On This Day

What Happened in April 1697

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden

King of Sweden Charles XII
King of Sweden
Charles XII

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