What Happened in April 1879

Historical Events

  • 5th Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • 8th Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers
  • 8th Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time
  • 18th Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins
  • 20th 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus

Famous Birthdays

  • 4th Gabriel Groulez, composer
  • 9th Gerald Festus Kelly, artist
  • 11th Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (entrance Rotterdam Zoo)
  • 12th Frederick G Melcher, US, publisher/editor/founded children's book week
  • 13th Edward Bruce, Director art projects (d. 1943)
  • 14th James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads)
  • 15th Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
  • 19th Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz)
  • 20th Robert Lynd, Irish writer/critic (Pleasures of Ignorance)
  • 20th Paul Poiret, French couturier (d. 1944)
  • 21st Kartini, Indonesian national figure (d. 1904)
  • 26th Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
  • 28th Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 28th Franz Arnold, writer
  • 29th Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)

Famous Deaths

  • 4th Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)
  • 9th Ernst Friedrich Richter, composer, dies at 70
  • 16th Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • 18th Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies