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.
  • Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
  • Apr 29 English Astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time

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)