What Happened in April 1946

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • Apr 1 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
  • Apr 1 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • Apr 3 Netherlands-German postal relations resume
  • Apr 5 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • Apr 5 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • Apr 7 10th Masters Golf Tournament: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
  • Apr 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • Apr 7 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • Apr 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 10 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France
  • Apr 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Apr 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Apr 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • Apr 16 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • Apr 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • Apr 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 18 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 18 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • Apr 18 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
  • Apr 19 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • Apr 20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • Apr 20 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • Apr 21 Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • Apr 22 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Apr 24 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • Apr 25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • Apr 25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • Apr 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • Apr 30 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's 2nd career MLB no-hitter; beats New York Yankees, 1-0

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • Apr 1 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 1 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian football coach
  • Apr 2 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Apr 2 Lynda Carr, educationist
  • Apr 2 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 3 Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico (1988-94), born in Mexico City
  • Apr 3 Dee Murray [David M Oates], British rocker (Elton John's Band), born in Gillingham, Kent (d. 1992)
  • Apr 4 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • Apr 4 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist, founder and director of Satojuku Karate, born in Sakhalin, Japan
  • Apr 5 Jane Asher, English actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney, born in Willesden, London
  • Apr 5 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 5 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • Apr 5 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
  • Apr 6 Daniel Kortchmar, American musician, producer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 Barbara Benary, composer
  • Apr 7 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • Apr 7 Robert Metcalfe, American electrical engineer (invented Ethernet, 3Com), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 8 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • Apr 8 Stuart Pankin, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 8 Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • Apr 9 Alan Knott, great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81)
  • Apr 9 Les Gray, vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In)
  • Apr 9 Philip Wright, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • Apr 10 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Anne Boyd, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • Apr 12 Ed O'Neill, American comedian and actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Apr 12 Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor, director and playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • Apr 12 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • Apr 13 Al Green, American soul singer (Let's Stay Together), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • Apr 13 Roy Loney, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • Apr 14 Patrick Fairley, guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • Apr 14 Tom Monteleone, American writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • Apr 15 Wayne Gilchrest, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • Apr 16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • Apr 17 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • Apr 17 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • Apr 17 J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
  • Apr 18 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • Apr 18 Harvey Kagan, American muscian (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • Apr 18 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Apr 19 Leon Wessels, South African lawyer/underminister of Law & Order
  • Apr 19 Tim Curry, English actor (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), born in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England
  • Apr 19 Viktor Viktorovich Zabolotsky, Russian cosmonaut (BST-02)
  • Apr 19 Mary Jo Slater, American casting director
  • Apr 20 Julien Poulin, French-Canadian actor (Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings), born in Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Apr 20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • Apr 21 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • Apr 21 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Archy Kirkwood, MP (L-D)
  • Apr 22 Dectuplets, Bacacay Brazil, 8 males & 2 females
  • Apr 22 John Waters, director (Hairspray)
  • Apr 22 Louise Harel, Quebec politician
  • Apr 22 Nicole Garcia, French actress and director
  • Apr 24 Bruce Stuart Saylor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers, French singer and actor, born in Nice, France
  • Apr 25 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • Apr 25 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Apr 25 Talia Shire [Coppola], American actress (Adrienne-Rocky), born in Lake Success, New York
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian nationalist and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 27 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • Apr 28 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 28 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • Apr 29 Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • Apr 30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Apr 30 Karl XVI Gustav F H, King of Sweden (1973- )
  • Apr 30 Bill Plympton, American animator

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 26 Father Divine, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 64
  • Apr 3 Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • Apr 5 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), dies at 47
  • Apr 12 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • Apr 12 F Guicciardi, writer, dies
  • Apr 13 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • Apr 17 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • Apr 21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies

Person of interestJohn Maynard Keynes

Apr 21 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62

  • Apr 22 Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice Supreme Court (1941-46), dies at 73
  • Apr 22 Lionel Atwill, British actor (Captain Blood, To Be or Not to Be), dies at 61
  • Apr 23 Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • Apr 25 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • Apr 26 Hermann Keyserling, count/philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • Apr 28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (b. 1870)