On This Day

April 1884 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 London prison for debtors closed
  • Apr 10 US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Apr 20 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • Apr 21 Potters Field reopened as Madison Park
  • Apr 22 Thomas Stevens starts 1st bike trip around world (2 yrs 9 mths)
  • Apr 22 US recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
  • Apr 24 National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes in Atlanta

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Sir J. C. Squire, British poet, writer, and historian, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 1958)

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

Apr 4 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Apr 7 Charles Dodd, English new testament authority
  • Apr 7 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch politician/resistance fighter
  • Apr 12 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1951)
  • Apr 17 Leo Frank, American convict (murder of a 13-year-old employee), born in Cuero, Texas (d. 1915)
  • Apr 20 Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, born in Eastwell Park, Kent, England (d. 1966)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Carel JCH van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch Cath politician, dies at 59
  • Apr 6 Emanuel Geibel, writer, dies at 68
  • Apr 7 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), dies at 69