On This Day

What Happened in April 1929

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Austrian government of Ignaz Seipel falls
  • Apr 1 Doorne's trailer factory in Einsdhoven Netherlands opens
  • Apr 1 Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo
  • Apr 1 Luis Buñuel releases "Un Chien Andalou" 24-minute film
  • Apr 1 Morehouse College, Spellman College & Atlanta University affiliate
  • Apr 3 Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
  • Apr 3 RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.
  • Apr 4 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • Apr 4 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held
  • Apr 5 Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • Apr 11 KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 11 Loetafoon celluloid film system demonstrated in Amsterdam
  • Apr 15 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
  • Apr 16 Cleveland Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a HR on 1st at bat
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
  • Apr 18 Palace for People's industry in Amsterdam devastated by fire
  • Apr 24 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off
  • Apr 24 Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark
  • Apr 26 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
  • Apr 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Moortown GC: Great Britain beats US, 7-5 in bitterly cold and snowy conditions
  • Apr 30 Ernst Streeruwitz becomes Chancellor of Austria, lasts less than 5 months

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 1 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 1 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator
  • Apr 1 Bo Schembechler Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Miami U), coach (Miami U 1963-68, University of Michigan 1969-89; career record 234–65–8), and administrator (Michigan), born in Barberton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Apr 2 Catherine Gaskin, Irish-Australian romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife), born in Dundalk Bay, County Louth, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 2 Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Dennis Farr, Museum director (Courtauld Institute Galleries) and art historian, born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 2006)
  • Apr 3 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 William F. Clinger Jr., American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Warren, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • Apr 5 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • Apr 6 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Apr 6 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • Apr 6 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • Apr 6 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • Apr 6 Willis Hall, British writer

Person of interestJoe Gallo

Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Bob Denard, French mercenary (d. 2007)
  • Apr 8 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 Renzo de Felice, historian
  • Apr 8 WIlliam K Everson, film historian
  • Apr 8 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • Apr 9 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 10 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, born in Sombor (d. 2010)

Person of interestMax Von Sydow

Apr 10 Max Von Sydow, Swedish actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Game of Thrones), born in Lund, Sweden (2020)

  • Apr 10 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • Apr 10 Duje Bonačić, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Apr 11 Lawrence Coughlin, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tenko), born in Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 13 Marilynn Smith, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • Apr 14 William Edgar Thornton, Faison NC, MD/astronaut (STS-8, 51-B, sk:49)
  • Apr 14 Gerry Anderson, English television producer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 14 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor and violinist (works of Sibelius), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2020)
  • Apr 16 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1969)
  • Apr 17 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • Apr 18 Peter Hordern, British Conservative Party politician
  • Apr 18 Peter Jeffrey, British character actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity), born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, (d. 1999)
  • Apr 19 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 20 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), born in Ludlow, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • Apr 22 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), born in Bexley (d. 2017)
  • Apr 22 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 22 Robert Wade-Gery, British diplomat (High Commissioner to India 1982–87), born in Oxford (d. 2015)
  • Apr 23 George Steiner, French-American literary critic and educator, born in Paris (d. 2020)
  • Apr 24 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1977)
  • Apr 24 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, born in Gajanur, Madras, India (d. 2006)
  • Apr 24 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2018)
  • Apr 25 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), born in Orense, Spain (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Apr 26 Richard Mitchell, American professor and author (The Underground Grammarian), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Apr 27 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • Apr 29 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 29 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • Apr 29 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), born in Rostock (d. 2007)
  • Apr 29 [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
  • Apr 29 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Apr 29 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), born in New York City (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Famous Deaths


Person of interestKarl Benz

Apr 4 Karl Benz, German inventor, engine designer and automobile manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz), dies of bronchial inflammation at 84

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • Apr 10 Edmond Thieffry, Belgian WW I pilot, dies at 36
  • Apr 15 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 16 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, Dutch art collector, dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Ödön Mihalovich, Hungarian composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 22 Henry Lerolle, French painter, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies at 28