What Happened in April 1902

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 MVV Football Club is established in Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Apr 2 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg
  • Apr 2 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

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Apr 4 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • Apr 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 5 In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517
  • Apr 7 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
  • Apr 8 Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months
  • Apr 8 Demonstration organised by socialists in Belgium as people demand better education, living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage result in a riot and some deaths
  • Apr 11 Battle at Rooiwal, South-Africa

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Apr 14 J. C. Penney opens his first store, The Golden Rule Store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Apr 15 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
  • Apr 15 Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food.
  • Apr 15 Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries
  • Apr 19 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of NY in 2:43:12
  • Apr 20 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
  • Apr 25 Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game
  • Apr 28 Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1 Year Zero occurs at 10:40 AM on this date
  • Apr 29 Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélissande" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • Apr 1 Maria Polydouri, Greek poet (d. 1930)
  • Apr 2 Danilo Svara, Slovenian composer, born in San Giuseppe, Trieste, Italy (d. 1981)
  • Apr 2 Jan Tschichold, German typographer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Apr 3 Henri Garat, French actor (Valse royale, Congress Dances), born in Paris, France (d. 1959)
  • Apr 3 Siguringi Eirikur Hjorleifsson, composer
  • Apr 4 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (Lutin Sauvage), born in Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, Paris (d. 1969)
  • Apr 4 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Martian Odyssey), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1935)
  • Apr 6 Gertrude Short, American actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • Apr 6 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • Apr 8 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • Apr 8 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 9 Frantisek Suchy, composer [or April 21, 1891]
  • Apr 10 Lili Darvas, Hungarian actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • Apr 11 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me) and author (FBI), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • Apr 12 Louis J. M. Beel, Prime Minister of Netherlands (1946-48, 58-59), born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • Apr 13 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Apr 13 Philippe de Rothschild, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 14 Menachem A Schneerson, rebee (head of Lubavitcher Jews)
  • Apr 14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1974)
  • Apr 15 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
  • Apr 17 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • Apr 17 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • Apr 18 Giuseppe Pella, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
  • Apr 20 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), born in New Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1968)
  • Apr 20 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Shumen, Bulgaria (d. 1969)
  • Apr 21 Bernard J H "Ben" Stroman, recensent/writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard)
  • Apr 22 Megan Lloyd George, English politician
  • Apr 23 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, born in Forst, Germany (d. 1964)
  • Apr 27 Kitty Kelly, American actress (Ladies of the Jury, Behind Office Doors), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Apr 28 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (d. 1979)
  • Apr 29 Theodore Chanler, composer
  • Apr 30 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • Apr 30 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Constantinople, Turkey (d. 1972)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • Apr 6 Gleb Uspensky, Russian author (Power of the Soil), dies at 58
  • Apr 8 Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
  • Apr 11 ... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle
  • Apr 12 Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)
  • Apr 17 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • Apr 27 Julius Sterling Morton, who started Arbor Day, dies at 72