On This Day

What Happened in April 1711

Historical Events

  • Apr 17 Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Jan Punt, Dutch engraver, painter, illustrator and actor (Gideonschool), born in Amsterdam (d. 1779)
  • Apr 22 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1779)

Person of interestDavid Hume

Apr 26 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), born in Edinburgh, Scotland [NS 7 May] (d. 1776)

Philosopher David Hume
David Hume

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 17 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1705-11), dies of smallpox at 32