What Happened in April 1926

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • Apr 2 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • Apr 3 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Second flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Apr 3 Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
  • Apr 4 Greek dictator Theodoros Pangalos elected president
  • Apr 6 Stanley Cup: Montl Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 3 games to 1
  • Apr 7 Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo California)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Mussolini is shot at 3 times by Violet Gibson in Rome, she only hits him once in the nose

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 11 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
  • Apr 12 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 At 38, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • Apr 16 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" & "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Apr 18 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Apr 19 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
  • Apr 20 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
  • Apr 22 Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Apr 25 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
  • Apr 26 Germany & Russia sign neutrality peace treaty
  • Apr 26 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
  • Apr 27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • Apr 29 France and US reach accord on repayment of WW I

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestAnne McCaffrey

Apr 1 Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Apr 1 Lyndon Brook, British actor (Invasion, Reach for the Sky), born in York, England (d. 2004)
  • Apr 1 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • Apr 2 Michael Rizzello, sculpter and coin designer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer, team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 Virgil Grissom, U.S. Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1967)
  • Apr 3 Alex Grammas, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 5 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 6 Ian Paisley, North Ireland, clergyman/MP
  • Apr 6 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • Apr 7 Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)
  • Apr 8 Henry N. Cobb, American architect
  • Apr 8 Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
  • Apr 9 Graham Hills, principal (Strathclyde University, England)
  • Apr 9 Harris Wofford, (Sen-R-Pennsylvania)

Person of interestHugh Hefner

Apr 9 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Apr 9 Lord Fitt, MP (Belfast Ireland)
  • Apr 9 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Apr 10 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Apr 10 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association), born in Scott, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Apr 11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • Apr 11 Robert Hall Lewis, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1996)
  • Apr 11 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • Apr 12 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 13 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner
  • Apr 14 Jan Carl Christian Maegaard, composer
  • Apr 14 Gloria Jean, American actress and singer (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 14 Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director and teacher (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), born in Chandler, Arizona (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Barbara Tizzard, British educator
  • Apr 17 Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
  • Apr 17 G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
  • Apr 17 Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
  • Apr 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • Apr 18 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • Apr 18 Günter Meisner, German actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Between Wars, Adolf Hitler, Quiller Memorandum), born in Bremen, Weimar Republic (d. 1994)
  • Apr 20 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2015)

Person of interestElizabeth II

Apr 21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Apr 21 Arthur Rowley, English Footballer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 22 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 22 James Stirling, Scottish D-day-parachutist/architect/knight
  • Apr 23 J. P. Donleavy, American novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 24 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Witt, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Apr 24 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, born in Hogsjo (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Paul Walter Fürst, Austrian musician and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2008)
  • Apr 26 David Coleman, sports commentator
  • Apr 26 Michael Joughin, CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
  • Apr 26 Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
  • Apr 26 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • Apr 26 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (d. 2003)
  • Apr 28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)

Person of interestHarper Lee

Apr 28 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • Apr 29 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • Apr 30 Cloris Leachman, American actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Apr 30 Edmund Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool's Day)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Giovanni Amendola, antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43
  • Apr 9 Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer famous for his tapered head, dies at about 83

Person of interestLuther Burbank

Apr 11 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, dies of gastrointestinal complications at 77

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • Apr 15 Frank Iredale, cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies
  • Apr 19 Sir Squire Bancroft [Butterfield], British actor and manager known for creating 'drawing-room comedy' (Haymarket), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • Apr 23 Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
  • Apr 25 Ellen K S Key, Swedish author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76