What Happened in April 1903

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 General railroad strike against "worgwetten" (anti-strike laws)
  • Apr 6 The Kishinev pogrom in Bessarabia begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world.
  • Apr 6 In Holland, railroad and dock workers go out on strike, but the government passes anti-strike bills, calls out troops, and promptly ends the strike on the 13th April
  • Apr 14 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)
  • Apr 20 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
  • Apr 22 American Power Boat Association forms
  • Apr 22 Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game in New York at Hilltop Park vs Washington Senators, lose 3-1 before 11,950
  • Apr 23 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Washington Senators 7-2
  • Apr 27 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out, Philadelphia A's win 6-0
  • Apr 27 Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
  • Apr 29 Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kill 9 in Frank, Alberta
  • Apr 30 NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 3 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • Apr 5 Thomas Baron Pitfield, composer
  • Apr 6 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • Apr 6 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • Apr 7 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Apr 9 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • Apr 9 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Benkelman, Nebraska (d. 1960)
  • Apr 9 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist
  • Apr 10 Clare Boothe Luce, US ambassador (to Vatican)
  • Apr 10 Nick Stuart, Romania, bandleader
  • Apr 12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist/UN advisor (Nobel 1969)
  • Apr 13 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara, Matchmaker), born in Southport, Sefton, England (d. 1969)
  • Apr 15 Erich Arendt, writer [or Apr 16]
  • Apr 15 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), born in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1983)
  • Apr 17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • Apr 17 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • Apr 17 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • Apr 18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer
  • Apr 19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Apr 20 Dagmar Edqvist, Swedish author (Kamrathustru-Wife & Comrade)
  • Apr 21 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark (1947..55)
  • Apr 23 Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d 1974)
  • Apr 24 Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, founder (Spanish Falange)
  • Apr 24 Mike Michalske, NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers)
  • Apr 24 Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist (Black Byzantium)
  • Apr 25 Camilla Horn, German actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Polterabend, Matinee Idol), born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Apr 25 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer
  • Apr 25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
  • Apr 26 Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • Apr 27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist
  • Apr 29 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (40) weds Millicent Veronica Willson (21) in New York City

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 11 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • Apr 29 Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (b. 1835)
  • Apr 30 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)