On This Day

What Happened in April 1715

Historical Events

  • Apr 15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London

Queen of England Jane Grey
Queen of England
Jane Grey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 English Astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time

1st Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed
1st Astronomer Royal
John Flamsteed

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 John Hanson, Continental Congressman, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation, born in Maryland (d.1783)
  • Apr 3 William Watson, English physician and scientist, born in London (d. 1787)
  • Apr 11 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • Apr 17 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1786)
  • Apr 19 James Nares, English composer, born in Stanwell (d. 1783)
  • Apr 23 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, born in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany (d. 1797)
  • Apr 28 Franz Sparry, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1767)