What Happened in April 1914

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 UVS Soccer team forms in Lead
  • Apr 4 Film serial "Perils of Pauline" shown for the first time in Los Angeles
  • Apr 6 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
  • Apr 8 US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
  • Apr 9 "World, the Flesh & the Devil", 1st color film, shown in London
  • Apr 9 Tampico incident - US ship crew arrested in Mexico
  • Apr 9 US President W Wilson refuses to recognize Huerta as President of Mexico on the ground that he has not been elected by the people
  • Apr 11 Mexican President Huerta breaks off diplomatic relations with the US
  • Apr 13 1st Federal League Game: Balt Terrapins beat Buffalo 3-2
  • Apr 14 Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern
  • Apr 20 18th Boston Marathon won by James Duffy of Canada in 2:25:01.2
  • Apr 20 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
  • Apr 20 US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves
  • Apr 21 US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay for 6 months

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 24 A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 US President Woodrow Wilson is persuaded by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to accept mediation in the conflict with Mexico

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Apr 27 Honduras becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Apr 28 181 die in coal mine collapse at Eccles, West Virginia

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • Apr 1 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), born in Bangkok Yai, Thailand (d. 2002)

Person of interestAlec Guinness

Apr 2 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in London, England (d. 2000)

  • Apr 3 Katherine Stammers Menzies, English doubles tennis player (Wimb 1935), born in St Albans, England (d. 2005)
  • Apr 4 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter, born in Châtelet, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Apr 4 John Beith, British diplomat, ambasador to Israel and Belgium (d. 2000)
  • Apr 4 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Sydney Thompson, rock climber
  • Apr 8 John Cameron, cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour)
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), born in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • Apr 9 Richard Young, CEO (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Apr 10 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder 1939-48), born in Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1997)
  • Apr 10 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's), born in Exton, Tasmania (d. 1982)
  • Apr 11 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • Apr 12 Armen Alchian, American economist and professor (University of California), born in Fresno, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 15 John Gregory, English ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company), born in Norwich (d. 1996)
  • Apr 16 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • Apr 17 George Davis, American art director (20th Century Fox), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 C S Nayudu, cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie)
  • Apr 18 Henk Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PSP)
  • Apr 19 Andrew Wilkinson, pediatrician
  • Apr 20 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • Apr 21 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • Apr 22 Charles Hubert Sisson, author/poet (Christopher Homm)
  • Apr 22 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 1988)
  • Apr 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch/English writer (Holland's Glory)
  • Apr 22 Michael Wittman, German soldier and tank ace (d. 1944)
  • Apr 23 Andrew Martin, British Army Officer (Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire from 1965 to 1989) (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • Apr 23 Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
  • Apr 24 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips) and humorist, born in Roseland, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • Apr 24 Ruth White, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • Apr 25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Apr 25 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), born in Michelena, Venezuela (d. 2001)
  • Apr 25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • Apr 26 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (Fixer, Natural, Pulitizer 1967)
  • Apr 26 Charlie Chester, British comedian (Never Say Die)
  • Apr 26 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Apr 26 James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls/Columbia, Maryland)
  • Apr 26 Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
  • Apr 27 Albert Soboult, French historian, born in Ammi Moussa, French Algeria (d. 1982)
  • Apr 28 Skuli Halldorsson, composer
  • Apr 29 Ewan Roberts, Scottish actor (The Day of the Triffids, Five to One), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1983)
  • Apr 29 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), born in Wallasey, Cheshire (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Sid Weiss, jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 20 Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Rube Waddell, American baseball player, dies at 37 of TB
  • Apr 2 Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)
  • Apr 12 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist, dies at 58
  • Apr 14 Hubert Bland, English co-founder of the Fabian Society (b. 1855)
  • Apr 16 George William Hill, American astronomer (moon orbit), considered to be the greatest master of celestial mechanics of his time, dies at 76
  • Apr 16 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), dies at 54
  • Apr 19 Charles Pierce, philosopher/scientist, dies