What Happened in April 1818

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 5 In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement - led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín - win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 7 General Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks Fla from Seminole indians

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • Apr 14 US Medical Corps forms
  • Apr 16 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • Apr 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Sappho" premieres in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes & Lake Champlain

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (d. 1883)
  • Apr 5 Lewis Baldwin Parsons, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Apr 6 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • Apr 6 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • Apr 8 Christaan IX, king of Denmark (1863-1906)
  • Apr 14 Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, queen of Hanover (d. 1909)
  • Apr 20 Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
  • Apr 22 Cadwallader Colden Washburn, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Apr 23 James Anthony Froude, historian
  • Apr 23 John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1872)
  • Apr 25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer
  • Apr 29 Alexander II N Romanov, Tsar of Russia (1855-81)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 18 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch lawyer, dies at 59