On This Day

What Happened in April 1724

Historical Events

Historic Event

Apr 1 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War

Historic Publication

Apr 1 Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters

Historic Event

Apr 6 Thomas Pelham-Holles becomes British Minister of Foreign Affairs

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion" premieres in Leipzig


Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 12 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1790)

Immanuel Kant

Apr 22 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Critique of Pure Reason), born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1804)

  • Apr 27 Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1784)
  • Apr 27 Colonel Thomas Gardner, American heroic political figure and soldier, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1775)