What Happened in April 1721

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Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Robert Walpole becomes Britain's 1st Lord of the Treasury - effective Prime Minister, although that term was never officially used (indeed, it was considered an insult) until much later.

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • Apr 11 David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (d. 1808)
  • Apr 14 William August duke of Cumberland, English army leader

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman
  • Apr 24 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptised in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 14 Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)