What Happened in April 1866

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 US Congress rejects presidential veto giveing all equal rights in US

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Apr 2 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • Apr 4 Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in the city of Kiev.
  • Apr 6 Grand Army of the Republic forms in Decatur, Illinois, by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson
  • Apr 8 Italy and Prussia ally against Austria-Hungary.
  • Apr 9 Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson's veto
  • Apr 10 American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) forms
  • Apr 16 Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
  • Apr 16 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Co office explodes

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • Apr 1 Sophonisba Breckenridge, scholar/teacher/social activist

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Apr 3 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General/Premier (1914-39), born in Wellington, South Africa (d. 1942)

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • Apr 4 George P Baker, US playwright (47 Workshop)
  • Apr 6 Joseph Lincoln Steffens, muckraker/journalist (Shame of the Cities)
  • Apr 11 Carla Ford, wife of Henry Ford
  • Apr 11 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (d. 1953)

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Apr 13 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1908)

  • Apr 14 Anne Sullivan, US teacer, educated Helen Keller, born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • Apr 17 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
  • Apr 19 Henri WA Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell)
  • Apr 20 Victor Hollaender, composer
  • Apr 22 Hans von Seeckt, German general (Future of the Reich)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98
  • Apr 1 Johannes C H de Meijere, Dutch zoologist, dies
  • Apr 15 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, dies at 51