Historical Events in April 1896

  • Apr 4 Announcement of gold discovery in Yukon
  • Apr 6 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens, Greece. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [3/25 OS]
  • Apr 10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • Apr 12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)

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Apr 13 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston

  • Apr 15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 19 Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published
  • Apr 20 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 23 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC)
  • Apr 25 Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire at Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Apr 25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London