On This Day

Historical Events in April 1898

  • Apr 8 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • Apr 10 First Navy Law is passed by the German Reichstag
  • Apr 12 US Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to Navy
  • Apr 18 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • Apr 20 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
  • Apr 21 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat
  • Apr 21 Spanish–American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain
  • Apr 22 1st Spanish–American War action sees the USS Nashville capture a Spanish ship
  • Apr 22 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • Apr 22 Cincinnati Red Theodore Breitenstein no-hits Pirates 11-0
  • Apr 22 Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry
  • Apr 22 US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors

Historic Event

Apr 24 US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines

  • Apr 24 Spanish–American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • Apr 25 Spanish–American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April
  • Apr 30 Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl