April 1910 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Dumitru Dan (Romania) completes a 62,137 mile (100,000 m) walk
  • Apr 3 Highest mountain in North America, Alaska's Mt McKinley claimed to have been 1st climbed by 4 local men
  • Apr 8 1st race at the Playa Del Ray Motordrome near Los Angeles begins (1st US auto speedway)

Second Labor Government

Apr 13 Australian General Election: the Commonwealth Liberal Party is defeated by the Australian Labor Party, headed by Andrew Fisher, who is able to form a majority government

  • Apr 14 Pan American Union forms
  • Apr 19 Halley's comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)
  • Apr 20 Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
  • Apr 23 International Exhibition opens in Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 24 German Catholic youth movement Quickborn forms
  • Apr 27 Belgian parliament rejects socialist motion for general voting rights

South African Party Established

Apr 27 Louis Botha and J. B. M. Hertzog establish the moderately nationalist South African Party promising equality of Britons and Boers

Event of Interest

Apr 28 First night air flight by Claude Grahame-White in England

Event of Interest

Apr 29 Ex-US President Theodore Roosevelt visits Amsterdam

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • Apr 2 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, born in Cabano, Quebec (d. 1980)
  • Apr 6 Desmond Dreyer, British admiral (battle of the River Plate), born in Cheriton, England (d. 2003) [1]
  • Apr 9 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1998)
  • Apr 10 David Gilroy Bevan, British politician (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 11 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), born in Estremoz, Portugal (d. 1996)
  • Apr 11 Henry William Collins, English artist, born in Colchester, Essex (d. 1994)
  • Apr 12 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Apr 15 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 Jamie Whitten, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), born in Cascilla, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Apr 19 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), born in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • Apr 20 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Apr 22 Eric Scowen, English physician and Professor of Medicine (University of London, 1961-75), born in West Ham, London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 22 Norman Steenrod, American mathematician (algebraic topology), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Apr 26 Johan Hermanus Doorn, Dutch journalist and resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper), born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • Apr 28 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1996)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver, dies at 94
  • Apr 2 Boyd Alexander, English explorer and ornithologist (Niger to the Nile), murdered in a dispute with locals in Africa at 37
  • Apr 2 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist (founded institutions, including a bank, to help the poor), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), dies at 69
  • Apr 13 William Orchardson, British painter, dies at 78
  • Apr 14 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • Apr 17 Ignacio Mariscal, Mexican lawyer and diplomat (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Samuel Gibbs French, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 91

Mark TwainMark Twain (1835-1910)

Apr 21 American author (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), dies at 74

  • Apr 26 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77