On This Day

What Happened in April 1697

Historical Events

  • Apr 15 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (d. 1763)
  • Apr 8 Pierre Prowo, German composer, born in Altona (d. 1757)
  • Apr 16 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, German composer, born in Penig, Germany (d. 1778)
  • Apr 23 George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, British Royal Navy officer, born in Staffordshire, England (d. 1762)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
  • Apr 8 Niels Juel, Danish-Norwegian admiral, dies at 68