What Happened in April 1857

Historical Events


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Apr 1 Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man.

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville
  • Apr 12 Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" published
  • Apr 21 Alexander Douglas patents the bustle
  • Apr 27 Establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria prohibited
  • Apr 29 US Army, Pacific Div HQ permanently forms at Presidio (SF)
  • Apr 30 San Jose State University forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 5 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, ruler of Bulgaria (1879-86)
  • Apr 10 Henry Ernest Dudeney, mathematician/puzzle maker
  • Apr 14 Edgar Stillman Kelley, Sparta Wisconsin, composer (Gulliver)
  • Apr 18 Clarence S Darrow, defense attorney at Scopes monkey trial
  • Apr 19 Lucien Levy-Bruhl, philosopher
  • Apr 20 Charles LP "Philip" Zilcken, painter/author (HW Knife Day)
  • Apr 20 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, born in Asserballe (d. 1912)
  • Apr 23 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza)
  • Apr 29 Edouard Rod, France/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e)
  • Apr 29 Frantisek Ondricek, composer
  • Apr 30 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1940)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 8 Mangal Pandey, Indian soldier (b. 1827)