On This Day

April 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • Apr 1 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
  • Apr 1 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
  • Apr 1 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • Apr 3 Netherlands-German postal relations resume
  • Apr 7 Part of East Prussia incorporated into Russian SFSR
  • Apr 7 Syria's independence from France is officially recognised.
  • Apr 8 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • Apr 10 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • Apr 12 Syria gains independence from France
  • Apr 13 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage & price freeze over
  • Apr 14 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th & final HR
  • Apr 16 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • Apr 16 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
  • Apr 17 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 18 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Apr 21 Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
  • Apr 22 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
  • Apr 25 "Exposition Flyer" rammed at Napierville Illinois, killing 48
  • Apr 25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
  • Apr 29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 William Frederick Fisher, American MD & astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 2 Lynda Carr, educationist
  • Apr 3 Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico (1988-94), born in Mexico City
  • Apr 4 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist, founder and director of Satojuku Karate, born in Sakhalin, Japan
  • Apr 5 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
  • Apr 7 Robert Metcalfe, American electrical engineer (invented Ethernet, 3Com), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 9 Philip Wright, English rocker (Paper Lace), born in St. Ann's, Nottingham
  • Apr 11 Bob Harris, English radio presenter (The Old Grey Whistle Test, Time Out), born in Northampton, England
  • Apr 13 Roy Loney, American rocker (Flamin' Groovies)
  • Apr 14 Tom Monteleone, American writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • Apr 15 Wayne Gilchrest, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Rahway, New Jersey
  • Apr 16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • Apr 18 Harvey Kagan, American muscian (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • Apr 19 Leon Wessels, South African lawyer and Minister of Local Government, born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • Apr 22 Archy Kirkwood, British politician (MP for Roxburgh and Berwickshire)
  • Apr 22 Dectuplets, Bacacay Brazil, 8 males & 2 females
  • Apr 22 John Waters, American director (Hairspray), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 22 Louise Harel, Quebec politician and City Councillor for Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe, born in Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec
  • Apr 25 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian nationalist and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 29 Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • Apr 30 Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden (1973- ), born in Haga Palace, Solna, Sweden

Weddings in History

  • Apr 26 Father Divine, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • Apr 12 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • Apr 12 F Guicciardi, writer, dies

BattleJohn Maynard Keynes

Apr 21 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62

  • Apr 22 Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer & jurist (SCOTUS, 1941-46), dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Hermann von Keyserling, Baltic German philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • Apr 28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician, dies at 76