On This Day

What Happened in April 1657

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell refuses crown

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
  • Apr 20 Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Ferdinand III, King of Hungary & Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1637-57), dies at 48
  • Apr 2 Jean-Jacques Olier - French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)