What Happened in April 1906

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
  • Apr 5 St Pius X encyclical "On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland"
  • Apr 7 The world's 1st animated cartoon "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" by J. Stuart Blackton is released
  • Apr 7 Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business
  • Apr 7 Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • Apr 9 3½th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)
  • Apr 13 Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 US President Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in US press, taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Apr 15 The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • Apr 18 Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht

CommunicationSan Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Apr 18 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
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  • Apr 18 The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement
  • Apr 19 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
  • Apr 19 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
  • Apr 19 SF Earthquake ends killing 452
  • Apr 22 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece
  • Apr 22 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • Apr 26 Motion pictures begin regular showings at the Orpheum Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • Apr 1 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • Apr 3 Kathleen Tillotson, Emeritus Professor of English (Bedford College), born in Berwick-upon-Tweed (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Apr 4 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995) [NS]
  • Apr 5 Guy Clutton-Brock, English social worker (declared as national hero in Zimbabwe), born in Northwood, Middlesex (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Grady Sutton, American actor (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
  • Apr 6 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • Apr 8 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • Apr 8 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • Apr 9 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • Apr 9 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), born in Kensington, London (d. 1963)
  • Apr 9 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), born in Pécs, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Apr 9 Rafaela Aparicio [Rafaela Díaz Valiente], Spanish actress, born in Málaga, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957)
  • Apr 10 Kathleen Major, British historian and principal (St Hilda's College, England), born in Lincolnshire (d. 2001)
  • Apr 11 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American cartoonist (Brenda Starr), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Apr 13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

Apr 13 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

Person of interestFaisal of Saudia Arabia

Apr 14 Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd and Hasa (d. 1975)

  • Apr 14 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • Apr 15 A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
  • Apr 15 Susan Walker, vice CEO (WRVS)
  • Apr 16 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 16 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist
  • Apr 16 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 17 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poetess (Life with JC Bloem)
  • Apr 18 Edgar Unsworth, Justice of Appeals (Gibralter)
  • Apr 21 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • Apr 22 Eric William Fenby, composer/president (Delius Society)

Person of interestEddie Albert

Apr 22 Eddie Albert [Heimberger], American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • Apr 22 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, second in line to the Swedish throne (d. 1946)
  • Apr 24 William Joyce, American-born Irish Fascist politician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1946)
  • Apr 25 Sally Salminen, Finnish writer (Katrina), born in Vårdö, Finland (d. 1976)
  • Apr 25 William J. Brennan, Jr, American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Apr 25 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Apr 26 Leopold Spinner, composer
  • Apr 27 Mark Alexander Abrams, English market researcher, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1966)
  • Apr 28 Bartholomeus J "Bart" Bok, Dutch/US astronomer (Milky Way)
  • Apr 28 Pierre [Louis] Boileau, novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 28 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (d. 1978)
  • Apr 28 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Alexander L Kielland, Norwegian writer (Working People), dies at 57
  • Apr 8 Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer's victim (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Georgi Apollonovitch Gapon, Rus-orthodox clergyman/tsarist agent, dies
  • Apr 11 James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58
  • Apr 11 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (b. 1839)
  • Apr 18 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • Apr 19 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903) and husband of Marie Curie, dies in a cart accident at 46
  • Apr 19 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)
  • Apr 20 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
  • Apr 25 John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67