What Happened in April 1853

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Cincinnati becomes 1st US city to employ fulltime professional firefighters
  • Apr 15 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
  • Apr 16 The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
  • Apr 17 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke's government in the Netherlands resigns
  • Apr 17 US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) forms
  • Apr 18 1st train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)
  • Apr 19 Netherlands Van Hall government forms
  • Apr 26 Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
  • Apr 29 Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 AUs of Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)
  • Apr 5 Alfonso Randano, composer
  • Apr 21 Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer
  • Apr 22 Alphonse Bertillon, France, anthropologist, devised crime ID system
  • Apr 23 Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)
  • Apr 27 Jules LemaĆ®tre, French critic and dramatist (d. 1914)
  • Apr 30 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, born in Vienna (d. 1912)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 8 Jan W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • Apr 11 Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer, dies
  • Apr 13 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (b. 1788)
  • Apr 13 James Iredell, Jr., American politician (b. 1788)
  • Apr 15 Johann Leopold Fuchs, composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 18 William King, US VP, dies a month after his inauguration
  • Apr 23 Auguste Laurent, chemist, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 25 William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67

  • Apr 28 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79