What Happened in April 1848

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 Thomas Douglas becomes 1st SF public teacher

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Apr 3 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is seen for the last time at McPherson's Station, Coogoon, before he disappears on the same expedition to reach the Swan River

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Apr 6 Jews of Prussia granted equality
  • Apr 8 1st battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
  • Apr 8 Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru: Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
  • Apr 11 Hungary becomes constitutional monarchy under king Ferdinand of Aust
  • Apr 18 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Alfred Russel Wallace departs the U.K. for South America, beginning four years of travel, collecting, and research in the region

Naturalist, biologist, and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace
Naturalist, biologist, and explorer
Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Apr 28 Free last slaves in French colonies

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 7 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1930)
  • Apr 9 F A MacKinnon, cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon)
  • Apr 9 Helena Lange, German feminist
  • Apr 12 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1880)
  • Apr 16 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Social Reformer of Andhra Pradesh, India (d. 1919)
  • Apr 27 King Otto I of Bavaria (d. 1916)
  • Apr 28 Ludvig Schytte, composer
  • Apr 29 Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter, born in Kilimanoor, Travancore (d. 1906)

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 10 British influential art critic and social commentator John Ruskin marries Effie Gray in Perth, Scotland (later annulled).

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Apr 8 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 10 Godert AGP baron van Capellen, gove-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 69
  • Apr 24 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Friedrich Freiherr Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant, dies at 53