On This Day

What Happened in April 1928

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 7 44-year old NY Rangers GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game and beats Montreal Maroons, 2-1 in OT; Rangers go on to win series, 3-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 9 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • Apr 9 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • Apr 9 Turkey passes separation of church & state
  • Apr 13 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl)
  • Apr 14 Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: In only their 2nd season in the NHL, New York Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 2-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • Apr 15 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) forms

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 16 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:37:07.8; back-to-back wins for his 6th race title

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19 Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • Apr 19 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • Apr 24 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • Apr 25 Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • Apr 30 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • Apr 1 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • Apr 2 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 2 Rita Gam, American actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Don Gibson, American country musician and songwriter ("Sweet Dreams"; "I Can't Stop Loving You"), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Apr 3 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

Apr 3 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Apr 4 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

Apr 4 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 4 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Apr 4 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon; A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov; Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 5 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • Apr 5 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Apr 6 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)

Person of interestJames Watson

Apr 6 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 6 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)
  • Apr 7 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)
  • Apr 7 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Apr 7 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)
  • Apr 8 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 8 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch CEO (NVSH - Dutch Association for Sexual Reform), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8 Leah Rabin (nee Schloßberg), wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, born in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia) (d. 2000)
  • Apr 8 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Apr 9 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • Apr 9 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 9 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Apr 9 Tom Lehrer, American musician ("The Elements"), satirist (That Was The Week That Was), and mathematician, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2002)

Person of interestEthel Kennedy

Apr 11 Ethel Kennedy (née Skakel), American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy
  • Apr 12 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgian stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • Apr 12 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford), born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Apr 12 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1967)
  • Apr 12 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 13 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), born in Paddington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 14 Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 15 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), born in England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Night Train Lane [Richard Lane], American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Apr 16 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008) [1]
  • Apr 17 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Howard S. Becker, American sociologist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 18 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (d. 1988)
  • Apr 19 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc - "Bootleg Him"), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • Apr 19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), born in Edmonton, Middlesex (d. 2015)
  • Apr 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • Apr 20 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 23 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)

Person of interestShirley Temple

Apr 23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Apr 24 Gustav Krivinka, Czech composer, born in Doubravice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic (d. 1990)
  • Apr 24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Apr 24 Tommy Docherty, Scottish soccer midfielder (25 caps; Preston North End) and manager (Chelsea, QPR, Scotland, Manchester United), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 28 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • Apr 28 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 29 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters - "Yakety Yak"), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Apr 29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 30 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), born in Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Apr 30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • Apr 5 Jane Ellen Harrison, British anthropologist and linguist, dies at 77
  • Apr 5 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • Apr 7 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • Apr 13 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, dies at 36
  • Apr 16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 24 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Pyotr Nikolayevich, Baron Wrangel, Russian baron general (White Armies, WW II), dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61