Historical Events in April 1931

  • Apr 1 Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000
  • Apr 1 Jackie Mitchell becomes the second female (after Lizzie Arlington 1898) in organised baseball when she signs with the Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Club

Baseball Record

Apr 2 17-year old girl Jackie Mitchell strikes out New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball game at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Film Release

Apr 6 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

  • Apr 6 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio
  • Apr 6 1st Scottsboro (Alabama) trial begins - 9 blacks accused of rape

Historic Publication

Apr 6 Linus Pauling's seminal chemistry work "The Nature of the Chemical Bond" is published establishing valence bond theory

  • Apr 7 Seals Stadium opens in San Francisco
  • Apr 8 "White Horse Inn" opens in London

Music History

Apr 8 Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Arrow" premieres

Sports History

Apr 9 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Montreal Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period

  • Apr 12 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • Apr 12 Spanish voters reject the monarchy

Historic Event

Apr 14 Spain becomes a republic with the overthrow of King Alfonso XIII

  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0 for a 3-2 series win; Canadiens' back-to-back Championships
  • Apr 15 1st backwards walk across American begins
  • Apr 20 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan in 2:46:45.8
  • Apr 20 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
  • Apr 22 Egypt & Iraq sign peace treaty

Film Premiere

Apr 23 US gangster film "The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres

  • Apr 26 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season
  • Apr 27 100°F (38°C), Pahala, Hawaii (state record)
  • Apr 28 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field
  • Apr 29 Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0