On This Day

April 1914 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 6 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
  • Apr 8 US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
  • Apr 9 "World, the Flesh & the Devil", 1st color film, shown in London
  • Apr 9 Tampico incident - US ship crew arrested in Mexico
  • Apr 9 US President W Wilson refuses to recognize Huerta as President of Mexico on the ground that he has not been elected by the people
  • Apr 11 Mexican President Huerta breaks off diplomatic relations with the US
  • Apr 13 1st Federal League Game: Balt Terrapins beat Buffalo 3-2
  • Apr 14 Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern
  • Apr 20 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
  • Apr 20 US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves
  • Apr 21 US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay for 6 months
  • Apr 24 A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 US President Woodrow Wilson is persuaded by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to accept mediation in the conflict with Mexico

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Apr 27 Honduras becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Apr 28 181 die in coal mine collapse at Eccles, West Virginia

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 4 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter, born in Châtelet, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Apr 4 John Beith, British diplomat, ambasador to Israel and Belgium (d. 2000)
  • Apr 4 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Sydney Thompson, rock climber
  • Apr 9 Richard Young, CEO (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Apr 12 Armen Alchian, American economist and professor (University of California), born in Fresno, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 17 George Davis, American art director (20th Century Fox), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • Apr 18 Henk [Hendrik Johannes] Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PSP), born in Amsterdam (d. 1976)
  • Apr 19 Andrew Wilkinson, British pediatrician and the first Professor of Paediatric Surgery in the UK, born in Taunton, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 22 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), born in Bristol, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 22 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 1988)
  • Apr 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • Apr 22 Michael Wittman, German soldier and tank ace, born in Vogelthal, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • Apr 23 Andrew Martin, British Army Officer (Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire from 1965 to 1989) (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
  • Apr 25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Apr 25 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), born in Michelena, Venezuela (d. 2001)
  • Apr 25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • Apr 26 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1986)
  • Apr 26 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1996)
  • Apr 26 James Rouse, American builder (founder of The Rouse Company), born in Easton, Maryland (d. 1996)
  • Apr 27 Albert Soboult, French historian, born in Ammi Moussa, French Algeria (d. 1982)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 20 Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear


Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)
  • Apr 9 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 55
  • Apr 14 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist, dies at 58
  • Apr 14 Hubert Bland, English co-founder of the Fabian Society (b. 1855)
  • Apr 16 George William Hill, American astronomer (moon orbit), considered to be the greatest master of celestial mechanics of his time, dies at 76
  • Apr 16 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), dies at 54
  • Apr 19 Charles Peirce, American scientist and philosopher known as "the father of pragmatism", dies at 74