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.

Appointment of Interest

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 Nuremberg, 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 Antoine, French Protestant theologian who attempted to convert to Judaism, burned at the stake for heresy aged about 30 in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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

Sigismund 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