What Happened in April 1858

Historical Events

  • Apr 10 "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster
  • Apr 12 1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit)
  • Apr 15 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
  • Apr 16 The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Arnold Aletrino, Dutch physician-criminologist/author (From Life)
  • Apr 1 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • Apr 3 Matthew Ricketts, 1st African American man elected to Neb State Legislature
  • Apr 4 Remy de Gourmont, French poet (d. 1915)
  • Apr 7 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch socialist politician (SDAP)
  • Apr 15 Anton G O Ridder Van Rappard, Dutch painter/lithographer/etcher
  • Apr 15 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social)
  • Apr 19 May Robson [Mary J Robison], Australian actress (Apple Annie), born in Moama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1942)
  • Apr 19 Siegfried Ochs, composer
  • Apr 20 Auguste Chapuis, composer
  • Apr 22 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer
  • Apr 23 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), born in Kiel, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1947)
  • Apr 30 Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1893)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 7 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher and composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 16 Johann Baptist Cramer, Ger/British pianist/composer/publisher, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (b. 1801)