On This Day

What Happened in April 1632

Historical Events

  • Apr 15 Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
  • Apr 16 Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme military commander of the Holy Roman Empire

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Georg Caspar Weckler, German organist and composer, baptized in Nuremburg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • Apr 6 Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1649)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 15 George Calvert, English politician & coloniser, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
  • Apr 30 Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, Holy Roman field marshal who commanded the Catholic League's forces in the Thirty Years' War, dies of tetanus after being wounded by a cannonball at 73

Person of interestSigismund III Vasa

Apr 30 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), dies at 65