On This Day

April 1907 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 12 Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer resigns
  • Apr 12 In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
  • Apr 17 Ellis Island, New York records 11,745 immigrants
  • Apr 18 Augustus Thomas' "Witching Hour" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
  • Apr 30 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes an independent city.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Isaac Deutscher, Polish-English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography), born in Chrzanów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • Apr 4 Nathan M. Pusey, American educator, 24th president of Harvard University (1953-71), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, born in Gronigen, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Apr 8 Maurice Stacey, chemist
  • Apr 11 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, born in Llanymynech, Powys (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2003)
  • Apr 13 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)

Person of interestFrançois Duvalier

Apr 14 François Duvalier "Papa Doc", Dictator and President of Haiti (1957-71), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 1971)

Dictator and President of Haiti François Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
François Duvalier
  • Apr 14 Otto Frans Antoine Hubert van Nispen, Dutch mayor (Pannerden), born in Pannerden, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 15 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Apr 16 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, born in Steyr, Austria (d. 1947)
  • Apr 16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • Apr 18 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • Apr 22 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), born in Vyritsa, Saint Petersburg Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • Apr 23 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1977)
  • Apr 26 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (The Girl with the Red Hair), born in Veenwouden, Friesland, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Apr 29 Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), born in Rzeszów, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 8 Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Alfred Packer, American Cannibal (b. 1842)