On This Day

What Happened in April 1721

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 3 Robert Walpole becomes Britain's 1st Lord of the Treasury - effective Prime Minister, although that term was never officially used (indeed, it was considered an insult) until much later

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • Apr 11 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia (d. 1808)
  • Apr 14 William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, English army leader, born in London (d. 1765)

Roger Sherman

Apr 19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

  • Apr 24 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptized in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 14 Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)

Mary Read

Apr 28 Mary Read, English pirate who operated in the Caribbean, dies of a violent fever while in prison and likely still pregnant aged 36