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Historical Events in April 1912

  • Apr 2 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China

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Apr 2 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power

Captain of the Titanic Edward Smith
Captain of the Titanic
Edward Smith
  • Apr 4 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields in Siberia
  • Apr 4 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
  • Apr 8 Steamers collide on the Nile, drowning 200
  • Apr 9 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)
  • Apr 10 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage
  • Apr 11 RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for NY
  • Apr 11 Cornerstone of Technion laid in Haifa, Palestine
  • Apr 11 The UK Parliament introduce a Irish home rule bill, granting Ireland its own bicameral parliament and be required to send a representative to the British House of Commons; Protestants in Ulster resist
  • Apr 13 Royal Flying Corps forms (later Royal Air Force)

Sinking ShipThe Titanic Sinks

Apr 14 RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland

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The wreck of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the ocean, photographed in 2004
The wreck of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the ocean, photographed in 2004
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Iceberg Sinks 'Unsinkable' TitanicIceberg Sinks 'Unsinkable' Titanic

Apr 15 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people

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How one American newspaper reported the Titanic disaster
How one American newspaper reported the Titanic disaster
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  • Apr 15 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2

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Apr 16 Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to fly across English Channel

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • Apr 16 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
  • Apr 17 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
  • Apr 18 Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City
  • Apr 18 Tripolitan War: in continuing hostilities, Turkey closes the Dardanelles Straits after an Italian naval bombardment of the coastline
  • Apr 20 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
  • Apr 20 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5
  • Apr 26 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
  • Apr 27 Relief laws in Netherlands replace those of 1854
  • Apr 29 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)

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Apr 29 Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind