A.A. History in April
- April 1
1939 - "Alcoholics Anonymous", AA's Big Book was published.
1940 - Larry J. of Houston, wrote The Texas Preamble used to open AA meetings in Texas.
- 1966 - Sister Ignatia died at the age of 77. She worked with Dr. Bob in treating many early AA members at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron.
- 1984 - 12 Coconuts Group, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, was founded.
- April 3
- 1941 - First Florida AA meeting was held.
- April 4
- 1960 - The Chicago Daily News reported that Fr. Ed D., a Jesuit priest who helped start the first AA group in St. Louis, had died at age 62.
- April 7
- 1941 - Ruth Hock, Bill W.'s secretary, reported there were 1,500 letters asking for help, as a result of the Saturday Evening Post Article by Jack Alexander.
- April 10
- 1939 - The first ten copies of the Big Book arrived at the office Bill shared with Hank P. in Newark, New Jersey.
- April 11
- 1938 - Alcoholic Foundation held its first meeting.
- 1939 - Marty M. attended her first meeting at the home of Bill and Lois W. in Brooklyn.
- 1941 - Bill and Lois W. moved into their new home, Stepping Stones.
- April 12
- 1942 - The Windsor Daily Star in Ontario, Canada, reported that over 400 AA's attended a testimonial dinner for Dr. Bob.
- April 16
- 1940 - A sober Rollie H. caught the only opening day no-hitter in baseball history since 1909.
- 1973 - Dr. Jack Norris, non-alcoholic Chairman of the AA General Service Board, presented President Richard Nixon with the one-millionth copy of the Big Book at the White House.
- April 17
- 1941 - 2nd group in Los Angeles, the "Hole in the Ground Group" was formed.
- April 19
- 1940 - First AA group in Little Rock, Arkansas, was formed.
- April 22
- 1940 Bill W. transferred his Works Publishing Stock to the Alcoholic Foundation. The date on which Hank P. transferred his stock is uncertain.
- April 23
- 1940 - Dr. Bob wrote the Trustees to refuse Big Book royalties, but Bill W. insisted on them for Dr. Bob and Anne.
- April 24
- 1989 - Dr. Leonard Strong died. He was Bill's brother-in-law and a non-alcoholic AA Trustee.
- April 25
- 1951 - AA's first General Service Conference was held.
- April 26
- 1939 - Bill & Lois W. moved in with Hank P. after the bank foreclosed on 182 Clinton St. This was the first of over 50 moves before they acquired Stepping Stones.
- April 30
- 1989 - The film "My Name is Bill W.," a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, was broadcast at 9 p.m. on ABC TV.
- Other April events for which we have no specific dates:
- 1940 - The "Texas Preamble" used to open meetings in Texas, was written by Larry J. of Houston.
- 1940 - The first AA pamphlet was published, entitled simply "AA."
- 1958 - The word "honest" was dropped from "an honest desire to top drinking," in the AA Preamble.
- 1960 - Bill W. refused to be on the cover of Time Magazine.
- 1988 - Cybil C., the first woman member in Los Angeles and archivist, died.
Thanks to Nancy O. of the group "AA History Buffs" for this list.
This page last revised 11/25/20