On This Day

April 1899 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 NC Mutual opens doors for business
  • Apr 4 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • Apr 11 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • Apr 18 John McGraw, at 36, has his managerial debut as Oriole manager

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Apr 20 David Beatty is appointed executive officer of the HMS Barfleur, a small battleship and flagship of the China Station

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • Apr 5 William Hornby Steer, Conservative Party politician and barrister (d. 1993)
  • Apr 9 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

Apr 11 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • Apr 13 Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and game inventor (Scrabble), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1993)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Schütz, Austrian-American architect and philosopher, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • Apr 16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, born in Bergaliszki (d. 1988)
  • Apr 17 Vincent Wigglesworth, British entomologist (Metamorphosis hormones), born in Kirkham, Lancashire, England (d. 1994)

Person of interestVladimir Nabokov

Apr 22 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1977)

  • Apr 23 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and fouder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, born in Tatsuoka, Nagano (d. 1982)
  • Apr 24 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), born in Kobrin, Russian Empire (d. 1986)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 John Wesley Turner, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 65
  • Apr 16 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, dies at 23
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolf, German artist (b. 1820)
  • Apr 21 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Dandridge McRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69