On This Day

What Happened in April 1644

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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


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