Historical Events in April 1934

Murder of Interest

Apr 1 Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker's role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good

Contract of Interest

Apr 5 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract

  • Apr 6 418 Lutheran ministers arrested in Germany

Historic Event

Apr 7 In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspends his campaign of civil disobedience

  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 1-0 in double OT for a 3-1 series win; Black Hawks' first Stanley Cup
  • Apr 12 Second highest ever wind speed of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington
  • Apr 12 The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
  • Apr 13 4.7 million US families report receiving welfare payments
  • Apr 13 US Congress passes Johnson Debt Default Act
  • Apr 16 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
  • Apr 17 Fenway Park in Boston re-opens after a major renovation including a hand-operated electronic scoreboard, though it didn't help the Red Sox who lost to the Washington Senators 6-5
  • Apr 18 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)

Film & TV History

Apr 19 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st feature length film, "Stand Up & Cheer"

Historic Event

Apr 20 Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police

  • Apr 21 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game

Historic Event

Apr 22 US Division of Investigation (later the FBI) under Melvin Purvis botch an operation to capture the John Dillinger Gang at Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. with 2 dead and 4 injured

  • Apr 28 Soccer team Blue White '34 forms
  • Apr 28 Spanish government of Ricardo Samper forms
  • Apr 28 Tigers' Goose Goslin grounds into 4 straight double plays

Historic Event

Apr 28 US President FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act

  • Apr 29 Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
  • Apr 30 Austria gets "Austrian fascist" constitution