What Happened in April 1924

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but Gen Ludendorff acquitted

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 1 Imperial Airways forms in Britain
  • Apr 1 The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
  • Apr 6 4 planes leave Seattle on 1st successful around-the-world flight
  • Apr 6 Italy fascists receives 65% of vote of parliament
  • Apr 6 Völkische Block (Nazis) receives 17.8% of vote in Bavaria
  • Apr 8 South African State pass the Industrial Conciliation Act No 11: provides for job reservation, excluded blacks from membership of registered trade unions, prohibited registration of black trade unions
  • Apr 10 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • Apr 11 1st men's college swimming championships begin
  • Apr 11 Socialists win Danish parliamentary elections
  • Apr 11 WLS-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 12 WLS-AM in Chicago begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 13 Greek plebiscite for a republic
  • Apr 15 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain, Belgium, 1 dead
  • Apr 15 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 15 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
  • Apr 16 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Mattheus Passion
  • Apr 16 Child labor laws strengthened in Holland
  • Apr 17 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)
  • Apr 18 1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon & Schuster
  • Apr 19 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
  • Apr 19 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:29:40.2
  • Apr 22 Hague Chambers of Commerce forms
  • Apr 23 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
  • Apr 27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • Apr 28 119 die in coal mine disaster at Benwood, West Virginia

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Gunther Becker, composer
  • Apr 1 Brendan Byrne, Governor of New Jersey
  • Apr 1 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, born in Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 2003)
  • Apr 2 Denis Rooke, CEO (British Gas)
  • Apr 3 Canon A D Caesar, Sub Dean (HM Chapels Royal)

Person of interestMarlon Brando

Apr 3 Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather, A Street Cart Named Desire and On the Waterfront), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)

  • Apr 3 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director
  • Apr 4 Christopher Prater, screen printer

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 4 Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 5 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist/sculptor
  • Apr 7 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), born in Toyko (d. 2001)
  • Apr 7 Nick Perito, orchestra leader (Don Knotts Show, Big Show), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 7 Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer
  • Apr 8 Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • Apr 8 Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)
  • Apr 9 Harald Heilmann, composer
  • Apr 10 Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • Apr 10 Kenneth Noland, American painter
  • Apr 12 Julius Moormann, student/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • Apr 12 Sergiu Natra, composer
  • Apr 12 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2003)
  • Apr 13 Stanley Donen, SC, film director and producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees)
  • Apr 13 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 14 Shorty Rogers, [Milton M Rajonsky], composer
  • Apr 15 John Grigg, British historian
  • Apr 15 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), born in Lincoln (d. 2016)
  • Apr 16 Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Scottish Conservative politician (1959-2001), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2010)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

Apr 16 Henry Mancini, composer/conductor (Pink Panther), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • Apr 16 John Harvey-Jones, CEO (ICI)
  • Apr 17 Patrick Sergeant, founder (Euromoney Publications)
  • Apr 17 Althea T L Simmons, human rights activist/chief lobbyist (NAACP)
  • Apr 18 Buxton Daeblite Orr, composer
  • Apr 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
  • Apr 18 Henry J Hyde, (Rep-R-IL)
  • Apr 18 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, born in Royston, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 18 Raf de Linde, [Raphael van Hecke], author (Vaarwel on Gertrude)
  • Apr 20 Gerhard Samuel, composer
  • Apr 20 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • Apr 20 Paul M Van Buren, US theologist (Theological Explorations)
  • Apr 21 Daniel Melnick, American producer, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music)
  • Apr 23 Colin Welch, columnist/critic
  • Apr 23 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist
  • Apr 23 Malcolm Anson, CEO (Wessex Water Authority)
  • Apr 23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player
  • Apr 24 Marilyn Erskine, American actress (Tom Ewell Show, Westward the Women), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 24 Yehoshua Lakner, composer
  • Apr 24 Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician
  • Apr 24 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • Apr 25 Erzsebet Szonyi, composer
  • Apr 25 Franco Mannino, composer
  • Apr 26 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), born in Zion, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Kenneth David Kaunda, founder/president (Zambia, 1964-91)
  • Apr 28 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 29 Al Balding, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 30 Sheldon Harnick, lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Johannes E. B. Warming, Danish Botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82

Person of interestLouis Sullivan

Apr 14 Louis Sullivan, architect (father of skyscrapers), dies at 67

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
  • Apr 14 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Eduardo Caudella, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Jack Board, cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies
  • Apr 21 Eleanora Duse, Italian actress (La Gioconda, La Locandiera), dies at 64
  • Apr 24 George Street, English cricket wicket keeper (1 Test 1923), dies
  • Apr 24 G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • Apr 26 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82