1991)
  • Apr 20 Fred Raymond, composer
  • Apr 20 Kees Verwey, painter/water colors painter/cartoonist
  • Apr 23 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), born in Lambeth, London (d. 1997)
  • Apr 23 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer
  • Apr 23 Henry Barraud, composer
  • Apr 23 Joseph Green, filmmaker
  • Apr 23 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • Apr 25 Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron Gladwyn, British politician and diplomat
  • Apr 25 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss/Us physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945)
  • Apr 26 Charles Richter, Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
  • Apr 26 Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
  • Apr 27 Walter Lantz, animator (Woody Woodpecker's creator)
  • Apr 28 Bruno Apitz, German writer (Nackt unter W├Âlfen, born in Leipzig (d. 1979)
  • Apr 28 Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud")
  • Apr 28 Maurice Thorez, secretary-general (French Communist Party)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Edward VII, King, assassinated
  • Apr 5 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • Apr 20 Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
  • Apr 21 Heinrich Vogl, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 24 George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll and Secretary of State for India (1868-74, 1880-85), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor and cable car pioneer, dies at 64
  • Apr 30 Casey [John] Jones, American railroad engineer, dies at 36 heroically in Cannonball Express train wreck