On This Day

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

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • Apr 7 Seals Stadium opens in San Francisco
  • Apr 8 "White Horse Inn" opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Apr 12 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • Apr 12 Spanish voters reject the monarchy
  • Apr 14 Spain becomes republic with 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
  • 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 Indian Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0