What Happened in April 1930

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • Apr 2 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Apr 3 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 2 games

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win

  • Apr 4 Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • Apr 4 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
  • Apr 4 The Communist Party of Panama is founded
  • Apr 5 England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • Apr 6 1st transcontinental glider tow completed
  • Apr 6 Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
  • Apr 10 George Headley scores 223 v England at Kingston
  • Apr 10 Thiokol synthetic rubber 1st produced in Yardley, New Jersey
  • Apr 12 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • Apr 12 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • Apr 14 Philip Barry's "Hotel Universe" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
  • Apr 17 DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolton invents neoprene using Julius Nieuwland's divinyl acetylene
  • Apr 18 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da
  • Apr 19 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:34:48.2
  • Apr 21 Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
  • Apr 21 Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Moskva Golid" premieres in Moscow
  • Apr 22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • Apr 22 British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong, Bengal province, British India, 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries killed
  • Apr 25 "All Quiet on the Western Front", based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in New York (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • Apr 28 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas
  • Apr 29 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • Apr 29 North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens
  • Apr 29 Telephone connection Britain-Australia goes into service

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Grace Lee Whitney, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Apr 1 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • Apr 2 Girolamo Arriego, composer
  • Apr 2 W Hambleden Smith, English newspaper magnate

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), born in Ludwigshafen, Weimar Republic (d. 2017)

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Apr 3 Lawton Chiles, (sen/gov-D-Florida, 1971-89/91- )
  • Apr 3 Max Frankel, journalist (Tables of Id of Organic Compounds)
  • Apr 3 Wally Moon, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 David Sexton, soccer manager
  • Apr 7 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel in Fawlty Towers), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Apr 8 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 John Bartholomew Tucker, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), born in Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 8 John Reardon, American baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • Apr 8 Mary Moore, principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
  • Apr 8 Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma
  • Apr 9 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian psychotherapist
  • Apr 10 Lord Morton, of Shauna, senator (College of Justice, Scotland)
  • Apr 10 Shuja-ud-Din, cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62)
  • Apr 10 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actor/comedian (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Spede Pasanen, Finnish comedian (d. 2001)
  • Apr 10 Dolores Huerta, American civil rights activist (co-founded United Farm Workers), born in Dawson, New Mexico
  • Apr 11 Carl Franklin, actor (Fantastic Journey), born in Richmond, California
  • Apr 11 Clive Exton, scriptwriter & playwright
  • Apr 11 James Alan Ferman, secretary (British Board of Film Classification)
  • Apr 11 Joseph Burnett-Stuart, CEO (Robert Fleming Holdings)
  • Apr 11 Kazuo Fukushima, composer
  • Apr 11 Nicholas F Brady, US Secretary of Treasury (1988-93)
  • Apr 11 W G [Bill] Hefner, (Rep-D-NC, 1975- )
  • Apr 11 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Betty Clooney, Maysville Ky, singer (Jack Paar Show)
  • Apr 12 Bryan Magee, British Philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • Apr 12 Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant
  • Apr 12 Lou A de Graaf, Dutch asst secretary of Social Affairs (VDA)
  • Apr 12 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford)
  • Apr 12 Manuel Neri, American artist
  • Apr 13 Jeremiah Harman, British Judge "the kicking Judge"
  • Apr 14 Bradford Dillman, actor (Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 14 George W Gekas, (Rep-R-PA, 1983- )
  • Apr 14 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Apr 15 Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)
  • Apr 15 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland
  • Apr 16 Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
  • Apr 16 Herbie Mann, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 16 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • Apr 17 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • Apr 17 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 18 Clive Revill, actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 19 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox ], American actor (Bewitched), born in Carmel, California (d. 1994)
  • Apr 20 Alan Oakman, cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956)
  • Apr 21 Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods)
  • Apr 21 Silvana Mangano, actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 23 Alan Oppenheimer, American actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
  • Apr 24 Conn Findlay, coxswain (Olympic -2 gold, bronze 1956, 64, 76), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 24 Jerome Callet, American musician
  • Apr 25 Dotty Mack, actress (Paul Dixon Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 25 Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 25 Roy Marshall, cricket opener (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI)
  • Apr 26 Derek Waring, actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
  • Apr 26 Justin Gosling, principal (St Edmund Hall Oxford)
  • Apr 26 Roger Moens, Belgian 800m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Apr 27 Roelof F "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs
  • Apr 28 Richard C Sarafian, American director/actor (Foley Square), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Apr 28 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Apr 28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 29 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • Apr 29 Jean Rochefort, French actor
  • Apr 30 Raoul de Keyser, [Dekeyser], Flemish painter

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • Apr 1 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • Apr 2 Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • Apr 3 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • Apr 14 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet, dies at 36
  • Apr 16 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 17 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • Apr 19 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • Apr 21 Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Mother), dies at 79
  • Apr 21 Robert S Bridges, poet laureate (Testament of beauty), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Robert Bridges, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Jeppe Aakjaer, Danish poet (b. 1866)