On This Day

What Happened in April 1682

Historical Events

  • Apr 9 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine and composer, born in Oberelsbach, Germany (d. 1750)
  • Apr 11 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1738)
  • Apr 15 John van Huysum, Dutch painter (flowers/fruit)
  • Apr 16 John Hadley, English mathematician and inventor (octant), born in Bloomsbury, London (d. 1744)
  • Apr 22 Willem Ignatius Kerricx, Flemish architect, sculptor and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1745)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Franz Egon of FĂĽrstenberg, Bavarian Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • Apr 3 BartolomĂ© Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter (The Vision of St. Anthony), dies at about 64
  • Apr 14 Avvakum, Russian Orthodox archpriest and writer, dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Theodorus III, Tsar of Russia (1676-82), dies at 21