On This Day

What Happened in April 1717

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1750)
  • Apr 30 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1789)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • Apr 5 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • Apr 26 John King, youngest known pirate (joined crew of pirate Samuel Bellamy), lost in a shipwreck at sea aged 10 or 11
  • Apr 26 Samuel Bellamy "Black Sam", English pirate (ship Whydah Gally) lost in a storm at sea at 28