On This Day

What Happened in April 1722

Historical Events

Easter Island Moai

Apr 5 Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen is the first European to discover Easter Island / Rapa Nui in the southeastern Pacific

  • Apr 22 19 VOC "komplotteurs" in Batavia executed
  • Apr 30 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 11 Christopher Smart, English poet & journalist (Ceremony of Carols), born in Shipbourne, England (d. 1771)
  • Apr 12 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, born in Livorno (d. 1793)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 13 Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican priest, dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Pieter Erberveld, German-Thai merchant on Java, Indonesia. He was accused of plotting a rebellion with the Javanese, tortured and executed at around 62
  • Apr 21 Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)