Historical Events in April 1902

  • Apr 2 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 2 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg
  • Apr 2 Dutch football club Maatschappelijke Voetbal Vereniging (MVV) is established in Maastricht, Netherlands

Historic Event

Apr 4 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million

  • Apr 5 In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517

Music History

Apr 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte (Pavane for A Dead Princess)" premieres in Paris, performed by Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes

  • Apr 7 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
  • Apr 8 Demonstration organised by socialists in Belgium as people demand better education, living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage result in a riot and some deaths
  • Apr 8 Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months
  • Apr 11 Second Boer War: British forces defeat Boer commandos in Battle of Rooiwal, South Africa

Historic Event

Apr 14 J. C. Penney opens his first store, The Golden Rule Store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Catholic Encyclical

Apr 15 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"

  • Apr 15 Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food.
  • Apr 15 Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries

Historic Event

Apr 20 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive compound radium chloride

  • Apr 21 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor in 2:43:12
  • Apr 25 Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game
  • Apr 28 Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1 Year Zero occurs at 10:40 AM on this date
  • Apr 29 Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines

Music Premiere

Apr 30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris