What Happened in April 1868

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Hampton Institute opens
  • Apr 3 A Hawaiian surfs on highest wave ever - a 50-foot tidal wave
  • Apr 7 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician.
  • Apr 10 1st performance of John Brahms' "A German Requiem"
  • Apr 10 British defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala
  • Apr 11 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.
  • Apr 13 Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor commits suicide
  • Apr 14 SC voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228
  • Apr 16 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
  • Apr 18 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Edmond Rostand, France, poet/playwright (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • Apr 2 Eduard Jacobs, singer/pianist (Dutch cabaret)
  • Apr 5 J F "Flooi" Du Toit, cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892)
  • Apr 10 George Arliss, actor (Devil, Green Goddess), born in London, England
  • Apr 12 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander (d. 1918)
  • Apr 13 John Blackwood McEwen, composer
  • Apr 14 Peter Behrens, German architect (d. 1940)
  • Apr 16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer
  • Apr 16 Spottiswoode Aitken, Edinburgh Scot, actor (Eagle, Home Sweet Home)
  • Apr 17 Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
  • Apr 18 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
  • Apr 19 Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)
  • Apr 21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • Apr 22 Jose Vianna da Motta, composer
  • Apr 22 Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (d. 1924)
  • Apr 25 John Bevins Moisant, pioneer aviator, first to cross English Channel with passenger and a cat, killed in New Orleans whose present day airport was originally name for him. (D. 1910)
  • Apr 26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere/Newspaper publisher
  • Apr 28 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (d. 1908)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Franz Adolf Berwald, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 7 D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation (b. 1825)
  • Apr 13 Tewodros II / Theodorus II, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1818) commits suicide
  • Apr 21 Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh