On This Day

What Happened in April 1689

Historical Events


CrownRoyal Coronation

Apr 11 King William III and Queen Mary II crowned as joint rulers of England, Scotland and Ireland

King of England William III
King of England
William III

BattleDeclaration of War

Apr 15 French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Apr 20 The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry
  • Apr 21 William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed King & Queen of England

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 15 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48
  • Apr 18 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys, Welsh judge, dies at 43
  • Apr 19 Christina, Queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic (1644-54), dies at 62