On This Day

What Happened in April 1699

Historical Events

  • Apr 14 Khalsa: Birth of Khalsa, the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, in Northern India in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 7 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1743)
  • Apr 17 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1746)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJean Racine

Apr 21 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre, Athalie), dies of liver cancer at 59

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine
  • Apr 22 Hans A baron von Abschatz, Silesian poet, dies at 53
  • Apr 29 Samuel Apostool, Flemish religious preacher (Zonisten), dies at 50