On This Day

What Happened in April 1656

Historical Events

  • Apr 10 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 RenĂ© Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, born in Ouanne, Burgundy, France (d. 1718)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 24 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • Apr 27 Gerard van Honthorst, Dutch painter, dies at 65
  • Apr 27 Jan van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60