On This Day

What Happened in April 1644

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 Last Ming Emperor Chongzhen hangs himself from a tree on Jing Mountain, Beijing, rather than be captured by forces of Li Zicheng

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen
  • Apr 29 Farm leader Li Zicheng becomes Emperor of China and flees Peking

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 7 Fran├žois de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (d. 1730)
  • Apr 17 Abraham Jansz Storck, Dutch painter, baptized in Amsterdam (d. 1708)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestChongzhen

Apr 25 Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide at 33

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen