April 1911

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April 1, 1911: Mexico's President Diaz makes last-ditch effort to stay in power
April 8, 1911: Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes discovers principle of superconductivity

The following events occurred in April 1911:

April 1, 1911 (Saturday)[edit]

April 2, 1911 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The United Kingdom census was taken, based on two Acts, one for Great Britain and the other for Ireland. "Schedules" with multiple questions were distributed to each household, and collected by enumerators the following day.[5] The final count, released on June 16, was 45,216,665.[6] One out of every seven employed persons was a domestic servant. Suffragette Emily Davison hid in a cupboard in the crypt of the Palace of Westminster so that she could legitimately be recorded as resident on census night at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.[7][8]
  • The first Australian National Census (as opposed to prior colonial censuses) was taken, with information to be filled out on a "Householder's Card".[9] The final count showed 4,455,005 people.[10]
  • British evangelist John Henry Jowett, celebrated at the time as "the greatest preacher in the English-speaking world",[11] began a revival in New York City at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.[12]

April 3, 1911 (Monday)[edit]

  • The first performance was given of the Fourth Symphony of Jean Sibelius.[13]
  • Draft registration became mandatory for all boys aged 14 to 20 in New Zealand.[14]
  • An imperial edict was issued in the name of the two-year-old Emperor of China, Puyi, proclaiming him to be supreme commander of the army and appointing his father, Prince Chun, to serve as Prince-Regent until the Emperor reached a majority.[15]
  • President Taft ordered the reassignment of the all-African-American U.S. 9th Cavalry to move them out of San Antonio, where they had been sent to guard the border with Mexico, after the regiment's northern-born soldiers had defied the Texas city's segregation laws. Reportedly, two white streetcar conductors had been beaten up after insisting that the soldiers move to the colored section of the cars.[16] The order was reversed two days later after complaints came from the mayors of cities where the troops were to be moved, including Brownsville, Laredo and Del Rio.[17]

April 4, 1911 (Tuesday)[edit]

April 5, 1911 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • In one of the largest union labor demonstrations in the United States to that time, a group of 120,000 employees took the day off and marched in the rain along Fifth Avenue in New York City in a memorial service for the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that had happened on March 25. The procession lasted for three hours and was watched by 400,000 spectators.[22]

April 6, 1911 (Thursday)[edit]

  • By a vote of 198-135, the U.S. House of Representatives changed its rules to remove much of the power that the Speaker of the House had formerly wielded. Never again would the Speaker have the exclusive right to assign members to committees or to select the chairmen.[23]
  • For the first time, the State Council of Imperial Russia approved an interpellation resolution criticizing the Tsarist government. The vote was 98-52 in favor of the measure, which rebuked Prime Minister Stolypin's proposal for self-government for Poland.[1]
  • Mayor of Baltimore Mahool signed into law an ordinance prohibiting African-Americans from moving into, or establishing businesses, in white neighborhoods.[24]
  • Born: Feodor Lynen, German biochemist and 1964 Nobel Laureate, in Munich (d. 1979)

April 7, 1911 (Friday)[edit]

April 8, 1911 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity at the Leiden University, finding that the electrical resistance of the metal mercury completely disappeared at a temperature of 4.15 Kelvin (-268.85 °C). The exact moment of his finding has been traced to the series of notebooks that he kept at the time, at 4:00 in the afternoon.[28] Presentation of the results was made on April 28.
  • An explosion at the Banner Mine of Pratt Consolidated Coal Company, near Littleton, Alabama, killed 128 coal miners. All but five of them were African-Americans who had been convicted of minor crimes and were sentenced to hard labor.[1][29]
  • Elsie Paroubek, aged 5, vanished from the corner of 23rd Street and Troy Avenue in Chicago. The subsequent exhaustive search for her would preoccupy Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota law enforcement for six weeks.[30]
  • Born:

April 9, 1911 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The Sufi Inayat Khan introduced the music of India to the West with a recital at the Hindu temple in San Francisco, before going on further international tours.[31]
  • A fire in the Yoshiwara district of Tokyo, where geishas were housed for pleasure, killed 300 people, injured 800 and left 6,000 homeless.[32]

April 10, 1911 (Monday)[edit]

April 11, 1911 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The Senate of France voted 213-62 in favor of a resolution supporting an end to territorial limitations on where the wine champagne could be produced and still be referred to by that name.[36] Upset by the vote wine-growers in the Marne department rioted, burning establishments and dumping thousands of gallons of champagne. Order was restored by the end of the week[1][37]
  • Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, co-owners of the Triangle Waist Company, were indicted for manslaughter for the fire that killed 146 employees, with probable cause based upon the finding of a bolted door.[1][38] Blanck and Harris were acquitted following a trial in December. Civil suits against them were settled on March 11, 1913, with payment of 75 dollars apiece to the families of each of the victims.[39]
  • Mae West, 17, married musician Frank Wallace; they separated after a few months, but never divorced, until after Wallace resurfaced in 1935.[40]
  • Born: Leon Mandrake, American magician, in New Westminster, British Columbia (d.1993)
  • Died: Crazy Snake, 64, real name Chito Harjo, Creek Indian warrior who had, on March 27, 1909, led the last American Indian uprising in the Indian Territory, later Oklahoma.

April 12, 1911 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • On the 50th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, the very first graduate from the flying school of the United States Navy, Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, became "Naval Aviator No. 1".[41]
  • Detectives arrested James McNamara and Oscar McNanigal in Detroit after a search of several months. The two had been among those indicted for the Los Angeles Times bombing, which had killed 21 people the previous October 1. James was carrying a briefcase filled with dynamite when caught. His brother John was nabbed ten days later in Indianapolis[42]
  • The shortest major league baseball game ever, the season opener between the visiting Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Giants' stadium, the Polo Grounds, was completed in 50 minutes with the Phillies winning 2-0. On September 28, 1919, the same two teams would play a game that lasted 51 minutes.[43] The very next day, the Phillies and Giants played an 18 inning game, and the Polo Grounds burned to the ground that night.[44]
  • Winsor McCay's animated short film, based on the Little Nemo comic strip, premiered at Williams' Colonial Theater in New York.[45]
  • Pilot Pierre Prier made the first non-stop airplane flight from London to Paris, traveling 290 miles in 4 hours and 8 minutes.[1][46] 1
  • Tornadoes swept through 14 towns in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and killed at least 25 people, destroying all but six of buildings in the town of Bigheart, Oklahoma.[47]

April 13, 1911 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill for a constitutional amendment requiring direct election of U.S. Senators, 296-16.[48]
  • Mexican Revolution: Rebels defeated government troops in an attack on the border city of Agua Prieta, located on the Mexican-U.S. border across from Douglas, Arizona. Stray bullets flew across the border, striking buildings "as far north as Fifteenth Street", and killed two Americans, J.C. Edwards and Robert Harrington.[49]
  • British film producer Will Barker carried out his agreement for exhibiting the first motion picture of William Shakespeare's play, Henry VIII, after a six-week run in the United Kingdom. Barker had filmed one of the presentations of Sir Herbert Tree's production of the drama, and been allowed to show it to audiences. At Ealing, Barker carried out the burning of all prints of the film.[50]

April 14, 1911 (Friday)[edit]

  • U.S. President Taft sent a warning to the Mexican government and to insurgent leaders to avoid fighting near the border and to not further endanger the lives of Americans.[1]
  • Born: Theodore Romzha, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church bishop who refused to merge his church with the Russian Orthodox, in Zapakartsk and was murdered in 1944.
  • Died:

April 15, 1911 (Saturday)[edit]

April 16, 1911 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Elections, supervised by the United States, were held for the National Assembly of Nicaragua. With the assistance of the Army, General Luis Mena, the Minister of War, secured the election of many of his followers to the new legislature.[1][53]

April 17, 1911 (Monday)[edit]

April 18, 1911 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • In response to a demand by U.S. President Taft, and the implied threat of an American invasion, Mexico's President Diaz informed Ambassador Wilson that his troops would avoid clashes with rebels near the border shared by the two nations.[58] The agreement followed the deaths of two Americans in Douglas, Arizona, from fighting in Agua Prieta. Two days later, Diaz's formal note claimed that Americans had aided the rebels and had allowed shots to be fired from the U.S. side of the border.[59]
  • Born:
  • Died: B.V. Matevich-Matsevich, Russian aviator, in a plane crash

April 19, 1911 (Wednesday)[edit]

April 20, 1911 (Thursday)[edit]

April 21, 1911 (Friday)[edit]

  • The U.S. House again passed the Canadian reciprocity bill 266-89[63]
  • American troops near the Mexican border were ordered to strictly enforce neutrality laws.[63]

April 22, 1911 (Saturday)[edit]

  • John J. McNamara, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Structural Iron Workers, was arrested along with two other men and charged with murder for the Los Angeles Times bombing that killed 21 people. His brother James McNamara escaped a death sentence by pleading guilty and spent the rest of his life in prison, dying 30 years after the October 1 bombing, on March 8, 1941. John McNamara was released in 1921, and died two months later.[63][64]
  • The collapse of a railroad bridge at the Cape Colony caused a train to fall into a deep gorge, killing 20 people.[63]
  • Edwin Blatt, Lawrence Converse and Brown, who had been jailed two months earlier for aiding the rebellion, were released by order of President Diaz.[63]
  • Minnesota abolished the death penalty, as Governor Adolph O. Eberhart signed a bill making first degree murder punishable by life in prison.[65]
  • Zapata of Mexico By Peter E. Newell p42
  • Died: John Passmore Edwards, 88, English philanthropist and peace activist

April 23, 1911 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Elections were held for the first time in Monaco[63]
  • General Charles-Emile Moinier March of the French on Fez French military rule in Morocco: colonialism and its consequences By Moshe Gershovich p55
  • Born: Ronald Neame, British film director, in London

April 24, 1911 (Monday)[edit]

  • Former Dominican Republic President Carlos Felipe Morales, along with his vice-president and a general, were arrested by American officials in Puerto Rico and charged with conspiracy to overthrow the Dominican government.[63]
  • A copy of the Gutenberg Bible, part of the vast collection of the late Robert Hoe, was auctioned in New York City for $50,000 as George D. Smith, acting as agent for Henry E. Huntington, outbid Joseph E. Widener.[66]
  • Born: Dr. Irene Sanger-Bredt, German rocket scientist, in Bonn

April 25, 1911 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • A ceasefire was declared in Mexico between federal and insurgent troops as President Diaz and General Madero agreed to negotiate a settlement. Peace reigned for 11 days before the talks broke off on May 6.[63]
  • Died:
    • Dr. Charles Wertheimer, 60, British art collector
    • Emilio Salgari, 48, Italian novelist

April 26, 1911 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • By a 60-40 majority, Australian voters rejected referenda proposals to give the Commonwealth government greater power.[67]
  • The town of Goldsboro, Florida, was abolished by the state legislature after the nearby city of Sanford had failed to secure its annexation. The two cities were then replaced by a newly chartered Sanford, Florida[68]
  • The town of Craig, Iowa was incorporated in Plymouth County Tom Savage, A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names p64
  • Died:
    • The Reverend Peter Steenstra, 78, American theologian
    • Pedro A. Paterno, 53, Philippine revolutionary and Prime Minister (May to November 1899) of the first Philippine Republic

April 27, 1911 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Huanghuagang Uprising: An insurrection broke out in Canton (Guangzhou), and rebels captured five Chinese villages in an attempt to challenge the Imperial government. The persons who died in the attempt are celebrated as "the 72 Martyrs".[69]
  • Freshman Congressman Victor L. Berger, Socialist from Wisconsin, introduced a resolution to amend Article I of the United States Constitution in order to abolish the United States Senate. "The idea that the Senate would concur in passing this joint resolution caused a merry laugh wherever it was discussed", noted the New York Times.[70]
  • France notified parties to the Algeciras convention that it would intervene in Morocco to protect foreigners in Fes.[63]

April 28, 1911 (Friday)[edit]

April 29, 1911 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Thirty-two residents with property along the shores of the Severn River in Maryland came together in Annapolis to form the Severn River Association (SRA). Their original purpose was to protect and promote fish and game, and to develop reasonable means of public access to the river. Today, the SRA is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the preservation of a river, and one of the largest civic groups in Anne Arundel County, with over seventy communities represented.[72]
  • A train transporting 160 schoolteachers and their friends from Utica, Syracuse, and Waterville, New York, to Washington, D.C., derailed near Easton, Pennsylvania. Seven teachers, all from Utica, died when the train plunged down and embankment and cars burst into flames, and four railroad employees were killed.[73]
  • Born: Sri Mahendranath, tantric teacher, as Lawrence Amos Miles in London (d. 1991)
  • Died: Georg, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, 64, who, since 1893, had ruled the German principality from his palace at Bückeburg in what is now the Niedersachsen state of Germany. His son took the title of Prince Adolf II and ruled until Germany lost World War I.

April 30, 1911 (Sunday)[edit]


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