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April 1922 in History

Events in History

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Apr 3 Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by an ailing Vladimir Lenin

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Apr 4 WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
  • Apr 5 KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 5 WDZ-AM in Decatur IL begins radio transmissions

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Apr 7 Warren G. Harding's Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals

Founder of Sinclair Oil Harry Ford Sinclair
Founder of Sinclair Oil
Harry Ford Sinclair
29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
US Senator Albert B. Fall
US Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • Apr 14 Republic rebels occupies 4 government courts in Dublin
  • Apr 15 The legendary Poodle Dog Restaurant closes in San Francisco

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Apr 16 Annie Oakley sets women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • Apr 16 Treaty of Rapallo between the German Republic and Soviet Union a is signed in Italy, normalizing diplomatic relations with each side renouncing their territorial and financial claims against the other
  • Apr 21 The first Aggie Muster is held as a remembrance for fellow Aggies who had died in the previous year
  • Apr 22 South Ossetian Autonomous Region forms in Georgian SSR
  • Apr 27 Fritz Lang's "Dr Mabuse, der Spieler" premieres in Berlin
  • Apr 27 Yakut ASSR formed in Russian SFSR
  • Apr 28 WOI (Ames, Iowa) country's 1st licensed educational radio station

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 William Manchester, Attleboro Mass, historian (Death of a President)
  • Apr 2 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, born in Usman, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Apr 9 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, born in Munich (d. 2005)
  • Apr 9 Gerald Moverley, first Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in Yorkshire, born in Bradford, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 9 Michael Palliser, head of British diplomatic service, born in Reigate, Surrey (d. 2012)
  • Apr 11 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Apr 13 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • Apr 13 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), born in Butiama, Tanganyika (d. 1999)
  • Apr 15 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Apr 16 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy), born in Huyton, Lancashire, England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 16 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), born in Zwijndrecht, Belgium (d. 2014)
  • Apr 19 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), born in Weissach, Württemberg, Weimar Republic (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Luigi Barbarito, Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Atripalda, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Apr 22 Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (Ocean Park Paintings), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 Boy Ecury [Segundo Jorge Adelberto Ecury], member of the Dutch Resistance in World War II, born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1944)
  • Apr 23 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, born in London (d. 2014)
  • Apr 26 J. C. Holt, English medieval historian, born in Yorkshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Apr 26 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), born in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Apr 27 Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2016)
  • Apr 28 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • Apr 28 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • Apr 29 Parren Mitchell, American politician (Rep-D-MD, 1971-87), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Charles I, emperor (Austria)/King of Hungary (Charles IV), dies
  • Apr 1 Jane Bunford, Britain's tallest-ever person measuring 2.41 metres (7 ft 11 in) at the time of her death, dies at 26
  • Apr 2 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), dies at 37
  • Apr 5 Charles F A Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice, dies at 85
  • Apr 9 Patrick Manson, Scottish physician and parasitologist (Father of tropical medicine), dies at 77
  • Apr 21 Alessandro Moreschi, Italian castrato (b. 1858)
  • Apr 30 David M Chumaceiro, Curacaos poet, dies