On This Day

Famous People Born in April 1820

  • Apr 4 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • Apr 5 Nadar [Félix Tournachon], French photographer and balloonist, took the first aerial photograph, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • Apr 14 Harry T. Hays, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilson County, Tennessee (d. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1902)
  • Apr 16 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1885)
  • Apr 17 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

Apr 17 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • Apr 26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1871)

Person of interestHerbert Spencer

Apr 27 Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (Social Statics), born in Derby, England (d. 1903)

Philosopher and Intellectual Herbert Spencer
Philosopher and Intellectual
Herbert Spencer