On This Day

Historical Events in April 1894

  • Apr 5 11 strikers killed in riot at Connellsville, Penn

Music Premiere

Apr 9 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz

  • Apr 12 British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central Africa

Film & TV History

Apr 14 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)

Music Premiere

Apr 19 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 20 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase

Theater Premiere

Apr 21 George Bernard Shaw's play "Arms and the Man" premieres in London becoming his first public success

  • Apr 22 The very first Venice Biennale opens in Venice, Italy, as a biennial exhibition of Italian art [1]

World Record

Apr 24 French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in a world record time of 2:39:18

  • Apr 24 Phillies Lave Cross hits for cycle vs Bkln Dodgers
  • Apr 29 The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to protest against unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol