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Events in History

  • Apr 20 Thomas Warton appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

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Apr 21 Catherine II of Russia confers on the nobility the "Charter to the Nobility", increasing further the power of the landed oligarchs

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
  • Apr 9 Sibrand Acker Stratingh, Dutch physician/chemist (electric car 1835)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 26 John James Audubon, American bird watcher and artist, born in Les Cayes, Haiti (d. 1851)

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon

Deaths in History

  • Apr 14 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • Apr 30 Frederick Philipse III, land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65