What Happened in April 1794

Historical Events

  • Apr 21 NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British
  • Apr 30 The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (d. 1881)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 10 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1858)

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • Apr 11 Edward Everett, Dorchester Mass, (Gov-Mass), statesman/orator
  • Apr 12 Germinal P Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry)
  • Apr 15 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist (d. 1867)
  • Apr 17 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
  • Apr 23 Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar (d. 1856)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34
  • Apr 8 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, mathematician dies
  • Apr 13 Nicolas Chamfort, French writer (b. 1741)
  • Apr 18 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • Apr 23 Guillaume-Chr├ętien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (executed) (b. 1721)
  • Apr 27 William Jones, British Orientalist/jurist, dies at 47