What Happened in April 1907

Historical Events

  • Apr 11 NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards
  • Apr 12 Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer resigns
  • Apr 12 In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
  • Apr 17 Ellis Island, New York records 11,745 immigrants
  • Apr 18 Augustus Thomas' "Witching Hour" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco
  • Apr 19 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • Apr 30 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Walter Kaufmann, composer
  • Apr 2 Luke Appling, American football player, born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Iron Eyes Cody [Espera Oscar de Corti], Italian-American actor (Keep America Beautiful, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • Apr 3 Isaac Deutscher, Polish-English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography), born in Chrzanów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • Apr 4 Nathan M. Pusey, American educator, 24th president of Harvard University (1953-71), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, born in Gronigen, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Apr 8 Maurice Stacey, chemist
  • Apr 10 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1985)
  • Apr 11 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Apr 11 William Henry Swinburne, music teacher
  • Apr 11 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, born in Llanymynech, Powys (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2003)
  • Apr 12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Harold Stassen, W (Gov-R-Minn) perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 14 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti
  • Apr 14 Otto F A H van Nispen, Dutch mayor (Pannerden)/MP (KVP)
  • Apr 14 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Gerald Abrahams, author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 15 Nicholas Tinbergen, Neth/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)
  • Apr 16 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (d. 1947)
  • Apr 16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • Apr 18 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American movie composer (Spellbound, A Double Life , Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing)
  • Apr 19 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Tulworth, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • Apr 19 Gino Contilli, composer
  • Apr 19 Lina Basquette, American actress (Paradise Park, Pleasure, Goldie), born in San Mateo, California (d. 1994)
  • Apr 20 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55), born in Rawalpindi, British India (d. 1991)
  • Apr 20 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • Apr 21 Antoni Szalowski, composer
  • Apr 21 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Apr 22 Ivan Efremov, Russian paleontologist and author (d. 1972)
  • Apr 23 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1977)
  • Apr 24 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic (d. 1983)
  • Apr 25 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
  • Apr 26 Theun de Vries, writer (February; PC Hooft prize 1981)
  • Apr 29 Fred Zinneman, Austrian director (From Here to Eternity, Julia)
  • Apr 29 Tino Rossi, Ajaccio France, singer (Deux Amours, Marlene)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 8 Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman philosphy in Neth), dies at 65
  • Apr 23 Alfred Packer, American Cannibal (b. 1842)
  • Apr 26 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79