April 1868 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Edmond Rostand, France, poet/playwright (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • Apr 12 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander (d. 1918)
  • Apr 14 Peter Behrens, German architect (d. 1940)
  • Apr 17 Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
  • Apr 18 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
  • Apr 21 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 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)

Weddings in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 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