On This Day

What Happened in April 1621

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • Apr 9 Spain & Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
  • Apr 15 Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ninth Nanak, 9th of 10 Guru of the Sikhs, born in Amritsar, India (d. 1675)
  • Apr 23 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, born in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol (d. 1670)
  • Apr 25 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland (d. 1679)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
  • Apr 15 John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony, dies at 45