On This Day

Birthdays in History in April 1919

  • Apr 1 Joseph Murray, American surgeon, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Antoon Hubben, Dutch Mayor of Maasbree and trade union leader, born in Nieuwenhagen, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 3 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, born in Cape Town (d. 2011)
  • Apr 5 Douglas Henley, British auditor-general, born in Beckenham, Kent (d. 2003)
  • Apr 5 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • Apr 8 [Douglas] Ian Smith, premier of Rhodesia (1964-79), born in Selukwe, Rhodesia (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 J. Presper Eckert, Jr., American engineer and co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Apr 11 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • Apr 11 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), born in Bath, Somerset
  • Apr 12 Lady Ricketts, CEO (National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux)
  • Apr 12 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • Apr 13 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist who opposed prayer in school and was murdered in 1995, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Apr 13 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • Apr 15 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), born in Conoor near Poona, India (d. 1996)
  • Apr 15 Meriol Trevor, English novelist and biographer (Civil Prisoners), born in London (d. 2000)
  • Apr 16 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), born in Centralia, Washington (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Tom Willmore, English geometer, born in Gillingham, England (d. 2005)
  • Apr 17 Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1984-90), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Cuban communist politician and 14th President of Cuba (1959-76), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1983)
  • Apr 20 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1943)
  • Apr 21 Franc [Franklin E] Essed, Suriname agricultural eng, Oper Grasshopper)
  • Apr 22 Donald J. Cram, American biochemist (development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity - Nobel 1987), born in Chester, Vermont (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1963)
  • Apr 27 Walter Ritchie, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), born in Coventry, England (d. 1997)
  • Apr 30 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer (De Bungalow), born in Sleidinge, Belgium (d. 1982)

About April 1919

How Old? 102 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)