On This Day

Historical Events in April 1930

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • Apr 1 Chicago Cubs catcher Leo Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California

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Apr 1 American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Apr 2 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda

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Apr 2 Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

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Apr 3 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4-3 for a 2-0 series sweep and their 3rd Championship

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 3 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win. First time Academy Awards are broadcast on the radio.

  • Apr 4 Andy Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • Apr 4 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
  • Apr 4 The Communist Party of Panama is founded
  • Apr 5 England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • Apr 6 1st transcontinental glider tow completed
  • Apr 6 Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
  • Apr 10 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley scores patient 223 in drawn 4th Test against England at Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 10 Thiokol synthetic rubber 1st produced in Yardley, New Jersey
  • Apr 12 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days

  • Apr 12 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • Apr 14 Philip Barry's "Hotel Universe" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
  • Apr 17 DuPont scientist Elmer K. Bolton invents neoprene using Julius Nieuwland's divinyl acetylene
  • Apr 18 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da
  • Apr 18 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 21 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:34:48.2; his 7th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 21 Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
  • Apr 21 Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Moskva Golid" premieres in Moscow
  • Apr 21 "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • Apr 22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • Apr 22 British troops battle pro-independence revolutionaries in the Jalalabad hills near Chittagong, Bengal province, British India, 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries killed
  • Apr 28 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas
  • Apr 29 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • Apr 29 North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens
  • Apr 29 Telephone connection Britain-Australia goes into service