On This Day

What Happened in April 1936

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Orissa constituted a province of British India

Historic Event

Apr 1 Charles "Lucky" Luciano" is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York

  • Apr 5 Tupelo, Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
  • Apr 6 3rd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins his second Masters, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Harry Cooper, with defending champion Gene Sarazen 3rd
  • Apr 6 ANP begins telex service in Amsterdam
  • Apr 6 Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia
  • Apr 10 200" mirror blank arrives in Pasadena
  • Apr 11 Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes" premieres in NYC

Sports History

Apr 11 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for a 3-1 series win; Red Wings first SC Championship

  • Apr 11 First Butlins holiday camp opens in the UK at Ingoldmells, near Skegness
  • Apr 13 Ioannis Metaxas proclaims himself dictator of Greece

Murder of Interest

Apr 14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

  • Apr 18 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • Apr 19 First day of the Great Uprising in Palestine, anti-Jewish riots break out
  • Apr 20 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:33:40.8
  • Apr 20 Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah Palestine

Music History

Apr 26 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony

  • Apr 29 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, Swiss politician, president of the Confederation in 1989 and 1996 (d. 1998)
  • Apr 1 Ron Perranoski, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; LA Dodgers; AL saves leader 1969, 70) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Apr 2 Shaul Ladany, Israeli race walker (world record 50-mile walk 7:23:50 1972; World C'ships gold 100km walk 9:31:00 1972), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 3 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • Apr 3 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Apr 3 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), born in West Hartlepool, County Durham (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • Apr 5 John Albert, professor (Master of University College Oxford)
  • Apr 5 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 5 Michael Livesay, British admiral, Royal Navy officer, born in Middlesbrough, North Riding, Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • Apr 5 John Kelly, Irish republican politician, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • Apr 6 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Apr 7 Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist
  • Apr 8 Klaus Lowitsch, German actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 9 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, born in Ventnor City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • Apr 9 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • Apr 9 Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea), born in Rabaul, Territory of New Guinea

John Madden

Apr 10 John Madden, American Pro Football HOF coach (Oakland Raiders 1969-78; Super Bowl 1976) and sportscaster (16 x Emmy Award winner; CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC; Madden NFL video games), born in Austin, Minnesota (d. 2021) [1]

  • Apr 10 Michael Naylor, English insurance broker (Endsleigh Insurance), born in Croydon (d. 1995)
  • Apr 10 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners - "Working My Way Back To You"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Apr 11 Janet Allen, Headmistress (Benenden School)
  • Apr 12 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), born in Mt. Union, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • Apr 12 Kennedy Simmonds, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts & Nevis (1983-95), born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Apr 13 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • Apr 14 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 14 Kenneth Mars, American actor (The Producers), born in Chicago Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Apr 14 Frank Serpico, American policeman who blew whistle on NYPD corruption, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • Apr 15 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), born in Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Raymond Poulidor, French professional cyclist, born in Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
  • Apr 15 Pen Sovann, 1st post-Khmer Rouge Cambodian Prime Minister (1981), born in Takéo (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Pete Graves, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 18 Harold Innocent, English actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Csaba Szabo, Hungarian composer, born in Ákosfalva, Transylvania (d. 2003)
  • Apr 19 Ruby Johnson, American soul singer ("I'll Run Your Hurt Away"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • Apr 19 Wilfried Martens, 44th Prime Minister of Belgium (1979-81, 1981-92), Sleidinge, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • Apr 19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • Apr 20 Pat Roberts, US Senator (Rep-R-KS, 1981-1997), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Apr 20 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (1981-85), born in Miðvágur, Vágar, Faroe Islands (d. 2012)
  • Apr 21 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, American electronic composer (First Things First), born in Plainville, Connecticut

Bob Cleary

Apr 21 Bob Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • Apr 21 James Dobson, American evangelist

Glen Campbell

Apr 22 Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix"; "Wichita Lineman"; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

  • Apr 22 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • Apr 22 Takeshi Koba, Japanese Baseball HOF infielder (Hiroshima Carp) and manager (Japan Series Champion 1979, 80, 84 Hiroshima Carp), born in Kumamoto, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Apr 23 Elias [Etienne Michiels], Flemish painter, born in Ostend, Belgium
  • Apr 23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • Apr 23 Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter, born in Diksmuide, Belgium (d. 2014)
  • Apr 23 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • Apr 24 Jill Ireland, English actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • Apr 24 (Thomas) "Tucker" Smith, American stage and screen dancer, singer and actor (West Side Story - "Ice"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • Apr 25 Leonel Sánchez, Chilean soccer striker (85 caps; Club Universidad de Chile 413 games, 167 goals), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2022)
  • Apr 26 Edward Cazalet, judge of the High Court of England and Wales, born in Marylebone, London
  • Apr 26 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 26 Pat Quinn, Scottish soccer forward (4 caps; Motherwell, Hibernian) and manager (East Fife, FH), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 27 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, born in Atherton, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Apr 27 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), born in Farnham, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • Apr 28 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, born in Tel Keppe, Iraq (d. 2015)
  • Apr 29 April Stevens [Caroline LoTempio], American vocalist ("Deep Purple" - the song, not the band), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Apr 29 Jacob Rothschild, English banker and multi-millionaire, born in Berkshire, England
  • Apr 29 Lane Smith, American actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 29 Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor (Israel Philharmonic, 1977-2019; NY Philharmonic, 1978-91), born in 84) Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Apr 29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • Apr 30 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 30 Bernie Clifton [Quinn], British comedian (Oswald the Ostrich), born in St Helens, Lancashire, England

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 2 Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (Father of The Tank), dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, executed at 36
  • Apr 8 Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)
  • Apr 9 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Mitya Stillman, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 44
  • Apr 13 Konstantinos Demertzis, Greek premier, dies at 60
  • Apr 13 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader, dies at 32
  • Apr 17 Charles Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (The Pines of Rome; Belkis), dies at 56
  • Apr 18 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 23 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), dies at 46
  • Apr 24 Alphons Diepenbrock, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 24 Bernard van Dieren, Dutch composer, and music critic, dies at 51
  • Apr 24 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • Apr 27 Frederik August Stoett, Dutch linguist (Dutch Proverbs), dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Karl Pearson, British statistician (leading founder of the modern field of statistics), dies at 79
  • Apr 28 Fuʾād I [Aḥmad Fuʾād Pasha], King of Egypt (1922-36), dies at 68
  • Apr 29 Florentinus M. Wibaut, Amsterdam social alderman, dies at 76
  • Apr 30 A. E. Housman, English poet (A Shropshire Lad), dies at 77