April 1838 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 8 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC)
  • Apr 9 UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London
  • Apr 18 Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
  • Apr 22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
  • Apr 23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • Apr 27 Fire destroys half of Charleston
  • Apr 30 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82)
  • Apr 5 Alpheus Hyatt, US, invertebrate paleontologist
  • Apr 12 John Shaw Billings, US, librarian/army physician
  • Apr 18 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 21 John Muir, Scottish naturalist/discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • Apr 23 Alfred J Verwee, Flemish painter
  • Apr 28 Tobias M Carel Asser, Holland, advocate of world law (Nobel 1911)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 Jose B de Andrada e Silva, premier of Brazil (1822-23), dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • Apr 17 J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 23 John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape Colony/Dutch-Indies, dies at 75