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 15 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24
  • 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

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 baseball 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 (d. 1985)
  • Apr 11 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 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, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • Apr 14 François Duvalier "Papa Doc", Dictator of Haiti (1957-71), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 1971)
  • Apr 14 Otto Frans Antoine Hubert van Nispen, Dutch mayor (Pannerden), born in Pannerden, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 14 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)
  • Apr 15 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Apr 16 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, born in Steyr, Austria (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), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • Apr 19 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Tolworth, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • Apr 19 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1978)
  • 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, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • Apr 21 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Apr 22 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), born in Vyritsa, Saint Petersburg Governorate, Russian Empire (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, Dutch writer (The Girl with the Red Hair), born in Veenwouden, Friesland, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Apr 29 Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), born in Rzeszów, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • Apr 29 Tino Rossi, French singer (Deux Amours, Marlene), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 5 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Alfred Packer, American Cannibal (b. 1842)
  • Apr 26 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79