On This Day

Historical Events in April 1904

  • Apr 5 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • Apr 8 Great Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific
  • Apr 8 British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law
  • Apr 8 Entente Cordiale between Britain and France
  • Apr 13 Battle of Oviumbo (in modern Namibia): Herero tribesmen rise up against German colonists

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Apr 13 US Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
  • Apr 13 A squadron of the Russian fleet is decoyed out of Port Arthur by Japanese maneuvers, when they realize they are sailing into a trap; their battleship Petropavlovsk hits a mine and sinks, with a loss of 700 men
  • Apr 18 L'Humanité, under Jean Jaurès begins publishing
  • Apr 18 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4
  • Apr 19 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
  • Apr 20 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis

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Apr 21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Apr 23 American Academy of Arts & Letters forms

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Apr 24 President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church

King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III
King of Italy
Victor Emmanuel III
  • Apr 25 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
  • Apr 26 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • Apr 26 General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War

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Apr 27 The Australian Labor Party under Prime Minister Chris Watson becomes the first Labor government in the world

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Australia's first Labor ministry, the first in the world
Australia's first Labor ministry, the first in the world
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  • Apr 30 Ice cream cone makes its debut at St. Louis World's Fair invented by Ernest A. Hamwi (independently of other claimant Italo Marchiony in NY)