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What Happened in April 1652

Historical Events


Historic DiscoveryCape Colony Founded

Apr 6 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck
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Jan van Riebeeck arrives in Table Bay
Jan van Riebeeck arrives in Table Bay
  • Apr 7 Dutch establish settlement at Cape Town, South Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 7 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, born in Florence (d. 1740)
  • Apr 21 Michel Rolle, French mathematician (Rolle's theorem), born in Ambert, Basse-Auvergne (d. 1719)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 15 Patriarch Joseph of Moscow, sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
  • Apr 21 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, dies at 66