What Happened in April 1796

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic)

Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist
Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • Apr 13 First elephant arrives in US from India

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 13 Battle of Millesimo, Italy: Napoleon's forces defeat allied armies of Austria and of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Apr 21 Napoleon and the French defeat the Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi
  • Apr 28 Cease fire of Cherasco between Sardinia and Napoleon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (d. 1836)
  • Apr 12 George N. Briggs, 19th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • Apr 24 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)
  • Apr 26 Auguste-Matthieu Panseron, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 18 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)