On This Day

What Happened in April 1655

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
  • Apr 4 The miraculous statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach
  • Apr 7 Fabio Chigi replaces Pope Innocent X as Alexander VII
  • Apr 26 Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
  • Apr 28 English General-at-Sea Robert Blake (he was never titled Admiral) beats North African pirate fleet

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 8 Louis Willem I, Margrave of Baden-Baden, born in Paris (d. 1707)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 David Blondel, French Protestant clergyman (b. 1591)
  • Apr 14 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, dies at 39
  • Apr 30 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (paintings of religious subjects), dies at 37