On This Day

What Happened in April 1935

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY

InventionHistoric Invention

Apr 2 Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt receives a British patents for RADAR

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • Apr 3 Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)
  • Apr 5 Croatian Farmers Party wins Yugoslavian election
  • Apr 6 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • Apr 8 2nd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Gene Sarazen wins Monday playoff with Craig Wood by 5 strokes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Béla Bartok's 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Apr 8 Works Progress Administration approved by Congress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Maroons beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for 3-0 series sweep; Maroons last defunct team to win the Cup

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Apr 10 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London
  • Apr 12 Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers
  • Apr 12 Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada's new Jubilee Silver Dollar
  • Apr 12 First flight of the Bristol Blenheim
  • Apr 14 Black Sunday: Severe dust storm ravages the US Midwest, led to the region being named "the Dust Bowl"
  • Apr 15 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:32:07.4
  • Apr 16 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 40-year-old future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth debuts in the NL with a HR and single in Boston Braves 4-2 win over the NY Giants, in Boston

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 17 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%, 44 chairs)
  • Apr 18 Gen Sarazen's double eagle on 15th, wins him his 2nd Masters
  • Apr 18 Netherlands election (Musserts NSB wins 8% of vote)
  • Apr 20 "Your Hit Parade" begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)
  • Apr 21 King Boris of Bulgaria forbids all political parties
  • Apr 23 Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted
  • Apr 26 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
  • Apr 27 Brussels World Exposition opens
  • Apr 27 Yanks pull a 1st inning triple-play & beat Philadelphia A's 9-8
  • Apr 28 Moscow underground railway opens (81 km long)
  • Apr 30 World Congress for Women's Rights concludes in Istanbul

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Hans H Boswinkel, actor and director (Surprise Attack, Tutorials in Love)
  • Apr 1 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 1 Larry McDonald, American politician (d. 1983)
  • Apr 1 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Rep Ireland; Manchester United 79 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1958)
  • Apr 2 Sharon Acker, Canadian actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Ivo Trumbić, Croatian water polo player (Olympic gold 1968 Yugoslavia) and coach (Olympic bronze Netherlands 1976), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2021)
  • Apr 3 Jeffery Bowman, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Apr 4 Easton McMorris, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman of 60's), born in St Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 4 François-Bernard Mâche, French composer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Apr 4 Lord Ichayra, secretary-general (British Banking Association)
  • Apr 4 Trevor Griffiths, English playwright (Absolute Beginners), born in Manchester
  • Apr 5 Donald Lynden-Bell, British theoretical astrophysicist, born in Dover, Kent (d. 2018)
  • Apr 5 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 6 James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland
  • Apr 6 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • Apr 7 Bobby Bare, American country singer ("500 Miles Away From Home"; "Come Sundown"; "Marie Laveau"), born in Ironton, Ohio
  • Apr 7 Hodding Carter III, American White House press secretary (Jimmy Carter)
  • Apr 7 Yvonne Fedderson, co-founder (Childhelp USA)
  • Apr 8 Albert G. Bustamante, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-93), born in Asherton, Texas
  • Apr 8 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, epidemiologist (Living legacy award-1984)
  • Apr 9 Aulis Sallinen, Finnish composer, born in Salmi, Russia
  • Apr 9 Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (My Mother the Car), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Apr 9 Reuben Wilson, American jazz organist ("Got to Get Your Own"), born in Mounds, Oklahoma
  • Apr 10 Jorge Mester, Mexican conductor (Louisville Orchestra, 1967-79), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Apr 10 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), born in England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 11 Father Abraham [Pierre Kartner], Dutch singer (Smurf Song), born in Elst, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Richard Berry, American doo-wop bass vocalist and songwriter ("Louie, Louie"), born in Extension, Louisiana (d. 1997)

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

Apr 11 Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hit-man, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Apr 12 Wendy Savage, British obstetrician and gynaecologist, born in Surrey, England
  • Apr 13 Kenneth Hayr, Air Marshal, born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • Apr 13 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Wonder Woman), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • Apr 14 Joan Darling, American actress (Frieda-Owen Marshall), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 14 Erich von Däniken, Swiss writer (Chariots of the Gods), born in Zofingen, Aargau
  • Apr 15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • Apr 16 Bobby Vinton, American pop singer, known as "The Polish Prince" ("Roses Are Red (My Love)"; "Blue Velvet"; "My Melody Of Love"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 16 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • Apr 16 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, born in Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony (d. 2013)
  • Apr 17 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (Eternity and a Day, The Travelling Players), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2012)
  • Apr 18 Joel Hefley, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado), born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • Apr 18 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)

Person of interestDudley Moore

Apr 19 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, born in London (d. 2002)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 20 Jon Arnett, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (USC; 5 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • Apr 21 Charles Grodin, American stage and screen actor (Heartbreak Kid; Midnight Run; Ishtar: Beethoven series), writer, and talk show host, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2021) [1]
  • Apr 21 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Apr 21 Thomas Kean, American politician
  • Apr 22 Christopher Ball, British linguist and Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1980-88)
  • Apr 22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Apr 22 W. S. "Fluke" Holland, American rockabilly drummer (Sun Records), born in Saltillo, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Apr 23 Vernice "Bunky" Green, American jazz saxophonist (Healing The Pain), and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 23 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1998)
  • Apr 24 Louis Keith, physician (expert on multiple-births), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 25 April Ashley, English model and one of the earliest British people known to have had sex reassignment surgery, born in Liverpool
  • Apr 25 James Peebles, Canadian American astrophysicist (Ostriker–Peebles criterion), 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Apr 26 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, born in San Jacinto County, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Apr 29 Lennie "Len" Weinrib, American comedian and actor (H.R. Pufnstuf, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Otto Zykan, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 10 Nazi politician Hermann Goering (42) weds Emmy Sonnemann (42) in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 PGA golfer Ben Hogan (22) weds Valerie Fox in Cleburne, Texas

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 12 Actress Mary Astor (28) divorces Dr. Franklyn Thorpe after 4 years of marriage

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 6 Edward Arlington Robinson, American poet, dies
  • Apr 8 Edwin Cannan, British economist and historian (A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 Amalie Emmy Noether, German mathematician (b. 1882)
  • Apr 18 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist & archaeologist, dies at 90
  • Apr 18 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer, dies at 50
  • Apr 20 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, English fashion designer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30