On This Day

What Happened in April 1719

Historical Events

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Apr 25 Daniel Defoe publishes "Robinson Crusoe", regarded as the 1st English novel

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 17 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, born in Wińsko, Poland (d. 1770)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest and saint of the Catholic Church, dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian & composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France, dies at 83
  • Apr 21 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and historian (b. 1640)