What Happened in April 1857

Historical Events


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1st Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man.

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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